In a country as beautiful as the U.S., we have plenty of fantastic places to live. Deciding to move is full of aspirations, adventures, and unknowns. Yet, moving becomes difficult when you have to bring along your horses, tack, clothing, dogs, and everything else. So before packing your bags and loading up your horses, check out these pros and cons for each region west of the Mississippi.

Pacific Northwest.

It rains a lot in the Pacific North West

Love the sound of rain

Hopefully, you and your horse enjoy the sound of rain hitting a tin roof because you are going to hear it very often.

Pros: High levels of rainfall produce high quality hay, which your horse will love. And you both will appreciate the mild summers and winters. For examples, in Washington State, summer days rarely rise above 79⁰F while winter days rarely drop below 46⁰F. The Pacific Northwest is also infamous for its beautiful landscapes, including forests and mountains. Make sure to check out those riding trails too.

Cons: If you decide to move to the Pacific Northwest, the image above will soon become you and your horse. So be prepared for rain…and lots of it. Buy a raincoat, an umbrella, rain boots, and an extra raincoat



A state that has it all.

California has it all

California has it all


Pros: People move to California for a reason. Californian’s have the best of all worlds; beaches, mountains, and forests. Plus the winter weather is practically non-existent!

Cons: California has been in a drought crisis for the last couple years. Be prepared to fork up some cash to pay your water bill, especially if you are bringing multiple horses. Don’t forget about potential natural disasters too. Due to the water issues, California regularly experiences mudslides, wildfires, and earthquakes. And the prices are high, especially for real estate.




The Lone Star State

Plenty of space in texas

Plenty of space in Texas

Plenty of space for all.

Pros: Texas is affordable. In the horse world, the word “affordable” is rare so Texas offers you the opportunity to own your dream horse property without breaking the bank.  The state has an abundance of horse properties along with low taxes. Besides that, the Lone Star State is known for their laid-back horse culture and captivating rodeos.

Cons: The state is huge so know precisely where you are going before you leave. Pack your atlas, your phone with navigation, your friend from Texas, and any other device that could help. Getting lost in Texas could mean aimlessly wondering around for days! Once you have developed your bearings, you’ll also have to worry about drought and feral hogs.

The South West (+ Colorado)

Remember to listen for those rattlers.

You will love to go for a ride

You will love to go for a ride

Pros: When debating if you want to move to Colorado, New Mexico, or Arizona, consider that these states have the most unique biomes in the nation. You can easily find deserts and mountains within each state. For the most part, the weather is typically nice too. For example in Colorado, humidity is very low, which you and your horse will love.

Cons: Be ready for some intense sunshine. To prepare, you should buy plenty of sunscreen and expect to spend your summer days in the shade. With the desert climate, also comes high water costs and little rain. There are rattlesnakes too!



Northern Mountain States

Snow and sunshine is a pretty combination

Snow and sunshine is a pretty combination

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Pros: Want to build an equestrian home in the mountains? Then you need to choose between Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. These states offer low taxes and have plenty of available land.

Cons: The winters are intense and long, with plenty of snow and wind.  Yet if you enjoy the winter weather, there are very few other cons.


The Midwest

Watch for the tornadoes.

Watch out for the Tornados

Watch out for the Tornados

Pros: Your horses will love the pastures in the Midwest! Due to low population densities in Kansas, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, lush pastures are plentiful. Typically land is flat and relatively inexpensive.  If you want to become a farmer, this is the best place to start too!

Cons: Located in Tornado Alley, you will need to be prepared for some serious natural disasters. Take the proper precautions and always be prepared.  The Midwest has snowy winters with adequate sunshine, as compared to the grey, dark winters in the Northeast.





Written By Anna Hellman


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