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Old 07-20-2016, 01:06 PM   #1
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Full-timing with a horse help

Does anyone out there do this?

Here's our story.
Went full time in January this year. Work camping in order to stay close to our youngest son while he transitions from school to the working world. We have 2 large dogs that are no problem. DW has a horse that she is very attached to. Had his mother for 20+years and raised this guy from birth, he's 11 now. He is boarded close to us now. When we finish here this fall we are going 3 hours south for a few months and then in the spring headed to South Dakota where she has lined up another place to board him.

The issue is he gets fussy when she doesn't make him work regularly and after some time it can be like starting over with him. So we would like to be able to travel with him at least part of the time.

Our plans are to stay west of the Mississippi for the most part and we can find equestrian camp grounds. They just don't seem very plentiful.

Looking for tips from anyone that has done this. Anyone?
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I have no suggestions but that sounds like quite the undertaking and I salute you!

On a recent hiking trip I wished I had a horse to take through the back country.
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:54 PM   #3
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Here's some sites to look at:

http://www.horseandtravel.com/states...campsites.html

http://www.horsetraildirectory.com/

Equestrian Travel Articles - Bring Your Own Horse Vacations: RV Parks - Equitrekking

Google 'Campgrounds for Horses' and a lot of hits come up.

It seems like you would have to get a network of ranches as you travel. Talk to horse borders in your area to see if there is such a thing for a lead.

As we've traveled we've come across national forest campgrounds that have facilities for horse camping and trails. Cave Creek Regional Park in Arizona has a campground sites with a couple horse pens right at the trail.

It's going to take some work to find enough places. Good luck!
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I travel for horse shows at times and I suggest checking fairgrounds in areas you want to stay. Some offer boarding and rv parking when they don't have events booked.
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Full timing with horses? First thing that came to mind was the Scythians. ;-)
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just google "Living quarters horse trailers". They have some very nice ones. As far as campgrounds that are horse friendly you might try searching for a rodeo/working cowboy forum. They travel with horses all the time so they must know what your options are.
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Since you're workkamping now you might check out jobs that would take the horse such as on a ranch, farm, dude ranch, etc. It could be a very interesting lifestyle. Good luck!
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Since you're workkamping now you might check out jobs that would take the horse such as on a ranch, farm, dude ranch, etc. It could be a very interesting lifestyle. Good luck!
This may be the answer. Not sure we want to work all the time tho. Definitely worth looking into.
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My cousin has always been a horse guy, and he hasn't let RV'ing change his lifestyle. Now he's running obstacle courses with a quarter horse in competitions. He also has a couple of quarter horses that are great on trails.

There are a number of dude ranches in Arkansas (south of Hot Springs and up around Russellville.) There are also campgrounds with stables in NE Arkansas (Sunburst Stables).

Another popular area is east of Jamestown, Tennessee in the Big Sandy park area.

I would think the Great Smoky Mountains also have equestrian facilities.
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Appreciate all the info. Good to see we aren't the only fools trying to pull this off. LOL
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How big is your horse? Just throw some hay on the floor in the OTL garage.

Have you looked at those horse 5ers with living quarters? Those look pretty nice. My sister trailers her horse to many events in the summer all over Nebraska, and uses a gooseneck trailer with a home-made living quarters, but the manufactured ones would be a lot nicer.
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We stopped at a campground in MN and someone had horses with them. They took them for a walk in the evening and then put them back in the trailer. Was just an overnight stop for them. This was a regular private campground geared for overnight stays.
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JeffAZ he wold fit just fine, the problems would be him peeing in my motorcycle and licking the window then opening the door and coming on inside. LOL
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The winter horse circuit is Palm Beach-Ocala FL/Aiken SC/Lexington KY/and finally summer in Saratoga NY. Expect to pay higher prices in those areas during peak time. If you can work around the show schedule you could find some great places.
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