Majority of Readers Live in Horse-Friendly Communities

More than 810 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you live in a horse-friendly community?"

results of poll on horse towns

Results were as follows:

  • It's OK--riding in the area is tolerated and most areas are safe: 32.76% (267)
  • Yes, we can use trails and open areas in our area to ride: 29.45% (240)
  • No, my community isn't horse-friendly: 18.53% (151)
  • Yes, my community actively encourages riders and has organized trail rides: 10.80% (884)
  • We have enough land that we don't need other places to ride: 8.47% (69)

Readers shared information about where they live in the comments below.

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  • Deer Hunters are more important than horseback riders.
  • Great equine comm. with a race track a & trails for miles
  • Not a native local and lands are closed to outsiders
  • many of the lakes in our state have equestrian camps and marked trails often we organize rides
  • Most people will let us ride on their land But some don't want horses on their property.
  • Ah, suburbia! No horses here.
  • Live out in the country, some places to ride.
  • We have 160 acres but we're only 10 min out of the city, all farmland around us
  • foxhunting in North Salem,NY keeps the land open for riders and we have a good Trail Association too
  • Have thousands of acres of FS and BLM land, county trails
  • We have a community arena, but have to trailer out for trail rides.
  • there is a number of riding clubs in area
  • Greater St Louis; nonriders whine ALOT about use of public lands for riding.
  • Bend Oregon has trails for riding in all seasons.
  • which is good since in our rural comm.no one else lets you ride on their property. go figure!!!
  • Aiken, SC where the horse is king
  • We live next to protected reservations and can ride fr miles and cool off in several creeks and rive
  • Urban sprawl has decreased area available for riding significantly
  • We are fortunate to live near Brown County State Park in Indiana -great trails for all rider levels!
  • We have dirt roads and many privately owned trails which are able to be used by riders. There are al
  • I live in Kelowna, BC and we have Mission park greenway and Myra Bellvue park, within city limits
  • Too many speeding cars with ignorant drivers makes riding unsafe. I ride at home.
  • Dutchess County
  • We are a town of 1700 residents owning 110 horses. Voters approved a Right-to-Farm bylaw.
  • Albemarle County, VA is very horse friendly. Open areas, active hunt comm. & wlk and talks, etc.
  • We take our horses to the Rocky mountains foothills as well to ride in the summer
  • Nuevo, CA
  • I am happy to say I live on a 500 acre farm.
  • Urban sprawl with city drivers!
  • sad that horses are not wanted in town here ...
  • drivers where I live no longer bother to slow down, move over, or seem to care
  • Fortunately we can ride on our own 70 acres, but even the nearby Erie Canal trail was closed by the
  • we have people who will open gates and throw trash in the water .
  • We protected our area with a rural zoning overlay. N. L.A. County, CA
  • Barking dogs, narrow between fences, heavy traffic, garbage from backyards. Need very quiet horse.
  • I Love Southern NH. We are horse friendly and have great areas to ride!!
  • one can ride but be careful..drivers will run you over
  • No one allows riding on their land, and traffic often does not slow for horses or pedestrians.
  • I'm in Bossier City. You can't ride in deer hunting season Oct - Feb, hunters have first priority.
  • most land is privately owned so need to ask permission but developing quickly
  • Just moved to 15 acres in a RURAL community. Most of our neighbors are farmers.
  • Farm country, rural residential...fortunately, several square miles of Ducks Unlimited land helps
  • The number one industry in my area is horse related and over 500 miles of trails.
  • specific permission from land owners to ride
  • Very dense horse area but no community trails. I'd never ride on the bike trail.
  • live in a ranching community, can only ride on roads or own property.
  • Bedford NY is a rider's paradise with 160 miles of trails and an active riding association (BRLA)
  • We trailer our horses about 10 miles & then have 25 miles of trails to ride.
  • Oakdale, California is the Cowboy Capital of the World!!
  • ATV's, Snowmobiles, and other recreational vehicles, are a better hobby to get into in my community.
  • 10 acre per parcel subdivision originally horse community-not as many horses now
  • Southern PInes is the ultimate horse-friendly place to ride!
  • we are in a rural area, some farmers let us ride in their fields, also nearby Natl Forest trails
  • we are a rural/farm state. not everyone is so lucky
  • The mayor just voted down "horse crossing" signs. :(
  • Yes, small town in Central MS with horse coliseum and Bienville Nat'l Forest w/26 miles of trails!
  • In my area, not much riding available unless trailer to a park.
  • We have a county parks that horse trails
  • Netherlands is highly populated, there is not that much space. Traffic does not anticipate horses.
  • Yucaipa, Ca has open areas, lots of trails, and an Equestrian arena.
  • boulder county, colorado is not as horse friendly as neighboring larimer County.
  • Nearby state parks and wilderness with miles of trail systems
  • Southern Pines, North Carolina is HORSE COUNTRY. We have a 4,000 acre area dedicated for equestrians
  • It used to be...then the developers came...
  • Our land is bordered by public lands.
  • They have to like us--we outnumber them!
  • Wellington, Fl-'nuff said!
  • It was great 16 yrs ago but now it is full of subdivisions and careless drivers.
  • Horses in Sedona/Village of Oak Creek AZ share the trails with hikers and mountain bikes.
  • Although there are more houses than 10-20yrs ago, there are about 16 barns in a mile radius now.
  • We have accessable trails, but that is unusual around here. Lots of farmland.
  • Restricted to a few conservation areas tha allow riding on trails for a fee or membership plus ins.
  • Not totally, but trails on county/state properties closed to horses
  • trails blocked by development
  • Very rural area. Between my land, a neighbors fields and dirt roads there is alot of space.
  • 20 mile bridle path easement in our equine community for use by all residents
  • We need more riding trails, and less deforrestation
  • many trails being hard surfaced for bicycles and fields designated off leash dog areas
  • Land a'plenty but NO vet clinic - horse bloodwork done at human hospital!
  • Where I board my horse is very horse friendly, I live in a different city.
  • there's a state park next door, but they do not allow riding on trails. must stay on roads.
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Jackson County MO offers lots of horse friendly trails and events.
  • Davie, Florida is a town with a long history of agriculture including horses and rodeos.
  • I live in Ramona, Ca in San Diego county. It is still quite rural in an urban county,
  • Hores community everyone has horses.
  • many riders and carts on streets here
  • New neighbors blocked of trails abutting my land. other trails are 1.5 miles down the road.
  • I live in a small subdivision that allows horses, there is a bridal path through out our community
  • DAVIE, FLORIDA
  • I have to mostly trailer away from home, people are mostly mean.
  • A few neighbors allow me to ride on their heavily wooded land, but there are no trails adjacent.
  • Gated Equestrian Community with 3 miles of trails.
  • Tryon NC IS horse country - many trail systems, horse show venues and riders from all disciplines.
  • Located in Iceland, nearby Reykjavík. It's beside Rauðhólar and Rauðavatn
  • We don't have any horse designated areas, and ride on the roads.
  • too urban
  • I live next to 250,000 acres of national forest, just outside the large resort of Sunriver, Oregon
  • It was hard to believe I could have my horses in my back yard but I can here in Scottsdale Az
  • there is no place to ride only on the dirt roads where all the gas and oil rigs are going
  • Our tiny island has a horsepark!
  • In the covenants where we live anyone can ride on the edge of properties-10' leeway.
  • nv/ca lots of public land w/ lots of equestrian use
  • Weatherford, TX--Cutting Horse Capital & Greenwood Horse Trials :-)
  • Most people in our town/village enjoy seeing the horses, but we have a few who cause trouble
  • Ottawa - limited use of trails in city limits -
  • There is a trail around the subdivision but it has not been kept up.
  • We own 800 acres with lots of trails to ride on and never leave the farm!
  • Most Pa State Game lands are not open to horses.
  • I mostly see horses on the streets and beaches. I've never noted any problems.
  • it is not an actual equestrian community, but many trail ride
  • Our residential area backs into a 1500-acre regional park with trails for horses, hikers and bikes.
  • Thankfully the area promotes and protects multi-use trails, but private open land is rare.
  • Homesites average only about 2.5 acres but perfect for keeping one or two. I ride the neighborhood.
  • I live in Oakland County Michigan, and everywhere you turn theres a horse lover.
  • where I live is all main roads No trails as all land is either Calm land, nature reserves fenced off
  • Chatsworth, CA. riding clubs, horse shows, trails, bridel paths between housing, resturaunt to tie
  • just keeping a horse on acreage is upcoming problem
  • We encounter dirt bikes, 4 wheelers and sand rails. Most are respectful & we all get along OK.
  • We live 3 miles from the nearest city, so we have a lot of back roads and field to ride in.
  • The farmers don't want the horses compacting the soil, anywhere.
  • We are trying to help change this, have gotten involv. w/ rails to trails and includ. equines too
  • 1st we were told that are horse couldn't ride in town but we found out differently
  • This is regarding immed. area - there are parks with equestrian trails within 10 miles.
  • We have a State Park with horse trails. Getting there is becoming more challenging, as lots develop
  • Sadly, the beautiful farmland is being converted to stores that subsequently close anyway :(
  • share trail with non-riders--its awful!
  • There is a Back Country Horseman chapter here that keeps trails open for us.
  • In our rural community, 99% are respectful to the horse and rider on the road.
  • a few sq. miles of farm land they don't want the horses on and no trails
  • Sadly, need to haul 1 hour away to ride.
  • We have an exquisite network of government and private land, plus club with indoor arenas for winter
  • We have to haul our horses about 1 hour to the closest riding places.
  • Used to live in nice horse area, development is eating it up
  • The Forest Preserve severely regulates where we can ride and we share trails with bikes,joggers,etc.
  • Equine industry contributes over $1.0b annually to region. This is waking govt. up to needs.
  • I livbe in a farming community and have made friends w/ all of the farmers- (free pony rides om Bday
  • After all the promises they paved and concreted the use to be horse paths in the town. Politics!
  • Norco, CA 180 miles of groom trails around town plus 80 mi. of natural trails in a wildlife preserve
  • Flower Mound, TX used to be horse friendly. Its changing.
  • millbrook NY and Clinton Corners NY AWESOME TRAILS and tons of horse lovers!
  • We are gradually be built-over and re-zoned to eliminate horsekeeping.
  • Santa Ynez, CA very horse friendly
  • It's Wyoming, what are they going to do!?
  • London UK; reckless drivers, no way to avoid lots of roadwork :( Just lucky my horse is bomb proof!
  • Have access to 3 state parks w/in 1 1/2 hrs from home
  • I live in a city, horses are boarded out
  • My horse lives in a friendly place 20 miles from where I live.
  • However, I where I board has access to miles of trails.
  • I trailer to riding areas for diversity.
  • Norco, CA Horse Town USA is known for its rual atmosphere. Our businesses cater to the equestrians.
  • Torrance, CA. No horses. No soul.
  • I am fortunate to live near 3 conservation areas that welcome riders. Farmers don't like riders.
  • most riding is in National Forests, but unsafe during hunting season(s).
  • pilot point / aubrey TX-there are signs that say Horse Country USA everywhere.
  • Neighbors are good, I have to trailer places to ride.
  • Garland Park, Carmel Valley, CA
  • I live in a very rural, ranching area. Horses are commonplace.
  • We've tried for years to establish horse trails and only run into red tape.
  • People sic their dogs on us.
  • Our city will not allow horses on open space land & won't give us a reson for it
  • Trails on private land with most owners horse friendly.
  • Live in rural and can ride in fields in spring and fall, also logging trails along river so no bad.
  • Our community's bridle path association maintains about 25 miles of trails in public-private lands
  • I have several neighbours that allow us to ride on their land
  • It used to be but now dirtbikes are everywhere and they don't care about anyone else's safety
  • We also have trails maintained by students in the Clemson U. forest which are wonderful
  • my property abuts Connetquot Park devoted to riding horses, trout fishing, & hiking
  • Ocala, FL Need I say more
  • Permission required for private land. Parks minimal. Old trails not maintained anymore.
  • Aiken, SC! The horse capital of the SE! Lots of equine events of every kind!!!!
  • Road riding is necessary to get to fields.
  • We specifically bought land next to a state park with trails
  • Very fortunate to have lots of fields to ride in within hacking distance of the barn I board at
  • Unfortunately the area is changing; County priority is development on small acreage &development $$

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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