Rural Sanctuary: Most Readers Keep Their Horses in the Country

More than 880 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you keep your horse(s) in rural, suburban, or urban facilities?"

results of poll on ulcers

Results were as follows:

  • Rural (the country): 73.65% (654)
  • Suburban (in or near a residential area of a city): 22.07% (196)
  • Urban (in or near a city): 4.28% (38)

Readers tell us if they like their horses' living arrangements in the comments below.

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  • We live on 5 acres. Horses are stalled, and let out during day.
  • rural areas have less or no rules.
  • I keep them right behind my house in the country!!!
  • We have 7 acres and 2 horses.
  • Paradise for my horses!!!
  • At home on 15 acres of hay field.
  • Great area for riding - lots of dirt roads and open fields.
  • I keep my horse in a rural community. Homes there are on 3 or larger acre lots.
  • yes-convenient to stores
  • As always , I wosh I could have more pasture!
  • love it
  • Love it. Quite and beautiful.
  • Yes, it is not a very big stable but very horse friendly!!!
  • yes; it's at home
  • Meh. I wish it was closer.
  • usually! wish i was adjacent to state park!
  • my horses are on a half acre dirt lo with shade trees.they also have access to grass frequently.
  • It is rural but riding distance from a village and also many trails. Nice area.
  • Love It!
  • I'd less hog confinements!!!!!!!!!
  • Yes, sandy soil, many trees, lots of room
  • Dislike the area
  • Area was very rural when farm was established in 1992, unfortunately,suburbia is moving our way!
  • I keep them at home, near a small town but development is near so I will have to move. .. .
  • Love it 40 acres surrounded by national forrest miles of trails!!
  • our 7 horses live on our farm, along with goats cows donkeys ect.
  • One is right out side a small town the other is in the woods.
  • We are just 6 miles from town LOVE having all the conveniences but also being in a rural setting....
  • love
  • love it but would like a better tack shop
  • Too much mud, but we don't have many indoor riding facilities.
  • Yes, very much, lots of trails to ride inthe area,or I trailer my horse within a 20 mile radius to r
  • Most beautiful country there is!
  • I love it. Trails run along the streets all over town so you just walk out your driveway and ride
  • Yes have 4 acres and so near to everything.
  • no trails--must trailer out to ride in good areas
  • YES! very peaceful with lots of riding space!
  • too many people
  • very much
  • Yes except it is rapidly suburbanizing and loosing trails.
  • LOVE THE COUNTRY!!!
  • On our farm... wouldn't want them anywhere else!
  • i live across from a 44.000 acre trail system -little drive to work but love the wild trails
  • Yes; most homes are on 5+ acres and are zoned agricultural.
  • Yes as I have live here most of my life.
  • I preferred keeping them at home but sold the farm and now board in the country.
  • Phoenix, AZ: County Park system has excellent trails.
  • love it
  • yes they are at my house
  • Yes, lots of places to work my ponies
  • It's the desert. Wicked hot in summer, wicked cold in winter, wicked windy in the spring and fall.
  • Like the area they have, detest the noisey neightbours
  • out where Christ left His slippers.
  • yes and no, we are on a main road through the area so its very busy
  • very much
  • Love it! Been here 25 years.
  • f has tons of trails very horse friendly
  • yes and no. I would rather have more places to trail ride in close proximity to the barn.
  • no
  • getting overdeveloped in my area
  • I have about 6 acres pasture and miles of trail, love it.
  • starting to get to populated
  • I love it! It's as close to paradise as the flat farmfields can get in Illinois.
  • 3/31/2011 11:56:01 AM it was rural when we moved here. I'd prefer less neighbors
  • I wish there were barns a little closer because I have to travel 30 minutes to and from the barn.
  • I hope to spend the rest of my life in the country
  • yes, it is my own yard
  • I live in Kentucky on a farm. What's not to like ?
  • Yes. We are fortunate to have around 400 acres of woods and farm fields to ride in.
  • Lucky to be in Lexington, KY - horse heaven. Otherwise, would be rural.
  • Like the country, don't like my neighbors and their loose dogs
  • yes. rural feel & appearance, but 10 mins. from town
  • We went out as far as was practical to get what we could afford to pay in board.
  • yup....plenty of pasture and the opportunity to be out as much as desired; many areas to ride, as we
  • You Betcha..That's why I moved here.
  • Our county has rated the area where we live at 0% growth from the next 20 years :)
  • yes,beautiful hilly country in Western New York State, lots of trails & wildlife
  • Yes - if we can keep the developers at bay!
  • love it! upstate NY is great horse country
  • it is ok getting crowded though
  • I like living in So Cal but they keep building on my trails. Now I have to trailer out.
  • sort of
  • Rural are being encroached upon by suburban development. Sad situation
  • Fortunately, I have 5 acres for my one horse.
  • It's a great area but all the expensive driving to everything is a drawback.
  • Mix of all 3, rural residential, horse property 45 miles from LA, Calif. More country than other 2.
  • Love it here on our farm. The horses are 75ft from back door. Can see them from every window.
  • They are within walking distance of my home. Just don't have the space.
  • yes, we have 80 acres; with 20 horses; farm is 15 min from shopping areas.
  • Yes, but I am in the middle of no mans land with no one close by to ride with.
  • I can ride the dirt roads near my house.
  • Peaceful English Norfolk countryside
  • YES! Love it :)
  • yes riding trails are right there also
  • no
  • Yes, we have 72 lovely acres, but traffic is increasing on our road
  • Used to be rural, in the Growth Boundary now. Still nice.
  • Yes, just wish development would stop.
  • yes, it is home
  • Love it! Miles of trails out my back yard.
  • I love having room and freedom for my horses to move!
  • Yes!!! We are in the middle of 2,000 acres
  • Yes. It is close to my house and the horses have some freedom to move about and "be horses"!
  • YES!! We have enough property to grow our own hay and have the horses turned out year round.
  • Live in Armstrong, BC and it's wonderful for horses and people
  • SOMEWHAT
  • 1 1/2 acre prop set up for five horses, outskirts of Phx, AZ desert-way out!
  • Yes, but a work in progress
  • horse heaven
  • I love it here: NY's Finger Lakes
  • Most of Vermont is rural :)
  • Rather too near a local road but good facilities otherwise
  • I'm VERY lucky with miles of protected riding right out of my stable
  • No, but at this time I don't have much choice, must work
  • boarding barn in outskirts of small town
  • yes it's on my farm with plenty of hay meadows for riding
  • The country is the place to have your horses.
  • Yes!
  • land owners don't want you on their property. It's getting harder to ride near home.
  • I love where we live, lots of riding places & great trails
  • convenient to my home
  • Yes, although it's starting to fill with people.
  • not much. Very little horse activity
  • Country, Love it!
  • its getting harder with city people moving to the country and wanting to sanitize it
  • no but my trainer lives there
  • 100% YES ! We have our own hay, 20 acres to let our KIDZ wander, and wonderful neighbors.
  • Yes, just wish we had a couple more acres for grazing
  • Yes - except for the bears!
  • considered 'semi rural'- too city for the country & too country for the city
  • yes. i am at a barn right outside of the san francisco city limits.. i get there via public transit!
  • Fairly rural-for So. Calif. May not be rural by other's standards. Constant fight w/ developers.
  • Don't like having to trailer to ride
  • Very convenient
  • Area is great but road is being widened and traffic is increasing - trails have been reduced
  • We love it - it is our home - We are lucky we can keep her at home.
  • Yes, it is peaceful and serene.
  • Love it..so peaceful and refreshing to come home to.
  • It is the only place with decent facilities close to home while I save money to by my own property.
  • Malibu, next to the trails
  • At home in the country!
  • kept at home too!
  • Love this area but we need more improved pastures with less fescue.
  • home while I save money to by my own property.
  • 180 acre Ky farm,,LOVE IT
  • In our backyard!!! (-K
  • Yes, it is close enough to be convenient but far enough away from the city to be good for horses
  • love it.
  • Dead end road, 112 acres.....love it!
  • fantas access to track and trails network in the noosa shire, queensland, australia. wouldn't swap
  • yes, it's my small farm in an annexed area
  • Yes, very much
  • We live in the northwoods, and it is horse friendly country. We keep our horses at home.
  • Absolutely!
  • Near Del Mar, CA. Pretty darn good since I live in San Diego.
  • yes I love our place only wish we had 20 or 30 acres more.
  • Love the area, but wish there were more trails available nearby
  • YES, nice and quiet
  • Love it, been boarding my horses at the same ranch for almost 25 years!
  • LOVE it!!!
  • No, I wish it was further out. There is no place to ride.
  • The horses run loose on two hundren acres of ranch land.
  • its somewhere between rural and suburban
  • Yes! I have a grade school in back and wildlife refuge in front.
  • Love it! We're an equestrian community surrounded by wildlife management areas.
  • Love it. I wish it was closer to my house (suburbs) but the farm is great and horse is very happy.
  • LOve it!!!!!
  • Love the area as it is only a 5 minute drive from my home
  • Rural is the best - nice and quiet!
  • I used to live in a rural area. Now it is a suburban area and continues to grow.
  • Yes, except new city people moving in!
  • love it
  • Yes, it's home.
  • Excellent horse area in Maryland w/fields & fairly quiet roads for riding.
  • Yes, I will keep htem rural until I don't have that option.
  • Yes, it is my own property
  • I rent a barn
  • Love it. They are in my backyard.
  • LOVE IT!
  • We live in Michigan and love the area
  • Yes, excepy for flooding
  • No, housing development all around. No fopen range for riding.
  • Yes very much
  • Barely out of village limits, but seconds away from town
  • not very horse friendly and too much mud.
  • Very nice; lots of horses in my region
  • No, too many neighbors, and a busy side road. Not many places to ride.
  • love it, tho it is now becoming a bit more "crowded ' than when we first moved here 35 years ago...
  • Absolutely
  • not really - there is no infrastructure to trail ride
  • Absolutely love it. We board now, are looking to move there.
  • Yes,but it was rural when we moved here 31 years ago.
  • no I would like more places to ride
  • Love it... KY Bluegrass..
  • Yes. It is beautiful with access to 27 miles of trails around a lake.
  • we are stationed at Fort Riley and board about 20 miles away in the country
  • I live in a very small town in a remote region of Utah high Desert. I love it here!
  • Rural with lots of places to trail ride and unwind!
  • Live here 26 years; open trail riding; love rural lifestyle.
  • Love it! Polk County NC is very horse-friendly
  • I have my horses on my own property in Montana and love it..
  • Yes. My horse see different things that she wouldn't see on the trail
  • Yes...we love Lone Star Stables where we keep our horses!
  • It use to be rural 20 years ago but it has transitioned to a suburb now and we can't wait to move!
  • We love living in Vermont.
  • Need more space
  • Love it. I lived in the city for a long time. Now I'm back in the country with my horse.
  • 10 mins from a big city, but will be moving to a rural area closer to a city we actually like
  • I have my horse at my 6 acre farm and LOVE IT!
  • not any more. 35 years ago we were country.
  • I love living on the edge of nowhere, lots of riding room
  • it is great having my horses at my house
  • yes I have all 4 of my horses at home outside my bedroom window :)
  • We are fortunate to live in NW CO where land is not as expensive and we have 250 acs for our horses
  • but suburbia is closing in fast!
  • I have 3 acres and 4 horses - the best life
  • love it - can ride all day and see no one
  • Rural-Best for horses & owners
  • We used to be in coutnry but suburbia is quickly taking over!!
  • very much
  • love it in the country
  • Can't beat having 200,000 acres of trails out my back door
  • Farmland on 2 sides, horse property on 1 side, floodplain on the other!
  • Yes, neighbors also have horses so we combine riding area by sharing trails and ride together.
  • I think it is a rural community with suburban sprawl -- cows and corn and housing developments.
  • Absolutely!
  • I LOVE IT! NO NEIGHBORS to bother my horses or dogs.
  • Yes, but it is definitely growing with population.
  • Love it!
  • Yes--but wish it were closer to large riding acreages
  • I LOVE it! 3/29/2011 3:43:26 PM Shadow Hills, NE Los Angeles. Love it!
  • It was REALLY rural here 20 yrs. ago.Now, a lot more humans--oh well.
  • Too built up for me - we are an oasisi!
  • Not large enough but does the job
  • Wish it was closer, but adore the acreage
  • I like it but too many people live here now.
  • Our Horses run free on 70 acres.
  • they live in their own barn in my backyard
  • I am lucky enough to have 20 acres of good pasture
  • yes, my horse lives at my house
  • We have a 10 acre hobby farm
  • very much ... I just wished that I lived there, too, instead of in the suburbs an hour away
  • We love our little farm. It is in one of MD's few "green zones!"
  • I love the country life! Just glad we have 320 acres to bunker us from any neighbors.
  • yes, very much!
  • Yes--I built it 13 years ago for the purposes of returning to the country and having horses again.
  • Absolutely - fresh air and no city noise
  • I am adjacent to 20 miles of trails and a 5-acre equestrian showgrounds.
  • OK, but city people that don't understand farms are moving in closer all the time
  • Absolutely!
  • Yes. I live in an area called Bridle Trails where there's a 470 acres st park just for horses.
  • Yes because this area has a high number of horse properties, therefore no neighbor problems
  • Love it! Auburn, CA is the best horse area in the area.
  • Our rural life beats city life 100%
  • wish it was rural...
  • Absolutely!!
  • Yes . . . they're in my backyard.
  • Yes, can ride on my property or on nearby trails. Don't have to deal with many cars or bikes
  • Except for high NC taxes, we love the place.
  • We have a 36 acre farm but really are in a suburban area.
  • it's perfect, close to everything with over 100 miles of horse trails!
  • Mountain bikes and loose dogs are a constant hazard on the equestrian trails.
  • absolutely
  • we have a barn with 7 acres
  • LOVE it! The Endless Mountains of Pa is a wonderful place to have horses. Absolutely beautiful views!
  • we must commute 21 miles one way to the care facility we have our horse at but it is worthevery mile
  • Yes, secluded but not too far away from essential shopping!
  • I board my horse at a rural farm about 25 minutes outside my home in suburbia.

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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