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#497204 10/23/14 04:24 PM
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So my step-dad keeps talking about moving to Belize (We currently live in the U.S). He has many crazy ideas, but I think he is serious this time. I'm trying to find out what it is like owning horses in Belize. I have a horse that is pretty much my child, and I will not move if he will not be healthy and happy. We would live on the mainland, so I guess my question is: What is it like living on the mainland with a horse or two? Is it really any different? Keep in mind since I've owned him (Three years) he has been out on 24/7 pasture, gets grain 2 times a day, and hay only in the winter when it's cold. He has never been healthier since I got him (He was living in a stall all day everyday with his previous owners). Thanks in Advance. smile

Keri #497250 10/24/14 02:41 PM
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You could be in luck. Lots of healthy horses on the the mainland.
Horseback riding through the jungle trails is popular. Lots of resorts offer horseback riding.
It's little known that Belize has a huge agriculture industry and farmland is abundant.
A horse will be right at home here and maybe more so than in the states where you have lots of restrictive rules and laws. Can you take your horse to the grocery store tie it outside and bring the grocerys home on it? folks in Blue Creek do.
Orangewalk has honest to god cowboys that wear spurs when they move cattle.
I've had horseback riding lessons in the area called Gallon Jug. 135,000 acres of plantation, ranch and jungle.
How will you get your horse here?? a trailer through Mexico? That will be the challenge.

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Keri #497255 10/24/14 07:52 PM
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This was discussed on another forum a couple of years ago. One writer wrote - "I was a prelim level eventer in the US who took my horses from NY to FL for a couple of months every winter. They didn't adjust well between the NY and FL climates. When we decided to move here, I talked to all sorts of people about bringing my much loved horses with me...and they all told me not to do it. I listened, and have been very glad that I did since I've talked to a lot of people since I've been here and have heard the same horror story over and over, and have actually seen a few imported horses fail and die because the owners couldn't afford to ship them back to the US. I have four tough, scrappy Belizean potlicker horses here who have more than filled the void, and I keep in touch with the people who bought my now healthy and happy US horses and they're all doing great...and I don't think that would be the case if they were here, since I have not seen one imported horse thrive here. Some survive, but none thrive as far as I have seen, and it's very sad to watch them fail." Discussion on bringing horses to Belize
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