Horses in Dade? You Bet!
Although Florida has the THIRD largest horse population in the country many Floridians do not know all that Miami-Dade has to offer horse and rider. There are even beach dwellers and urban residents who live in Miami-Dade and do not know we have horses here. Whether your interest in horses is professional or your passion, you will find the variety and unique opportunities Dade has for the equestrian refreshing. Take a stroll with me through our county and you might just be surprised.
Several Miami-Dade areas are horse friendly, each having their own character and unique attributes.
Miami's "Horse Country" is the closest to dense population, located just west of the Turnpike between Bird Road and Sunset Drive. Made up of predominately 5 acre parcels, there are both residential horse properties as well as boarding/breeding and training facilities interspersed throughout the area. English hunter/jumper, dressage and Paso Finos all share the streets and farms in horse country. Because of it's closeness to downtown Miami, properties in Horse Country tend to be in the higher price points per acre, but you can't beat the convenience if you work downtown.
Redland is Miami-Dade's historic agricultural area and takes up a large section of Miami-Dade's south-west corner. With it's agricultural and horticultural base, you will find horse properties spread though the area, from 1 and 2 acre parcels, up to 20+ acre facilities, although the large majority are 5-10 acres. In addition to the disciplines one sees in Horse Country, western sports such as barrel racing, cutting and roping are also found.
Now known as Las Palmas, the 8.5 Sq. Mi. Area is located in a protected area of the East Everglades and is surrounded by canals and levees to protect and reduce any flooding in this natural beauty. Due to the environmentally sensitive land and the tendency to flood (which should greatly be reduced with the new canal/levee system under construction) new homes are limited to properties 40 Ac or larger. This allows the 8.5 Sq. Mi. area to retain much of it's original native beauty and is ideal for agriculture, horticulture, nurseries and horse farms. It is also often well priced. One very special aspect of the area is its close proximity to endless trails. The South Dade Greenway start here and this is also one of the only locations you have direct access to the Everglades for trail rides. There are many homes that were built before the building moratorium was put in place, so if you treasure your privacy and natural beauty, this might be the area for you.
Homestead and the Southern portion of Miami-Dade is much like Redland to it's north. Sprawling agriculture and nurseries lay interspersed with horse farms, school and boarding facilities as well as breeding and show facilities. Homestead is also home to the Homestead Rodeo (see below).
Horse and Rider have many opportunities to enjoy each other in Dade.
- The Homestead Rodeo
- The South Dade Greenway 26 miles of connected trails
- Trial Rides and Camping with the South Florida Trail Riders
- Tropical Park Equestrian Center For shows of all kinds
Horse riding is a fantastic sport for children
It teaches them discipline, care of animals and barn, sportsmanship, and much more in a safe, child friendly environment. There are many excellent schools and riding academies in Miami that have children's programs including summer camp and teacher workday camps when school is out. Additionally, the Homestead 4-H has a horse program for children.
The great news is that horse properties in Dade are available for many budgets starting in the $600,000s and going up from there. Many beautiful options are available under $1,000,000 with home, stables and fencing ready to go, just bring your horses and your sense of fun. Many families choose to live a little further out in order to enjoy all that horse life has to offer and they drive their children to school, or, conversely, they drive their children to the stables after school. I know many people who live in Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove and other locations who own and board horses. I know just as many who live south or west and drive the little extra distance to work and school to be able to enjoy the amazing lifestyle horses provide, I am among them and I wouldn't trade it for the world (we live in the 8.5 Sq. Mi. Area just on the edge of the Everglades and my daughter rides in Horse Country). My home is our haven.
To find out more about current available horse properties in Miami-Dade, go to www.SouthFloridaHorseProperties.com or call me at 786-252-4970. I would love to help you find your new horse home.
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