Florida, an Equestrian State
Florida Horse Properties For Sale
Florida welcomes all horse
enthusiasts with its warm and sunny year-round climate,
excellent natural footing, and almost unlimited horse related
businesses that altogether attract an untold number of equine
competitions, as well as tourists and saavy retirees.
Some Favorite Florida Horse Trails, Pan Handle Area
The Blackwater Forest,
the Coldwater Recreation Area, is great for horsecamping
(see below) and has 48 miles of trails. There are some
gentle rolling hills and amazing streams and creeks and rivers.
It is about 30-45 min drive to the white sand beaches on the
Emerald Coast and Pensacola, FL
September till March are usually are most popular months for
trail riding, since most people like riding in cooler weather.
The Stables above at Coldwater Recreation Area,
for reservations, call: 850-957-6161.
People from all walks of life come to the Sunshine State for its
attractive weather, high job growth rate, lack of personal
income tax and relatively low cost of living. All of these
factors and more help to make Florida one of the nations fastest
Ocala, Florida -
is just one of the
fine horsey areas in
Florida. Many say Ocala
in Marion County is more than special with its approximately
1,200+ horse farms and more than 50 known breeds of horses.
Equus is 15 minutes from Wellington, home of the
National Horse Show.
The horse racing industry, which stables approx. 134,000 horses
in Florida, also has a strong presence and contributes $2.2
billion to the states dynamic economy.
Hundreds of miles of scenic coastline, Disney and the natural
beauty of the Everglades all help to make tourism Florida's
Agriculture is also big business and the state is the number one
citrus producer in the United States. Jacksonville, Miami and
Tampa are the three largest cities.
Florida Horse Statistics:
Horse Population: 550,000 horses, approximately
The State of Florida has
approximately 550,000 horses and more than 70% are used for
competition and recreation, ranking #3 in the US (as per 2005
National Horse Council Study ).
Florida is home to almost all breeds of horses, led by
Thoroughbreds (215,000), Warmbloods, Quarter Horses (95,000) and
Arabians. Florida's equine champions are known all over the
The Florida horse industry annually generates product valued at
$2.2 Billion, and has a total annual economic impact estimated
at around $7 Billion.
Over 240,000 Floridians are involved in the horse industry as
owners, service providers and employees. There are over 900
horse farms in Florida with over 72,000 employees. Florida
horsemen spend more than $1.2 Billion in annual maintenance
costs, including $185 million on feed and hay. (1996 Study Dept.
Horse Owner, Employees and Volunteers: 450,000
Land Area: 53,927 sq. miles
Seven largest cities:
St. Petersburg: 249,079;
Fort Lauderdale: 167,380
Florida Horse Trails
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