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Memories with Mom

What is YOUR favorite horse story shared with your mom?

From the Horsetrader eArena - May 5th, 2011

She never missed a class…
Susan Hutchison
Temecula, CA

I don’t have a specific story about my Mom…I just am so lucky that I had such a great Mom. She never missed a class, came to most of my lessons and was supportive in every way. I was a very lucky kid.

Crisis, and the best time ever…
Shannon Clark
Hemet, CA

Our first trip with the truck and trailer to Des Moines, Iowa, for the POA International Sale and Futurities. One blow out, two leaking tires, a 2-year-old with stitches, buying five horses and only having a three-horse trailer AND an insane freak storm with lightning, hail, and black ice…yet having the best time ever!

What trail ride do you enjoy the most?

It's time to hit the trails! Spring is here with warmer (and drier!) weather and longer days...

From the Horsetrader e-Arena - April 7th, 2011

April 7 cover of California Horsetrader



Jennifer Rose
Templeton, CA

MY FAVE: Montana de Oro in Los Osos! It is 8,000 acres of beauty with MILES of trails — both in the mountains and on the beach. Doesn’t get more varied than this wonderful place!
BEST BECAUSE: Always something to explore. The trails are beautifully varied, with lots of eucalyptus trees and ocean/beach access. The highest peak you can ride to is 1,347 feet, and to ride to the top of that and overlook the ocean is very peaceful and breathtaking. You can walk, trot, canter and gallop over a lot of the trails and work on endurance and great conditioning for your horses, too.
I START FROM: There are several different places along the road you can park, from a dirt lot to a sandy parking lot covered with trees. Very nice all around!


Stacey Boyer
Valley Center, CA

I think the most noticeable change we have seen in the real estate market the past two quarters is the acceptance of a “new reality” for many buyers and sellers. The shock of the mortgage meltdown is wearing off and we have all had to make adjustments accordingly. That being said we have all had to move on and move forward with our lives. In Valley Center we have the luxury of having our horses at home and more and more people are recognizing the cost effectiveness of this. Now you can buy a very nice house on 2+ acres with enough room for a barn, small arena and access to trails for between $350,000-$450,000 dollars. Buyers are taking notice of the savings here. That in combination with still very low interest rates has made for incredible affordability. My advise to buyers is to make your move before interest rates go up. Price is one thing, but buyers often overlook the savings just one or two percent can make on your monthly payments — not to mention the life of your loan. Conversely my advise to sellers is don’t sell if you don’t absolutely have to. At this point in time, things have settled enough to allow for the huge price corrections. If you are not too upside-down by now, then chances are that giving it a year or two will probably work in your favor. Hang in there!