It is, in fact, legitimately known as the horse capital of the world. In reality, Kentucky may have a slight edge, but the abundance of horse farms…wow, there is no place like it on earth. It is unique in all the world. There are over 1,200 horse farms. Over 36 square miles of them – I can’t even begin to guess how may training tracks, training facilities, breeders, arenas, show facilities, tack shops…its ALL about horses.
This is, of course, my vision of heaven.
Kirk was surprised by the sheer beauty of the area. I had done a little research about what may pop up on ‘the road to find out’ as we headed south through northern and central Florida to escape winter. It’s a big state. I flagged Ocala. Anything with the word horse in it, and I’m all in. Rolling hills of green grass dotted with horses and stands of huge oaks decorated in Spanish moss. There are horses of every conceivable color and breed. The predominant industry is Thoroughbreds, but there is also a significant amount of the population simply enjoying the horse lifestyle. We found out the reason for the abundance of farms and horses and especially the Thoroughbred industry is the limestone under the soil. Baby horses thrive from the health benefits of the limestone which is found in few places, Ocala, Florida being one of them.
That’s the science behind it, but what it is aesthetically is jaw dropping gorgeous — especially to a horse lover like myself. I could go on and on and on about the horses, the farms and the beautiful tree lined country roads but I’ll share a few photos with you instead.
Giant Oaks adorned in Spanish Moss (bromeliad) in Ocala, Florida
Ocala Horse Farm
Just another beautiful country road in rural Ocala, Florida
Black Fencing in Northwest Ocala’s Golden Corridor
Beautiful farm in Southwest Ocala
Mini Farm Along Ocala’s Northwest Golden Corridor
Pretty Dapple Grey Horse on an Ocala Farm just wanted to say “hi”