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Maryland has a long history of activities with horses Ė since the 1600ís actually! With that kind of history it is expected that Maryland is home to many and varied breeds/disciplines, including the grand tradition of hunting with hounds. Actually the number of light breeds accounts for at least 50 percent of all horses in the state. Maryland has an extensive range of trails, guided trails, state forests and parks and nationals parks --spaces for pleasure riding!  Of course there are the associations, breed and discipline shows, clinics, etc.

However, it is no surprise that with the length of horse-history in this state that Thoroughbreds and racing are popular, along with which come the breeding and training farms. Thoroughbreds are the most popular single breed, as well as the official State Horse. Quarter Horses are next , and there is also a population of Standardbreds.

Maryland definitely has race tracks with live racing: Laurel Park, Ocean Downs, Rosecroft Raceway, Timonium and the famous Pimlico, host of the Preakness Stakes (the 2nd of the three races that comprise the Triple Crown). History is rich in Maryland, along with itís history with horses.

Maryland is also famous for the wild horses (ponies) of Assateague. The island of Assateague is separated by a fence at the State line of Virginia and Maryland. The half of the wild ponies on the from Virginia side of the island are called the Chincoteague ponies! The Assateauge wild horses continue in their natural setting under the management of Marylandís National Park Service, and give pleasure to all horse lovers.

There are many horse- historic landmarks in Maryland: Bel Air Mansion & Museum, Glen Riddle Farm (Where Man Oí War lived when Mr. Riddle first purchased him as a yearling), Havre De Grace Track, Sagamore Farm, Windsields Farm, and the Thrasher Carriage Museum, to name only a very few. Maryland Thoroughbred champions also number many, and a few are: Omaha, Native Dancer, Gallant Fox, Discovery, Cigar and of course Barbaro. Tourism is a factor in this state for any horse person in the area!

With so many Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, plus other breeds, Hunter/Jumper is very big, but other breeds and disciplines hold their own too. The Maryland Horse Show Association dates from 1932 Ė a great source for horse shows/events in MD, and one of the oldest show orgs in the US! Itís simply a state for all horses for all purposes really, with one horse stables to international level events, yet pleasure riding is a common pastime too.

The Maryland Horse Industry Board is unique and extremely helpful, being a regulatory body, and advocacy for horse protection, commercial riding, lesson and boarding, rescue and rental stables.

Horse Property in Maryland follows the land. Maryland is a small state in size, but has terrain examples found in most of the rest of the country, all in one state. In the western part of the state, one finds pine grove and mountains, while in the eastern area sand dunes. Chesapeake Bay area contains marshlands and wildlife, with cypress. Then the Piedmont region sports forests of oak trees and rolling hills. The style of homes and buildings on horse property varies with the style of landscape and so does the climate!

Population is understandably greater near the cities and suburbs around Washingon, D.C., and also in and around Baltimore. IF youíre looking for property more rural, then head east, south or west. Marylandís history as a Border State has allowed varied cultures to exist in one state, which is interesting. Baltimore and areas of Washington, D. C. are definitely more like the Northeast, while the western area of the state is more Appalachian. Yet a Southern culture abides along the Eastern and Southern shore areas.

With such variety in one state, architectural styles found on horse property varies too Ė from Colonial ( of course!) to Cape Cod, to the one level rambling ranch style, and more.

First connect with the state orgs and associations for your favorite horse breed and discipline, research their state activities and events, study the variation in landscape and then contact a realtor or three!!

Be sure to check HSC’s calendar of shows for this state.