South Florida is not only home to a rapidly increasing population of humans, but it is also the home to a large population of horses as Floridians take pleasure in horse-owning and the recreational and competitive opportunities available in the area.
Due to the South Florida area’s dense population, land can be viewed as a rare commodity and the sufficient land needed to constitute a horse property may be hard to come by. Specific communities have been designed to accommodate horse owners and bring together residents with a shared passion for horses. In Miami, those areas of the Horse Country, the agriculturally-rich city of Homestead, the Redland community in Southwest Dade County, and the 8.5 Square Mile area, a country community along the eastern edge of the Everglades, all provide communities boasting a large horse-owning population. In Broward County, the city of Parkland, the town of Southwest Ranches, and Davie with its western feel, all cater to residents with a strong equestrian-oriented lifestyle. Palm Beach County boasts one of South Florida’s most renowned equestrian communities, the city of Wellington, which plays host to one of the largest horse shows in the world, the Winter Equestrian Festival.