Moving horses to France.. help

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Been reading this other thread with interest but didn't want to hijack it with my own queries!!
https://forums.horseandhound.co.uk/threads/moving-horses-to-france.799787/#post-14510746

Planning (hoping!) to move to France this year with 2 horses - if anyone has any useful info re horses for the Charente Maritime region would be most welcome! eg farriers/feed/instructors etc or the address of helpful french sites as struggled to find proper info so far!?

Hoping to have them at home but if we can't get enough land we're considering buying or renting some close by - however, I'm led to believe this may not be so easy? Does anyone know if you are allowed to graze horse on land designated as 'Groupement Foncier Agricole' - house we are currently looking at is fairly near Parthenay and I've been told there is a parcel of land next to it that we may be able to get as its just a tad short on acreage!

One agent told me there is a general right of way across farmland for horses in France - is this true? - other comments I've read suggest not!?

Thanks!
 

Pebble101

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I have no idea about rights of way across farmland for horses but when my BIL was running through farmland he was shot at. They can be a bit trigger happy at times, I remember being out there on holiday and being a bit shocked at a hunter walking around town with his rifle over his arm.
 

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Been reading this other thread with interest but didn't want to hijack it with my own queries!!
https://forums.horseandhound.co.uk/threads/moving-horses-to-france.799787/#post-14510746

Planning (hoping!) to move to France this year with 2 horses - if anyone has any useful info re horses for the Charente Maritime region would be most welcome! eg farriers/feed/instructors etc or the address of helpful french sites as struggled to find proper info so far!?

Hoping to have them at home but if we can't get enough land we're considering buying or renting some close by - however, I'm led to believe this may not be so easy? Does anyone know if you are allowed to graze horse on land designated as 'Groupement Foncier Agricole' - house we are currently looking at is fairly near Parthenay and I've been told there is a parcel of land next to it that we may be able to get as its just a tad short on acreage!

One agent told me there is a general right of way across farmland for horses in France - is this true? - other comments I've read suggest not!?

Thanks!
This site should have answers to many of your questions.

You should also keep an eye on the FFE's website, and on that of GeoCheval.

Google will find you lots of resources in both English and in French, if you use precise enough search terms.

Here's a chapter from a book published by PUR, that deals with recreational access to agricultural land.

The best way to buy land is to be over here already, in the area where you want to buy, and find yourself a helpful local notaire.
 
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EmmaJC

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This site should have answers to many of your questions.

You should also keep an eye on the FFE's website, and on that of GeoCheval.

Google will find you lots of resources in both English and in French, if you use precise enough search terms.

Here's a chapter from a book published by PUR, that deals with recreational access to agricultural land.

The best way to buy land is to be over here already, in the area where you want to buy, and find yourself a helpful local notaire.
Brill - many thanks ill take a look at all that!
 

sunnyone

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If you do buy agricultural land you will have to build into your annual budget the annual taxe foncière. It won't be huge but it is there to be paid.
I am on a corner of 2 lanes, so they come along at least once a year and cut back the growth in the ditches, as well as doing the grass on the roadside verges regularly. Less work for us!

The potholes get mended very frequently too.

My land had not been fenced previously and was originally approached via a chemin d'exploitation which we inevitably churned up, so we asked to bridge one of the ditches to give us direct access. The mairie'sent out a chap to inspect the location and advise on the width. He also told us where to buy the pipe we needed and when it was paid for went and collected it, sited it and put a load of soil on top. All at no additional charge! The Maire was astonished that I thought I maybe should have received a bill.
Last year we received a 50% rebate cheque for 2018's tax as a "natural disaster"had occurred in the area and many farmers lost their crops due to late frosts and/or flooding.
 

Lexi 123

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Don’t have anything useful but probably best to see if you have to pay a lot of property tax . Plus it I know you don’t want to think of this but is it worth bringing the horses if you get what I mean. I know it’s upsetting thing to do . I Don’t mean to come across as rude or offense .
 
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