12-27-2011, 10:24 AM
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Thank you all for the input. Sorry for not getting back sooner, I have been on travel status for a bit (thank goodness I'm home!)
I re-read everything in the thread and see how it looks like I have an hidden motive. I do not. I work for the USDA NRCS and this is in no way related, but I am trying to figure out a middle ground. In my agency, we are all for conservation, making sure the land is usable for future generations, NOT taking land out of production or keeping livestock off of it.
If nothing else, PLEASE understand I am not for taking horses off of the land! (well, I'll leave the feral horse issue alone here) They are needed for the health of the grasses, too! But management needs to be considered, and many people understand that. Some don't or some want to expand that knowledge in order to mitigate the effects (not good or bad) that come from grazing equines.
I disagree with a lot of legislature regarding natural resources, but I refuse to not do what I feel is my part just because another agency isn't doing their part.
I agree with what you all have said and applaud those who actively manage their land. I have been dis-heartened by a few horse owners who did not care a lick about the land, and I wanted to get hope that not everyone is like that. Thank you.
And for the record, I, too own horses, graze them year round and ride in the forests that I feel **** lucky to have.
Viva the horsemen, and viva the land we use. All I'm saying is let's take care of both! Cheers.
Now I need to get my booty to work.