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post #21 of 25 Old 11-29-2011, 06:43 PM
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I apologize for making anyone angry and I seem to have been completely misunderstood by all but a select few (which underscores my fears about the horse community).

This is not a "horse community" problem. Some people care about the environment and some don't. It has nothing to do with whether they like horses or not.
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post #22 of 25 Old 11-29-2011, 08:43 PM
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Most people who own livestock do care about the enironment. Now there's a huge gulf between those who care about the environment and those who think the environment has to be protected at all costs (greenies for short). Matter of fact, everyone I know who step outside of the city limits for their entertainment/leisure care about the environment. The caveat to that are generally young and alcohol is involved.
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post #23 of 25 Old 12-01-2011, 07:22 PM
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Exactly. I love the forest as much as anyone. I ride in it almost every weekend.

What I hate is government interference in the form of over regulation.

Kind of like Al Gore living in a 12,000 square foot house that uses enough power to light a small town and then tell us we've all got to pay for carbon credits to save the world.

Don't do as I do, do as I say do.

The same thing applies to the forest.....don't ride in it, it hurts it....but never mind the clear cutting or the man behind the curtain.
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post #24 of 25 Old 12-27-2011, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #25 of 25 Old 12-27-2011, 10:39 AM
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Glad you're back, now where in the world have you been?
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