Manure - at least it's not gonna kill ya with its smell - neither will the flies. Carbon Monoxide, Diesel, Cigarettes, etc.. yet, those are allowed to be belching from vehicles and rolled down windows.
As for the safety of the children due to the horse - no different, IMO, than drivers who speed off from the window. And any parent worth their salt wouldn't let their child lumber into the drivethru lane unattended!
I keep hearing this hitching post and buggies/carriage and am kinda stunned. It's ok to go in and have a drink (or several) and then drive your horse home? Talk about drinkin' and drvin'. Sounds like not only are people possibly endangering their own lives and of the people around them, but their horse(s) too. (Don't get me wrong - A DRINK, ONE - is fine).
Yes, manure won't kill you, unless it's a truck load dumped on you. However, some people would be repulsed by the smell when they are trying to eat.
Safety of the children? Haven't you ever seen a child run where they shouldn't, such as out into the street without looking? Kids will do stupid things without thinking. So a kid sees the horse through the window and before the parent knows, the kid has run out the door to go see the horse. Some drive-thrus have parking lots next to them, where a kid can come from behind the vehicles without being seen.
Here in the US, you can get a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) on a horse. Just because you stop and have a drink doesn't mean you're drunk. If you are seriously drunk and riding a horse, then you would be endangering your horse, yourself, and possibly others. I don't see a problem with even having a drink while riding. As long as you are being responsible about it.
I bet you'll love this one. It's a pic of riding up to an offsale horsback. I had mentioned it in my earlier post: kim 00063.jpg