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post #21 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 10:42 AM
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There are a few Amish in our area and I about lost it when I read a Letter to the Editor in our local paper from a recent transplant complaining about getting horse poop on their tires.
ha before I moved, I was riding around a more expensive neighborhood....I ALWAYS kicked poop to the side if it was in a driveway...but he pooped in the MIDDLE of the road...and I was bareback...and a neighbor drove up and told me "You really need to pick that up, I shouldn't have to drive through it"........really.......Let me jus carry a pitchfork and trash bag with me.
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post #22 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 10:57 AM
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I have a bumper sticker I had custom made, that I have on the back of my horse trailer: Welcome to the country. We have dirt, noise and smells. If you wanted quiet, scenic vistas, you should have stayed in the suburbs.

I can't tell you how many laughs and high fives I've gotten from farmers and life-long country folks for that.


I'm sorry you've gotten some rather -ahem- vehement posts OP, but those of us with livestock, especially horses, really don't like to see suburbanites move into rural areas, simply because our animals are NOT petting zoo attractions for them and their children, and most of them seem unable to understand that.


Also, please do NOT let your dogs roam loose. Just because it's the country doesn't mean you can let Fido roam to defecate anywhere he pleases, or chase my livestock. SSS (shoot, shovel, shut up) is legal in rural areas for any dog caught harassing livestock, and believe me I'll do what's necessary to protect my own animals. Free roaming dogs are also more likely to be run over and killed, and don't think we'll be sorry for you if it happens. You'll most likely get a tongue lashing for being irresponsible and letting the animal roam.


The country is a lovely place but it's certainly not quiet. There will be animals having sex/urinating/defecating in plain sight, farmers driving huge, slow, noisy machinery down the roads, the occasional cow hanging out in the middle of the road, varmint/target shooting, and when it's weaning time, you'll hear cows bellowing for their calves, sometimes for days.

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post #23 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 11:18 AM
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ha before I moved, I was riding around a more expensive neighborhood....I ALWAYS kicked poop to the side if it was in a driveway...but he pooped in the MIDDLE of the road...and I was bareback...and a neighbor drove up and told me "You really need to pick that up, I shouldn't have to drive through it"........really.......Let me jus carry a pitchfork and trash bag with me.
They didn't want free fertilizer?

Hahaha

Yeah, right gonna pick up the manure out of the road while riding. Idiots.
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post #24 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 11:26 AM
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I forgot to mention the wildlife sights and sounds. There's nothing quite like being awakened by a fox screaming right under your bedroom window at 2:00 a.m. They honestly sound like a grown woman being murdered slowly and painfully.


Bears will occasionally run across the road in front of your vehicle, as will deer, coyotes, bobcats, fox, and of course the myriad squirrels, raccoons, and possums, as well as nature's clean up crew, buzzards. I almost hit a bald eagle one morning, as it had stopped to munch on something that had gotten flattened. If you think buzzards are big, you should see a bald eagle up close. They are huge, impressive raptors!


Coyotes yip, howl and yap, fox scream, yip and bark, and of course all the noise they make stirs up all the dogs in the area. Oh, and be prepared to fight a lifelong battle with insects. They'll want in the house, you won't want them in the house, and although you may win a few battles, you'll never win the war. It's the country; we're the intruders, not them.
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post #25 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 11:31 AM
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Just because not everyone is acquainted with the 'rural lifestyle' doesn't mean OP deserves such snarky comments. They came here asking a legitimate question. They seem open to learning and have not been rude, despite some of the responses they have received.
It's ok to have a different lifestyle than "you." (general you)

OP, if you haven't gotten used to the smell in a week or two, go chat with the horse owners and maybe try to reach some middle ground.

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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post #26 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 12:23 PM
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Just because not everyone is acquainted with the 'rural lifestyle' doesn't mean OP deserves such snarky comments. They came here asking a legitimate question. They seem open to learning and have not been rude, despite some of the responses they have received.
It's ok to have a different lifestyle than "you." (general you)

OP, if you haven't gotten used to the smell in a week or two, go chat with the horse owners and maybe try to reach some middle ground.
What would be middle ground?
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post #27 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 12:26 PM
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^I know relatively very little about OP's situation, so that's hard to say but it could be a number of things.
-Maybe there is a large manure pile near their property that could be relocated or donated.
-Maybe there is room on the property to move the horses further away from OP's residence.
-Maybe the horses do live in a small paddock and it needs to be cleaned more frequently.
-Maybe there is no common ground, but at least OP will have done the adult/appropriate thing by discussing her issues with her neighbors in a polite fashion.
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post #28 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 12:30 PM
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So, I don't think that's a strange question. If you haven't had experience with the animals you wouldn't know now would you? :)

Quite honestly, I don't think it matters how clean a horse owner keeps things, it will have a smell. For myself, and many other horse people, I hardly ever notice the smell of any horse pasture and even love it. BUT, when I first started dating my now husband, I know his mother complained sometimes of the neighbors horses smelling on a hot or breezy day, and they paid her youngest to clean their paddock every day, so you know it was clean. Flies and the smell are a give in.

Now it's kind of funny, I have moved my horses to my in-law's home. BUT the neighbors home that used to have the horses is up for sale, and I am now worried about a non-horsey family moving in. My husband and I talked about buying it, but it just won't work for our needs and future plans (but that's beside the point). Anyways, I now have some concerns for any people now looking to move in. I'm perfectly fine with people asking me to pet or give my horse a treat, but I don't want people just willy nilly feeding (especially the aforementioned grass clippings) or trying to play with my horses, even people with horses do this... The last neighbor's wife did... I don't want people or my horses getting hurt. Also, I am still trying to come up with a good manure management system for the small space I have, and I'm concerned too about someone thinking it stinks to much or is sloppy and gross.

Anyways, I'm sure your new neighbors will have some concerns about you as well. It's only natural. :) If I were you, I would strike up a conversation with them. Ask them as many questions as you have about their horses, bring up your concerns. Ask them what they are comfortable with you doing, and what they would rather you not do to their horses (such as feeding or touching), and I'm sure they will be more than willing to tell you and educate you about horses.

Hopefully my rambling made some sort of sense. Best of luck with the possible new house!
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post #29 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 12:57 PM
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WARNING: Be sure to get your anti-equine inoculations prior to moving. Otherwise you may soon have desires to have a couple of your own. It's a serious affliction and not to be taken lightly.

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post #30 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 04:42 PM
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Chapter 10-2 ZONING: PART III. REGULATIONS APPLYING IN ALL OR SEVERAL DISTRICTS
Here's some info on the Livestock zoning for Walnut Creek, within city limits. It kind of sounds like Apple Valley's zoning, a lot of it had to do with grandfather in as long as a livestock animal remained on the property. Where I lived, we were one of the few equestrian properties left because most had sold to non-horse families and so lost their ability to keep horses/cows/pigs on the property. When we first moved there, we were out in the boonies and then AV annexed us and we came into city limits and soon were practically in the middle of town.

Depending on which way the wind is blowing you may or may not smell them, and on hot days, humid days the smell could be stronger than others. Flies, yes you'll have some but I've had much worse flies in areas where there was no livestock. People didn't pick up after their dogs. Now THAT was stinky ad smelly.

So depending on where you are in town, you may or may not have several more livestock keepers in your area, in AV I was the only one for miles. My neighbors all sold out as soon as incorporation happened.

As a horse owner I would ask you to please not feed your fingers, or your children's fingers, to my horses. Nor would I appreciate you giving them treats, unless I was with you and agreed that a treat was ok or gave you something to feed to them.

Where I live now, truly in farm country, there's a small parcel that a farmer built a duplex rental on and people move in and out out on a regular basis. Rather than have issues, I just put up a hot wire 3 ft inside the shared fence line and put up "Electric Fence - Shock Hazard" signs on the fencing. That stopped the trespassing issues (not saying you'd do any such thing).
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