Some tips for the horse industry:
1. Be responsible. This means maintaining fencing, adding flowers and grass, painting your horse structures, removing manure from roads, and removing garbage from the facility regularly. By keeping your horse facility as neat and clean as possible, opponents of zoning favorable to horses won’t even get the opportunity to point out visible examples of how horses may detract from property values.
3. Keep your non-horse neighbors happy! The disgruntled neighbor that has never owned a horse is usually the leader of the battle against horses in suburban communities. This can be avoided if horse facilities communicate with their neighbors, especially when planning to make changes to a facility near property borders. Even though you may be under no legal obligation to do so - Be reasonable and try to understand their concerns -Neighbors won’t forget the fact that you accommodated them, or tried to.
4. Become an active participant in the community. Joining groups that sponsor worthwhile events is great for networking and shows the community that you, a horse-person, are a reasonable and likable person, who shares their concerns for keeping the community beautiful and peaceful. Community organization membership often leads to service in community government, such as on the Planning Commission, City Counsel, or Zoning Board of Appeals. You might be surprised who you meet and how your opinions can make changes!