What does all of this mean for horse owners and horse-property owners…?
It’s important for horse-property owners to realize that even though your property may be zoned for horses, your neighbor can still file a nuisance lawsuit against you. For a lawsuit to be successful, he must show that the horse-property’s land use unreasonably and substantially interferes with his interests in the use and enjoyment of his own property. However, courts will typically consider a nuisance case from the perspective of a “reasonable person,” with usual sensitivities and sensibilities. So, if you just end up with crazy neighbors that are ultra-sensitive, or just being jerks… your situation will still be considered by a judge from the perspective of a “reasonable person.” Even so, the best option is to attempt resolving the matter out of court - the compromise that neighbors come to on their own may be more practical than one ordered by a judge that doesn't appreciate or understand horses.