I’m of two minds about this…

20 11 2006

(Thanks all for all the wonderful comments and links of late. I apologize for the lack of updates but I’m back teaching this week so things are a little…nutty :) Please bear with me until normal service resumes)

So horses and horse properties might be the Next Big Thing for yuppies. This Washington Post article (cited by Darley at Equitrekking — yo, Blogger users, turn your trackbacks on, for heaven’s sake) says that “[d]evelopers across the Washington region are building extravagant equestrian centers in their subdivisions to lure buyers of luxury homes in the hope that horses are the new golf. Three developments with horse centers are being built in the suburbs, which could double the number of area equestrian sites that are combined with residential communities.” While I’m all for promoting horses, are people just jumping into this because it’s trendy? Are they going to have all the knowledge and skills they’ll need to keep their horses healthy and safe? They’re a lot more complicated to care for than cats or dogs. What do y’all think?

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4 responses

21 11 2006
Amaranth

FORTUNATELY, MOST OF THESE PLACES ARE FULLY STAFFED BY EXPERIENCED HORSE-PEOPLE, JUST LIKE ANY OTHER BOARDING/TRAINING FACILITY IS. I WAS APPROACHED ONCE TO MANAGE SUCH A FACILITY, AND TURNED IT DOWN AS FAST AS I COULD. I CAN’T IMAGINE DEALING WITH YUPPIE HORSE OWNERS. REGULAR-JOE HORSE OWNERS ARE BAD ENOUGH SOME DAYS!!

21 11 2006
Patricia Barlow-Irick

A situation where there was paid staff to help would be interesting. I think working with educated and affluent people who know they are not experts is preferable to people who think they know it all because they have owned a horse or grandpa had horses.

Living in a community of horse owners would have advantages too. The disadvantages are the kinds of things that come from living in a community in the first place. Folks are eccentric at best.

Is this bad for the horses? I don’t think so….. at least there are other people around to notice if things go wrong.

Yrs,
Patricia

21 11 2006
defrostindoors

Hi Patricia,

I loved that you mentioned this: “I think working with educated and affluent people who know they are not experts is preferable to people who think they know it all because they have owned a horse or grandpa had horses.”

Ever run into people like this? They find out you’re into horses and tell you about how they used to ride at camp or at grandpa’s farm, “And we didn’t even have a saddle or anything!” Then they give you the *look*, like “You wussy, riding with a saddle and taking lessons!” Not that they ride now, or know anything about horses, of course, but by gar they didn’t need a saddle. LOL!

28 11 2006
raincoaster

I’m writing a couple of articles about Southlands right now, and let me tell you that unless you put in a bylaw requiring that people actually keep horses, what will happen is they will buy the property, but convert the barns into apartments, garages, indoor pools, and dance studios. I’ll send you a copy of the articles when they are done, but the bottom line is that people are willing to pay a premium to live in Horse Country, although they prefer not to keep horses, nor to subsidize those that do.

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