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Horses are deer proof vehicles

The deer are beginning to enjoy the first flushes of green out on the Palmer Divide.  Even in Elizabeth.  It is now against the law to feed the deer in Elizabeth, but luckily there’s plenty for them to eat anyway.  It’s also against the law to have a horse on less than 2 acres in this “horse friendly” community without special permission from the government. 

It used to be that horses were essential forms of transportation, and with gas prices climbing, who knows?  Maybe they will be again.  In any case, it is hard to understand why a horse couldn’t be kept on much less than 2 acres, as they have in the past through good stabling methods.  Not every car is kept in a garage equipped with a mechanic’s shop, nor is every dog allowed miles of range because its natural range would extend miles (I know of dogs that are kept inside all day every day, in fact). 

The deer and the horses in Elizabeth are different: the horses require people to feed them (even on 2 acres), and the deer don’t.  Elizabeth says that deer are traffic hazards and that feeding and watering them is a danger to the public.  But they are not so quick to explain the mysterious limitation on livestock.

In days when even the City of Denver is allowing chickens, goats and other critters, why would Elizabeth restrict these necessary animals?

I could imagine the solution to the traffic hazards of the deer might be encouraging horses as a form of transportation again.  Why not make some streets non-automobile?  Horses have a built-in speed limit.  And they have a knack for not running into deer.  Even if you’re riding while drunk.

But planners are too busy making automobiles necessary to consider practical solutions like mine.  They first make all activities fall into particular zones, then separate residential zones from commercial and industrial zones so people can’t live and work in the same place and need a car to get from home to work and back again.  Sometimes they offer a bus, but not all the time.  Planners are paid enough to not need to ride the bus.  Thank goodness.

 
 
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