I've invented a new word. Horse desert. During my first month or so, on permies in 2011, I suggested that we need to get rid of farm status for horses unless they are draft animals used in the production of food. I was almost tared and feathered by our own members.
I still contend that they are recreational devices. When they are driven around in air-conditioned trailers by huge behemoths, and their feed is imported from Alberta, these animals used much more fuel than would be used by a four-wheeler quad, which I believe is a recreational device.
I like horses. I don't understand why one person needs to have eight of them, if they aren't running a Riding Academy or other such business. I don't like what they do to farmland or runoff water when stocked at alarming rates.
But the main thing I don't like is that it's completely ruins the economics for buying land near many cities, because the amount people are willing to pay for horse land, is not reflected in how much money a person could make off that land growing anything useful. It's a huge driver of inflation. One time, me and my dad did a calculation concerning the value of some land where horses were very prevalent, and how much money could be earned running cattle on that land. We figured that you could pay for the land in somewhere between 800 and 1000 years, running cattle. I don't know if we figured in taxes. This was dry scrubland not suitable to any crop that I know of, but close enough to Vancouver, for prices to be horse driven.
If I had unlimited wealth, and a tendency towards masochism, I would find a girlfriend who wants to have lots and lots of horses, but who has no money of her own. I know one fellow who has done this.😨
Why do you have that bucket of tar on the fire?