Horse Getting A Lot Of "Nays"

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

A group of Central Kentucky neighbors is furious over their neighbors' horse.

The people who live in The Bluegrass Estates Subdivision in Danville says the horse belongs in a barnyard--not the suburbs. One resident is even going as far as to demand that city officials make their neighbors get rid of the animal.

But the miniature horse could be there to stay. The owners, Samuel and Crystal Elam, say they are well within city and state laws to have the horse. Code Enforcement and city officials agree. The only law on the books in Danville pertaining to horses, is an extremely outdated one. It says you can't hitch your horse to a telegraph pole.

City officials say they will consider updating the code pertaining to animals living in residential areas. But Commissioner Gail Louis says officials want to be careful in making the law, because many farmers raise animal within city limits. Commissioners do not want to inhibit anyone's livestock operation.


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  • by Sandra Location: Florida on Jan 22, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    As a horse owner i have 2 full size horses and i board them at a self care facility,as long as they are taking care of him and cleaning up after him whats the big deal?I have taken care of my horses for years and i know what's best for them,but you would not believe how i still get unsolicited advice telling how to take care of my horses i really have to bite my tongue sometimes and try be polite about it,the most recent eppisode involved another boarder who threatened to call the ASPCA on me because one of my horses was to old to be riden by a small child.I had consulted with my vetrinarian and had said horse looked at and vetrinarian so horse was able to be ridden by an adult or child yet she still thinks it is cruel and has said so.I told her to mind her own beeswax and that i and vetrinarian know what best for my horse and that she persisted i would call barn manager she kept on ,so we now have a new barn rule.YOU TEND TO YOU"RE OWN BUSINESS OR YOU WILL ASKED TO MOVE YOU"RE HORSE.
  • by Tony Location: Junction City on Oct 19, 2008 at 04:15 PM
    Wow! All of this belly-Aching or a minature pet horse.Ms.Burton you need to get a life or a hobby,or may I suggest mowing the neighbor yards to your standard,i'm sure they want mind.
  • by Fed Up in Blue Grass Location: Danville on Oct 18, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    Just what we need in our friendly neighborhood - NOT! For the record, read the dictionary: Livestock is the term used to refer to a domesticated animal intentionally reared in an agricultural setting to produce such as food or fiber, or for it's labor. Miniature horses were never bred as livestock, only as pets, however many breeds of dog are bred and registered as livestock but also kept as pets. If the question is whether or not the miniature horse is a household pet or livestock then the answer is simple; miniature horses are and always have been household pets, and furthermore they have far less place on a farm than a dog. A miniature horse is a pet, end of story. On the other hand, a grumpy, always complaining neighbor doesn't belong in a friendly neighborhood. End of story.
  • by A fed up neighbor Location: Danville-Blue Grass on Oct 18, 2008 at 05:26 AM
    People need to mind their own business and leave good folks alone. I live very close to this family and the only problem about this situation is a nosy and noisy neighbor a few streets away. Ms. Burton has quite a neighborhood reputation of complaining. Boewulf should stay and Ms. Burton should go!
  • by Friend and Neighbor Location: Danville-Blue Grass Estates on Oct 18, 2008 at 05:22 AM
    As a friend/neighbor, I feel that the facts need to be told. The Elams take very good care of their yard, house and animals. They do not pay a yard service or professional landscaper, but are hard working and spend hours working in their yard-ALL of them! That's right, their children share in the responsibility of caring for the property. We would all do well to follow their example. The children helped build the shelter and fence for Boewolf. Maybe it's not perfect, but it's adequate. It is an electric, movable fence, so that the yard does not become a muddy mess. They checked many times before accepting Boewolf, which by the way, was a gift from grandparents to the children. Ms. Burton lives about a half mile away! I live much closer and feel no threat to my property value, but I do enjoy the Elam children. The little boys are worried that they will lose their pet. I agree with the many good folks who have written: Ms. Burton needs to get a life!
  • by Farmer Location: Perry on Oct 17, 2008 at 04:54 PM
    I have 21 horses and I do not see any problem with this they do not bark,the neighbor's should be glad these people don't have 21 dogs.
  • by Blue Grass Neighbor Location: Danville on Oct 17, 2008 at 02:22 PM
    Anonymous is not telling the truth. The owners of this miniature horse have taken good care of their house and spend a lot of time working on their house inside and out. The house was not in good shape when they bought it (I know, it was shown to us by a realtor), and they have made many improvements. They do have a garden, as do others in the neighborhood and which is also within their rights. I was shocked that Ms. Burton took the approach that she did, and am even more shocked by the harrassment that is going on in the neighborhood since her complaint. Whatever happened to being neighborly and just talking to the neighbor to work things out. People never cease to amaze me. Come to think of it, that little horse makes a far better neighbor!!
  • by fnord Location: Lexington on Oct 17, 2008 at 02:19 PM
    If you don't like their lawn, perhaps you could ask them if you could mow it for them or something -- otherwise, it's not really any of your business.
  • by Betty Location: Danville Kentucky on Oct 17, 2008 at 11:44 AM
    Why doesn't people mind there own bussiness? Now the busybody is complaining about the neighbors house. Some people live and play in there houses and lawns, at this house I know for a fact, that they have 4 sweet boys which play in the yard and has friends to come and play in the yard with them, the grass is keep moded and cleaned like I said a yard is a play area for play and have fun. The owners of the house you are complaining about are the niceness and sweet people you will every want to meet, The are good with animals, children, and vistors,They always make you fell welcome, So mind your own bussiness, live your boring lives and leave good people along. People know who you are that complaining Doris Burton, get a live, and stop being nosey mind your own bussiness. and if you are going to write a comment use your own name Anomymous. (HUM)
  • by John Holmes on Oct 17, 2008 at 05:30 AM
    My neighbors used to complain about me too!

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