Making Friends with With Horseless Neighbors

A friend recently asked for advice on how to make a good impression on non-horsey neighbors since she was getting two new sets of neighbors in one month–each living on 2.25-acre lots in their close community.

In answer to her question I consulted with another friend, Alan Shank, a horse owner and former conservation district farm planner. Alan and his wife, Mary, had horses for many years on very small acreage in the midst of a bustling Puget Sound community, surrounded by high-price homes–as well as ferries, trains, highways and crowds.

“When I was surrounded by nine close neighbors (our barn was 35 feet from on

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