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What Became of My Old Horse Pasture!! I am in shock!

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  • What Became of My Old Horse Pasture!! I am in shock!


    I found an ad today of some new apartments and it turns out they are the ones that where built on my old horse pasture we have owned since the 60's when there was only a one way dirt road, and where we raised quail, built forts, road horses, caught snakes, wild hogs roamed, foxes raised their families and much more. It just shocks me to see this picture.

  • #2
    Wow. . .no offense intended toward the developers but. . .wow. . .what an ugly assortment of buildings.
    Please copy and paste this to your signature if you know someone, or have been affected by someone who needs a smack upside the head. Lets raise awareness.


    • #3
      That is so sad, No more fun in the out doors enjoying wild life.

      It is a shock.


      • #4
        Thats progress for you, turn your back and they stick up an ugly building. You have your memories though which are far more important!


        • #5
          If you're so offended, why did you sell the property to a developer?

          I agree, it's awful. But selling out to a developer is just one of many choices available to a landowner. You (or someone in your family), made this choice and the rest of the community must live with it whether they like it or not.
          Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
          Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
          -Rudyard Kipling


          • #6
            One of the gentlemen I used to board with is in his 80's now, and his family bred Saddlebreds when he was a kid. It's always fun to listen to him tell the stories about the first farm he lived on as a small child, which was right on the edge of what is now a big-10 college campus.

            Even if you're okay with the decision to sell, it can be quite a jolt to actually see the difference.
            "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
            -Edward Hoagland


            • #7
              40 years ago, "going to town" meant a 35 mi trip to the edge of the big town and going by two little towns.
              Today, it is 25 miles at most and those 10 miles are all streets and buildings, where there were fields.
              That little town near the big town is today a bedroom community to that big town and houses and streets have been built right up to it.

              That is called progress and urban growth.
              It still is a shock when we remember the great, productive fields that were spread in those 10+ miles that are today big city.


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                If you're so offended, why did you sell the property to a developer?

                I agree, it's awful. But selling out to a developer is just one of many choices available to a landowner. You (or someone in your family), made this choice and the rest of the community must live with it whether they like it or not.
                JSwan, we sold it to the people that purchased my two old houses for two bed and breakfast, when we could have sold it more to the developers, but we wanted to take less and and leave it as is. The lady that purchased the two houses connected on to this property also purchased the property at a much lower price so she could use it for weddings, etc.. she turned around and then sold it for more money then she paid us to the developers, she LIED!!! Now she screwed herself because no one wants to stay at the B&B or use it for weddings because of the noice and the sight of the awful apartments, now her places flood because of all the developement around her, so she is selling out. so she screwed us and now she screwed herself!


                • #9
                  It is tough to see farms go. When we moved to our area it was a little bedroom community in an agricultural county with nothing but a 2 lane road all the way into DC.

                  Now its a suburban slum, traffic is a nightmare, the schools have gone to he!!, crime is going up, and, thanks to the MD legislature, all of the beautiful TB and standardbred breeding farms are being sold to developers because they can't make any money racing in MD.
                  Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                  Witherun Farm


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Manes&Tails View Post
                    so she screwed us and now she screwed herself!
                    Well, you know the saying, Karma's a bitch.

                    Every trail, barn and farm I roamed around as a kid are gone. Every. Single. One. Now it's a sea of McMansions and strip malls. Plastic people living in plastic houses eating plastic food.

                    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                    -Rudyard Kipling


                    • #11
                      If you didn't want this to happen you should have sold it with covenants or tied it up in a conservation trust.
                      ... _. ._ .._. .._


                      • #12
                        That's the type of thing I was referring too. Deed restrictions or easements. For those who require income in retirement, a CRUT or other planned giving instrument that would protect the land, while still giving the donor the income needed in their declining years.

                        There's lots of ways to skin a cat.
                        Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                        Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                        -Rudyard Kipling


                        • #13
                          These days, there are more people and less horses. Why would you be in shock?
                          Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**


                          • #14
                            Count your blessings. The stable where I learned to ride is now a government housing project.
                            The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
                            Winston Churchill


                            • #15
                              I think blaming the former landowners for development is a bunch of BS.

                              I had friends in Colorado who owned 2 acres of land with a tiny barn, no grass, and two horses. What used to be a lonely drive in the dark home turned into stop and go traffic past stripmalls, restaurants, homes, and malls. They slowly lost their trail riding area, it was impossible to get a horse trailer out onto the busy road, and neighbors hated the horses.

                              They sold out to developers at the height of the market, made a fortune, moved further out, and now have 10 acres, a real barn, privacy, trails, grass in the pastures, and money left over.


                              • #16
                                I repeat: Thats progress! Nothing stays the same forever!


                                • #17
                                  I recently came across photos of the NoVA stable where i learned to ride (18ish years ago). What used to be a huge turnout field- and just beautiful with the wooden fencing, like an oasis of green calm amidst chaos- is now townhomes. Upon townhomes upon townhomes. I can't IMAGINE riding in a lesson and seeing strangers watching from their porch decks! (And probably swooning over how they get such a 'country feel' in the city... yes, you want country feel, how about that beautiful acreage sitting under your 3B/2.5B and Acura... ugh, sorry.)

                                  Family members have a gorgeous 80 acre farm with a questionable future. If it were in the South, I would be knocking down their door for the chance to move in, but in the DC area... sorry, don't know that I could live there again...


                                  • #18
                                    mucho uglo
                                    Boss Mare Eventing Blog


                                    • #19
                                      It's called population growth and there are still Americans who refuse to use birth control and refuse to promote -- globally and voluntary, through education -- the basic freedom to choose family size.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                                        Plastic people living in plastic houses eating plastic food.

                                        Oh my! I haven't heard that phrase since 1969. Thanks for the memories