Home on the Range, yes…
Wouldn’t it be fun to see the city council do something imaginatively great these days?
Here’s a start. They can think about banning the keeping of horses in their hallowed “Rancho” neighborhood unless these same homeowners and horse fans can provide a substantial amount of corral and exercise space for their animals.
No? LA County has such rules. We knew people in Malibu Canyon who were more than happy to oblige by them with their old Chuck Connors-inspired lifestyles. They knew how to do it right. But Burbank allows this barbarism towards animals to continue.
Isn’t it funny too how the local Pet Parents never have anything to say about their horse neighbors in kind? Some of them are even one and the same. You’d think they’d be concerned about such things as general animal protectorate-ism. But apparently not.
These are the only rules that Burbank has btw about non-commercial horsekeeping. All they require is a stable. No corrals or exercise enclosures:
E. RESTRICTIONS ON KEEPING HORSES.
1. It is unlawful to keep a horse in an R-1-H Zone without a permit issued by the Animal Shelter Superintendent. A permit may not be issued unless first approved by the Community Development Director upon a finding that the property is in conformance with the requirements of this Section. The Director must notify the Animal Shelter Superintendent in writing of the decision to approve or deny a permit application.
2. Each lot on which one (1) or more horses is kept must have a stable to shelter the horse(s).
3. The number of horses kept in an R-1-H Zone in a non-commercial stable may not exceed one (1) for each 3,000 square feet of lot area.
4. The number of horses kept in an R-1-H Zone in a commercial stable may not exceed one (1) horse for each 500 square feet of lot area.
What year is this? They really shouldn’t be allowing horsekeeping at all.