There is going to be a meeting, Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at Baxter City Hall, Baxter, to discuss the request of Tamarack Creek Ranch to expand their facilities. Owners Arnold and Kathy Kinney are trying to realize a dream that they have. Their dream is to bring a horse facility to their ranch that would provide therapeutic horseback riding opportunities to physically, mentally and emotionally challenged or handicapped children and adults, an opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to ride a horse in a safe and controlled environment.
Therapeutic Horseback riding is a mental, physical, emotional and social therapy. Benefits include improved fine and gross motor coordination, increased balance and range of motion of limbs, enhanced self-image and increased auditory and visual perception. The horse as a therapist encourages the student to work longer and harder at therapy than in the clinical setting.
Anyone who owns a horse knows how beneficial the relationship can be, and the wonderful opportunities that can grow from such a relationship. The Kinneys, who have spent a great deal of time and effort to bring forth these opportunities, must now convince the city of Baxter, and a disgruntled neighbor, to allow them to proceed. This meeting is very important to their success.
Those who own horses, who have facilities of their own, who feel a wish to see this opportunity made available to those who would otherwise never have the grand experience of knowing horses could be helpful in supporting the Kinneys' dream, by coming to this meeting and showing their support. There will be some issues discussed that all horse owners could be facing in their own futures. The issue of how manure will be stored, frontage setbacks for fencing, noise level control, and whether or not 4-H, or special Olympic type of shows can be held to promote confidence, self-esteem, and rewards for hard work accomplished.
Please consider this an important night to rally and support a great idea, an important dream, and an opportunity to see the miracle of healing that happens when man and horse work together in harmony, for good of mankind.
This is in response to the controversy at my father's, Arnold Kinney's land and home in Baxter. This homestead has been in my family's name since 1881 and since that time the majority of the last 100 years. There have been horses kept and used on this land. They were used for personal use (as in family activities), also riding stables, breeding and boarding.
Now he would like to provide a place for handicapped children, 4H kids and others to come and enjoy this opportunity that I also enjoyed as a child.
The city of Baxter wants to condition the use so much that it won't allow this to happen. This is sad to do to someone who has put huge efforts into helping others with his knowledge, abilities and his land. Which leads me to this point, you cannot have kids out there practicing, riding and then tell them that they cannot compete with each other in a show, to prove their skills and talents to others. That is like telling the kids they can practice soccer and baseball at the Baxter Parks but no games are allowed. That makes no sense. To say you can't have a P.A. system during events makes no sense. What do we use our parks for? A phone bell outside is a convenience and a necessity when working with children outdoors. Parents may need to contact us immediately.
Horses are hauled in trailers, that's how they get to the stable, there is no difference in allowing trailers to be parked on the property than there is in having school buses parked at the school or motorhomes parked on someone's private property. I know there are a lot of others out there who share similar views to mine and I encourage them to show up to the Baxter City Hall meeting March 21.
I hope that you help change these conditions of use so that they are usable to the average land owner.
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