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Quirky - Horse Sense

Submitted by Laura Swain

Even if you have never ridden a horse in your life, if you live in Keystone you need to have a bit of “Horse Sense.”

Horses in pastures and riders on horses are part of the daily scene that contributes so much to the rural lifestyle we all enjoy so much. But for the horse owners, uninformed neighbors can be truly dangerous.

So here are a few tips for the non-horsey set and some reminders for the rest. If you see: Riders on the shoulder of the road: Please slow down and swing wide around them. Horses can be unpredictable and although no one ever plans on their horses jumping out in front of a moving vehicle, it has been known to happen. Don’t Honk Your Horn Loose horses on a road or on the side of a road: Please stop your vehicle if possible and get others to stop as well. Hopefully a frantic owner will be close by trying to catch the beasties, and if so, do what they ask in order to help. If no one is about, then call the Sheriff. This is a VERY dangerous situation, both for vehicles and animals. The horses are probably somewhat frightened to find themselves out of their familiar place, and apt to be VERY reactive, so stay calm, go slow, don’t honk your horn. Horse trailer pulling out of a side road: Please slow down to let them out. We don’t have lots of traffic signals in Keystone, so please be neighborly. Remember that when horses are being pulled in a trailer, slamming on brakes or swerving off the road to avoid hitting someone is likely to cause injury to the horses. Our horse community in Keystone will be so much safer and happier if we all take a bit more care and slow down around our 4-legged friends.

Keystone Organizations

Keystone is home to many social, fraternal, religious, and neighborhood organizations. Some are listed below with their contact information & links.  The list is periodically updated so send any changes to our web master..

Keystone Quilters

Fern Garden Club

Keystone Motor Club

American Legion

Home Makers

Meals on Wheels

American Sewing Guild

Friends of the Library

Animal Rescue

Boy & Girl Scouts


Keystone has many forms of recreation - so get out - explore, breath the fresh air, get fit, or just mingle with your neighbors while taking in the sights.

Here are some helpful commentaries.

Fishing  (15)

Horse trails & elsewhere  (16)

Boating safety  (17)

Youth sports  (18)


There are lots of people, places, and things that can suit many interests, be helpful and make our lives more enjoyable.  Some that come to mind are listed here - please send our web master others that resonate with you.

Parks  (19)

Library   (20)

Wildlife Haven Rehab  (21)

Your Keystone Lifestyle

Your lifestyle in Keystone is shaped by its history, physicality, diverse social fabric and self-determination.  Keystone is a blend of citrus groves, ranches, farms, estates, neighborhoods, social, civic, service clubs and churches.  Be you a business leader, horseman, farmer, horticulturist, health care practitioner, professional athlete, shop owner, or retiree Keystone is your home.

This Lifestyles section is a collection of factoids and snippets that expresses Keystone uniqueness, so enjoy and please feel free to add to this collection.  Just send your pearl to the KCA webmaster.


Quirky - What is an Outside Dog?

From the Humane Society Newsletter "Making Tracks" by Carie Peterson

I hear people asking the question "Is this an outside dog?" as if this is a special breed. When I hear this statement, I used to feel sad, but now I look at what a great opportunity I have to educate the adopters as to why dogs are not meant to live outside.

Forcing a dog to live outside is one of the most psychological damaging things a pet owner can do to a a dog. The truth is that dogs are pack animals and we are their "pack". We are their family and our house is their den.

Claiming that a dog in the backyard is good for protection is incorrect. The burglar is not trying to steal your yard and the sound of barking dogs are as common as car alarms going off. How much better would it be if your protection was actually inside protecting your home and family?

The more the dog is outdoors, the less control of behavior you have and aggression is now going to become a problem. Take a look at all the media stories when a dog bites. The pictures show the dog out in the back, usually tied up. These dogs' lives are filled with boredom, frustration and loneliness. Such a live goes against a dog's basic instinct of being left out of his pack leading to stress and anxiousness.

 Dogs trying to desperately get their humans attention will whine, bark, claw at the door and dig under the fence. When their human does come out to interact wit them, they are so starved from attention, they exhibit negative behaviors, such as jumping up, whining, barking and all forms of hyperactivity.

 Dogs outside become more easily infested with parasites, both internal and external and are more subject to disease. Florida weather is full of hot humid days and terrifying lightning storms that your dog has to endure all alone.

Dogs give us such devotion and joy and deserve to be treated like part of the family. They love their family unconditionally and bring so much happiness into our lives. Humans domesticated dogs, therefore it is up to us to look after them. The reward you receive in return for having a dog in your family is priceless. 

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