‘Too many little rules’Smith erected a sign in the front yard to express his disenchantment: "The Coweta City Council broke a 6-year-old’s heart and made her pet pony move.” The sign eventually had to go, too, though. Officials said it violated the city’s sign ordinance. "There are just too many little rules,” Smith said. "This is supposed to be the United States.”
The Coweta ordinance, however, specifically forbids the keeping of horses within the city limits except on properties zoned for agricultural use. Smith, who plans to appeal to the city’s board of adjustment, said Annie should not be considered a full-size horse. If the city wants to forbid miniature horses, the ordinance should state so clearly, he said. Smith says agricultural zoning would be more appropriate for the neighborhood, since it is in a rural area just inside the city limits, across the street from county pastureland where cattle graze. The subdivision doesn’t meet the agricultural category’s minimum 2-acre lot size, officials said.