Hooted down once, another attempt at an ordinance on keeping horses was presented to the selectmen last week, and sent to a Sept. 27 public hearing. It\u2019s good they collaborated, but the proposal suggests the committee\u2019s horse owners outmaneuvered its horse neighbors. The ordinance affects only residential properties of 1.5 acres or less. Properties that have \u201csuccessfully maintained horses for five years\u201d would be exempt. A half-acre minimum area \u201cused solely for the keeping of horses\u201d is required, but there\u2019s no limit on how many horses may be kept there \u2014 odd, considering the rule was prompted by three horses being kept on a small lot. Requirements that manure be stored, collected and \u201cregularly removed\u201d to \u201cmaintain a sanitary condition and minimize odor\u201d aren\u2019t specific, and the setback from manure piles to property lines is just 15 feet. The rule calls for fencing, a shed to \u201caccommodate all horses,\u201d and violators face potential fines of $100 to $250 a day. While most horse owners are responsible, these are big beasts and the town should protect neighbors with reasonable controls.