The government is trying to buy up all the land around there because it is in a swamp. I wouldn't be surprised if eventually they started to just seize all properties that the owners weren't willing to sell.
Apparently they don't want the property the horses are on, though, because some substance was buried there a long time ago before the current owner bought it. When the EPA found out, they fined the current owner $10,000 (even though he hadn't buried the stuff, and the people who did had town, county, and state permits) and wouldn't buy it when he tried to sell it later.
This is bad news for me though - there is a creek on the edge of our yard.
“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien
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