Commentary: not what I expected in Old Town Scottsdale

So surprised to hear the gush of urine splashing on the street in front of many tourists in Old Town. Apparently, the horse, a pretty breed called Paint pulling a white carriage, stopped for its morning release.

Jo Baker

Jo Baker

The smell … don’t think I’ll go there! Anyway, after a small audience gathered a few minutes transpired, and the driver of the horse and carriage took off while I waited and waited for someone to clean up the odor. However, after speaking to a musician on the corner for about a half hour, no one showed up. The urine was left to swelter in the sun.

After this incident I spoke to my friend who has a horse and carriage business on Amelia Island. She has several Belgians who are tied to the same tree at the end of each day and urinate into a bucket. She claims it is “easy to train a horse to do this and found that the Belgians are more willing to please and smarter than the smaller breeds like the Paint.”

Her town “requires the company that is responsible for the horse to clean it up.” She said that “urine is disgusting and smelly and most drivers in other towns go back and dilute the urine on the street with a disinfectant, finding that PineSol works well.”

Perhaps we can implement this practice in Old Town Scottsdale?

Editor’s note: Ms. Baker is an Arizona- based freelance travel writer interested in the marriage between art and place and wherever her curiosity leads her.

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