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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Horsehockey! Horses (Briefly) Gambol Freely Along Reston Boulevard Once Again

Artist's rendition of what the scene of mayhem may have looked like.

When we fired up our 300-baud modem and clicked on Facebook dot com this morning, we were expecting to see the usual comments about the police helicopter and missing packages. Instead, we got quite a surprise:

Fortunately, it was a short-lived crisis, as the owner found the three horses before they got to Reston Town Center and were summarily booted (or hoofed):

Of course, the picture at the top of this "web log" post isn't a recreation at all. It hearkens back to a time early in Reston's history when along with golf courses (LOL) and ample green space (LOL), a full-sized stable was considered an amenity that would entice the horsey crowd to put down 10 percent on some fancypants split level in South Reston. Check out this lovely watercolor rendering!

The stable was actually built—right off Reston Parkway, in fact—and in use for some time, as the photo at the top of this post shows, but it fell into disrepair and was ultimately torn down. Sadly, the moonbase-like cluster that was to surround it was never completed, so today all we have are memories and a few fresh horseapples on Reston Parkway, the end.

1 comment:

  1. The story at the time was that the horse barn fell down. Wood treated with an electrolyte corroded the nails.


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