The city has decided to build a public equestrian center because residential development is pushing private stables out of town.
During the past two years, homes have replaced more than 100 horse stalls at private stables, said Marci Mascorro, a member of the Fullerton Recreational Riders. Many horse owners now must board their horses outside the city, she said.
Increasingly, the only residents who can keep a horse in the city are those with large, expensive lots in areas zoned for horses, Mascorro said.
This week, the Fullerton City Council voted in favor of building a public equestrian center, which would add about 150 boarding stalls to the 76 now available in the city.