Kind of forgot to respond to this right at first, but, as others have said, THANKS!!!
It's so nice to be able to talk to fellow horse-folk about our other pets (I have a dog, cats, and rats in addition to horses). The vast majority of the posters on here are pretty educated about their animals and quite responsible, so it keeps out some of the "riffraff" you get on other sites, which can be tiresome when looking for sound advice or interesting discussions.
Also, LOVE the name! I always joke with my friends about my personal "menagerie" and how I hope it grows over the years = )
As to a full-time off topic forum, I think it's just SO hard to moderate. People are always going to be bringing up polarizing issues like politics, abortion, etc. Those threads nearly always devolve into nasty name calling (which we already have enough of in the slaughter and rollkur threads), and I have to imagine they are obnoxious to moderate... I'm happy with a pet forum, because that's usually what I want to talk about on off-topic days anyway, haha.