Letters to the Editor

Courtesy, common sense can remedy manure frustration

Re: Horse ‘land mines’ equally irritating for park users (Letters, Feb. 15)

The logistics of cleaning up after a horse are simplified if each horse owner returns to the park once a week on foot. They can kick into the bushes any, not just their own, horse manure.

Dismount and clean up after a horse? Riderless horses tempt aggression by unleashed dogs in the park. No one wants a frightened, riderless horse pursued by dogs loose in the park.

Collectively, if once a week individuals could kick aside horse manure, we’d have manure free trails.

A neighbourhood group of hikers and riders, TRACS, built many and maintained all the trails in this park prior to Central Saanich assuming the responsiblity.

My preschoolers had their first taste of community involvement and responsibility raking gravel to salvage trails in the park in 1979. For three decades our family, people, horses and dogs, hiked and trained on these trails and I maintain the habit of a weekly walk to kick manure into the undergrowth. It is easy.

Centennial Park is a shared use park. New equestrian users of this park continue to uphold the high standard of equestrian community consideration I have observed over 33 years. But, riders should take responsibility for their trail of manure rather than waiting for nature to take its course, safely, not immediately.

Droppings, horse or dog, are a natural byproduct of park use that simply requires courtesy and common sense to solve.

Karen Harris


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