horses

Cattle guard is gone

  • Posted on: 22 November 2016
  • By: Michael Brydon

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure removed the Bartlett cattle guard today.  We asked on behalf of some residents but it was MoTI's decision.

The cattle guard was completely unnecessary due to the PIB's new fence configuration and cattle guard adjacent to the Westhills Aggregates entrance (see previous posting).  Ours was a cattle guard with no fence attached to it. It did absolutely zero to stop the horses.  Instead it was just a nuisance for motorists, cyclists, and nearby residents alike.

On the positive side, it served as a pretty effective speed bump and waker-upper (especially on frosty mornings if you hit it while still cornering).  Hopefully folks will continue to moderate their speed as they approach the intersection with Lambert.

Great sorrow for the horses

  • Posted on: 6 November 2015
  • By: Michael Brydon

Dear Editor:

It is with a heavy heart that I write this.

A few weeks ago approximately 45 of the West Bench horses were rounded up. Thankfully some of the horses and foals were sold to caring homes, but many were sold as bucking stock and the

remaining unsold horses were shipped to slaughter.

For reasons I will never understand, this sale was not advertised or announced in any way. It seems that the whole event was mostly a secret with only a few people told. 

September 2015 update on the horse problem

  • Posted on: 30 September 2015
  • By: Michael Brydon

I have received many complaints in the last few weeks about the very large herd wandering the West Bench recently.  And, when looking at this site, I see that my last update on the horse problem was a year ago.  So what has happened in the past year?

On the surface not much.  But under the surface there has been some significant progress within the PIB to address this issue.

First some background: When talking to people (often upset people) about the horse issue, they inevitably point out that the RDOS or the PIB should "do something."   Fair enough.  But the problem, as I have pointed out in the past, is that it is not obvious to me what this "something" should be.  At bottom, the situation boils down to this:

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