Keeping livestock regulations: update 13 August 2014

I had a meeting on July 31, 2014, with a group of West Bench horse owners and Chris Garrish, the RDOS planner working on the livestock bylaw.

Three major issues were addressed during the meeting. I have outlined the issues below and noted my recommendation to Chris.  Of course, these are just my recommendations.  Staff will come up with another revision of the draft bylaw based on this meeting and other interactions with the public.


[Kamloops] No rescuer for feral horses

The following article appear in the February 8, 2011, edition of the Kamloops Daily News (link to full article and comments).It provides some good background information on the sale of feral horses.

Daily News Staff Reporter

For buyer Kevin Spears, the bidding Tuesday for one of more than 20 feral horses rounded up and put to auction by the province went a little too high.

Horse update: January 2011

I received the following update from RDOS staff on January 5th regarding the horse feeding stations.

To date [the hay provider] has delivered 4 bales.  He noted approximately 25 horses on site after the first visit.  His counts indicate approximately 40 horses in the area.  His last delivery was two bales.  One was eaten down in a couple of days, the other is about half consumed. The exposed grass in the area will slow feeding on the hay.  Once we have more snow cover, the hay will go more quickly.

My unscientific conclusion based on my own observation at this point is that the feeding stations are working but not as well as in 2009-10.  I see more horses roaming on the West Bench and there is certainly evidence of their presence along West Bench roads.  Perhaps there are more horses this winter.

I am interested in hearing whether you think the feeding stations are working.


Horse update: December 2010

The horse feeding stations above the Westhills Aggregates pits are up and running as of mid-December.  I see horses around my neighborhood so we are still waiting for the horses to find the hay.  Hopefully they will and we will see less of them.

Recall from the fall 2010 Area 'F' newsletter that our current plan with the horses is to develop some alternatives for residents during 2011 and add a specific proposal to the ballot during the 2011 local government elections (a cheap way to have a referendum on a taxation issue).  As preparation, I asked residents for their opinions regarding possible RDOS-initiated horse control actions in the Fall 2010 Residents' Survey.  As you can see below, none of the alternatives considered received support from a majority of residents.  Interestingly, the fence, which was the clear winner in our more detailed Delphi analysis of the problem received the least support.


April 2010 Rural Penticton Newsletter


A newsletter regarding the KVR trail (plus a horse and Mariposa Park update) has been mailed to residents in the "rural Penticton" part of Area F (West Bench, Sage Mesa, Red Wing, Westwood Properties, and Husula Highlands).  You can view an electronic copy by clicking on the picture on the left.

Please note that there will be a town hall meeting regarding the KVR trail:
Tuesday April 13, 2010
7:00 pm
West Bench Elementary School Gymnasium

For more information on the KVR issue, please see the KVR page on this site.

What would a horse fence cost?

As noted in a previous posting, we are having a light year for horses on the West Bench.  Some residents have therefore posed a reasonable question: Why would we build an expensive fence if the horse problem is solved?

Ultimately this will go to some kind of voter assent process (likely a referendum) so you will be asked to decide this question for yourself.  But a couple of things to consider:


Horse update: February 2010

This seems to be shaping up to be a light year for horses on the West Bench.  Unfortunately, a herd is now vandalizing Red Wing (thanks to Don Kelly for the photo below).  This is a problem because the horses are using Highway 97 to get there (witness the droppings along the highway). The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (contact info) has been notified about this serious highway hazard.  I am not sure what they will do about it.




Survey reins in opinions on area’s feral horses problem

By Kristi Patton - Penticton Western News April 28, 2009 (link to story)

A long-term sustainable solution is what residents in West Bench want in solving the roaming horse issues.

“This is a complex problem and we want residents to know that we are making progress,” said Michael Brydon, director of RDOS electoral area F. “We want a long-term, sustainable solution and now we know from our survey that our citizens value that as their highest priority.”