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  1. Neil Edmunds

    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    P6 at the Ganny was fairly busy Saturday morning. Ken Hynes was there with a couple of buddies. BJ was there with a friend. I was there with Bruno and we did the usual East forest run. We were finishing up our lunch break when BJ returned, done for the day. He had come across a dead horse on the trail and said it was over towards P2. We happened to come across it later on. Trail arrows had been put on the horse, although you would be hard pressed not to notice a horse laying there. It was well bloated, so it must have been there for several days.

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    That horse had an ID mark under its mane & was likely a standardbred. Kinda surprised me as I was scooting down the trail. For the first 1/2 second with the foilage and shadows, I thought- 'bear'(!!!), but then as I got closer I thought- 'strange, a horse laying on the trail, what the...... - where's the rider?, but no saddle and no messed up ground around the horse?' As I got up to it, a bunch of flies were buzzing around, so.... :-& :-& We reported it to Sandaraska & They in turn notified the forest center. I'm guessing the horse probably died on Thursday or Friday AM, as it didn't smell much yesterday and there weren't any bike tracks going around it.
    Probably got out from one of the local farms.

    Apparently today in the heat, the smell is quite bad in the area...... :-& :-&

    Glad I'm not the one that has to clean that up........
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    It was getting pretty ripe on Sunday afternoon. I stopped uphill of it when I saw it. When I went down in the gully , the stench was pretty bad. You could smell it from the fire roads. Later Sunday , Doug from Sandaraska was waiting for the police and he was going to take them out to it. Apparently horses were freaking out on the fire road close to it. Probably the smell.
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    I was going to add the GPS co-ordinates but follow your nose works too. I also left out the picture from the other end of the horse.
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    Using some of the 'logic' that I've witnessed from a certain group at the Dufferin Forest meetings, one might draw the conclusion that forests are really bad for horses, so they should be banned........ :wink:
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    Some of the folks who want to keep people out of the forest should actually spend time in a forest. They would be surprised by how quickly a trail will vanish if it's not used. There's one spot in the East forest I saw 8 years ago; I've never been able to find it again. I checked my water supply and I drank just over 5 litres on Saturday, that makes it a hot day by my standards. Sunday would have been worse, watch out for exploding horses. The marking on the mane was a crown symbol followed by "086L". Maybe there is a registry that will show where it came from.
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    And they bitch when we leave tear offs on the trail.LOL.
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    That's the end I came upon today. My rear tire was in the air I hit the front brake so hard... :shock:

    Thankfully the wind was blowing in the right direction. I didn't really smell anything...
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    dam it was that a missed option at mid summers ? compress the front then gas over it .. or just gas it and lift the front and giver? ...I'll never know
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    is the beast gone? :?
  11. Neil Edmunds

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    It was removed on the following Tuesday or Wednesday. I talked to the forest employee who came around P6 checking permits (this was a couple of weeks ago). He said it'a great mystery and no one knows who owned the horse. Doug from Sandaraska Park pulled it out using his loader. Apparently Agriculture Canada had to come and verify the situation before removal was allowed since they are the agency responsible for livestock (at least that's the gist of it from what I can remember). Maybe Kevin (chef) can find out more details the next time he's at the park.

    On another note, the seasonal sign at P6 was done wrong at the printers. It states the forest closes on December 15th. I had to ask because it looked like we had gained some extra riding time. One of the more memorable rides took place in December when it used be open until the 15th. It is supposed to read Dec. 1st and they will put a sticker on it to hide the 5.

    Everything stayed green this year. Photo taken a couple of weeks ago.

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    Last I heard, a number of equine people from the park were trying to find out who owned the horse. Doug from Sandaraska was going to bury it in the bush but the ganny wanted it removed, not buried. He dragged it out with a loader to the fire road, where a dead stock removal company took it away.
  13. Neil Edmunds

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    I talked to a couple of horse owners when I was riding last thursday (July 2/15). They said that the horse was most likely released in the forest so the owners would avoid disposal fees when it died. They also said it should have been possible to find the number in a standard-breed registry.