Dean McGeachy

Dean McGeachy

Enderby group urges responsible horse use

Equine Rangers says it has collection points for manure at the D&E Drive-In and the River Rock Bistro

An Enderby organization is taking the issue of horse droppings seriously.

The City of Enderby has expressed concerns about horseback riders not cleaning up after their animals, but Equine Rangers says it has collection points for manure at the D&E Drive-In and the River Rock Bistro.

“There are people picking up the manure for their gardens,” said Dean McGeachy, with Equine Rangers, which encourages people to ride horses.

“We have asked the city if we can put out barrels or buckets.”

McGeachy isn’t sure who has been generating the concerns about manure on public roads.

“The Equine Rangers have not been in Enderby for six weeks,” he said, adding that he would like to know who is responsible.

“It’s about education and etiquitte.”

However, while McGeachy says manure must be cleaned up, he believes the city may be overreacting when it threatens to possibly ban horses from the community.

“Horses have been in Enderby since 1893. They have always been here,” he said.

The Equine Rangers received approval from the city in April to install corrals and hitching posts to promote horseback riding.

However, McGeachy says his group has not received an official license of occupation yet.

“We are trying to make a difference in Enderby. People (tourists) stop when they see the horses,” he said.

McGeachy also insists that horseback riding is an alternative to vehicles for getting around.

“You can’t get any greener than this,” he said.