Enderby’s Equine Rangers have bolted.
The organization, which encourages horseback riding as a tourism draw, walked out of city council during a presentation Monday.
“There is a lack of commitment from the city,” said Dean McGeachy, with the society.
“We’ve been approached by other communities that like the concept. We’re talking to provincial agencies that like going green with horses.”
Enderby voted in April to allow the Equine Rangers Society to construct a corral and hitching posts on city land subject to a licence of occupation and periodic inspections.
However, McGeachy says his group is abandoning the license of occupation because the city stated there were concerns about horse manure being left in the street.
“It was a very small amount of people who ever had complaints and there were never any in writing,” he said.
However, Enderby officials defend their actions.
“We didn’t say they couldn’t ride horses around town but we wanted them to be responsible (with manure cleanup),” said Mayor Howie Cyr.
Cyr added that city staff spent considerable time trying to establish a process for corrals but challenges arose.
“I’m very confident with the efforts the city made. If they feel that way (leaving), I wish them well.”