by Chris Daponte
The owner of a herd of horses here says there is nothing wrong with his Tennessee Walkers, despite recent visits from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and concerns expressed by many local horse enthusiasts.
“They’re fine,” owner Ian Luckett said of the 23 horses kept on rented land on the 8th Line, southwest of Erin village. “They’re healthy. They’re in a herd environment.”
For months, and particularly over the last three weeks, neighbours and other horse enthusiasts in the municipality have expressed grave concern with the appearance of the horses, which they say are emaciated due to lack of food.
“This whole area is up in arms,” said Lynne Hindmarsh, who owns her own equine facility a few minutes away. “[The horses] got down to eating milkweeds, which are toxic. It was so sad.”
Shelley Chadwick, who works on Hindmarsh’s farm, said some of the horses even resorted to eating their own feces.
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