Rid­ers re­minded to pick up after horses

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

The Tu­tukaka horse rid­ing com­mu­nity might have to clean up its act after con­cerns were raised about horse drop­pings in a re­serve.

In a Face­book post, Whangārei Dis­trict Coun­cil Coastal Ward mem­ber Anna Mur­phy put on no­tice lo­cal horse rid­ers who ride in the Ngun­guru Re­serve from the li­brary through to Munro Place.

“I'm get­ting quite a few phone calls from peo­ple con­cerned about horse ma­nure on the walk­way and also dam­age to the grass,” she said. “Coun­cil staff have also ques­tioned me about whether we should stop horse rid­ers us­ing the re­serve.”

Mur­phy said she told the staff she didn't agree with that step but the com­mu­nity could spread the word in­stead.

“Can horse rid­ers please pick up their horse poo or scrape it un­der a de­serv­ing bush out of the way of walk­ers and mow­ers. Also, it does get pretty wet down the Munro end of the walk­way so if it's too muddy can horse rid­ers please wait un­til the path has dried out and use the beach in­stead.”

Tu­tukaka Coast recre­ational horse rider Kristy Hughes shared the post to lo­cal horse rid­ing pages.

She said the horse rid­ing com­mu­nity wanted to be re­spon­si­ble and would take the no­tice as a re­minder.

“Ev­ery­one will have seen the mes­sage and taken it on board.”

Hughes said where pos­si­ble the rid­ers try to keep off path­ways where peo­ple walk so if the horse defe­cates it's not a prob­lem.

“If we are on those path­ways, we tend to kick it un­der a bush or come back and re­move it.”

Oth­ers who re­sponded to the post sug­gested putting the ma­nure on gar­dens, with one per­son of­fer­ing to col­lect it.

A spokesper­son said the coun­cil had re­ceived some com­plaints about horses us­ing this area but none specif­i­cally re­lat­ing to drop­pings.

Un­der the coun­cil's An­i­mal Con­trol by­law peo­ple must pick up after their dog or face a $300 fine, but there are no rules re­quir­ing rid­ers to take away horses' drop­pings.

But the by­law in­cludes obli­ga­tions for an­i­mal own­ers in gen­eral, in­clud­ing en­sur­ing the an­i­mal does not cause a nui­sance to other peo­ple or a risk to pub­lic health and safety.

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