Two equine-related stories out west caught our attention this week. For starters, there was the case of the flying manure. According to local news outlet KelownaNow.com, things got messy when a police officer responded to a call in a rural area.
Apparently, the person who called in the complaint said their neighbour intentionally flung horse manure against their outbuilding. But the officer, no doubt smelling something rotten and seeking to end such a smear campaign against a potentially innocent neighbour, got to the bottom of the matter.
The horse owner explained to the officer that her neighbor was making a stink about nothing, that instead, “Her horse had an explosive bowel movement when running which had caused the manure projectile to fly through the air and land onto the side of her neighbour’s barn.”
The matter was resolved without further incident and no charges were laid against the horse owner (or the horse with the errant diarrhea).
Meanwhile, over in Osoyoos, a herd of horses belonging to Indian Grove Riding Stable escaped their corral and wreaked havoc on the local roadways. Aaron Stelkia, the horse’s owner, told Global News that the herd of nearly two dozen animals managed to travel about three kilometers before he rounded them up again. It took about 30 minutes with help from a fellow rancher to capture all the horses and bring them home.
Interesting to note that Stelkia rounds up wild Okanogan horses on land belonging to the First Nations reserve, when asked to do so, and he rehomes them. He also runs a trail riding business.
This past summer, touched by news reports of the children whose remains were found buried at a residential school in Kamloops, Stelkia took 30 of his horses there and loaned them to local First Nations and other supporters for a ride to honour the children. The ride called, We Ride for the Children, is also a documentary short you can watch here: