Horse complaints not pooh-poohed

CHARLOTTE SQUIRE
Last updated 09:08 05/12/2013
Jenna Papadopoulos
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TAKING RESPONSIBILITY: Golden Bay horse owner Jenna Papadopoulos picks up her horse poo and either takes it home to compost or gives it to the nearest garden.

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MANAGE MANURE: Golden Bay Community Board chairwoman Carolyn McLellan urges horse owners to take responsibility for their horse manure to keep the peace in the community.

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Horse poo is becoming an issue in Golden Bay with people complaining about too much of it being left on beaches and trekked into Takaka township.

Golden Bay farrier and horse riding instructor Kris Russel said she can appreciate that horse poo is a nuisance and says people are more sensitive to it these days.

She says she thinks horse riders could avoid the main street.

"Really we should voluntarily go down Motupipi St instead," she said.

She says it's not easy to stop and pick up manure when you're driving a horse and cart.

"If you're in a horse and cart you cannot stop in the middle of the road and pick up horse poo, unless there's someone else to help.

"It's a safety thing," she said.

She said horse poo was not as offensive as dog poo but the bigger the horse the bigger the poo.

She said horses were becoming more visible in Golden Bay as more people chose to ride through Commercial St and more people were transporting their horses in floats.

Golden Bay Community Board chairwoman Carolyn McLellan said she thought horse owners should do all they could to keep the peace by being responsible with their horse manure.

She said many people spent time on the beach and horse owners couldn't always rely on the tide to wash horse manure away.

Carolyn said she'd done some research online and had discovered a horse poo bag that horses could wear while in motion.

"You can buy these catch-it bags; this is the way to go," she said.

Tasman District Council spokesman Chris Choat said there was no specific bylaw to control horse waste.

He said it was more around common obligation.

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