2013-07-25 / Letters to the Editor

Horse manure should be picked up at beach

I was at Head’s Beach on July 17 at about 5 p.m. taking our old lab for a walk. When I got out of the car, there were two women riding horses down on the main part of the beach, just as you walk through the gate. One of them seemed to be trying to get her horse to enter the water. The beach wasn’t crowded but there were some people in the water and others arriving.

While the women were there, one horse defecated in shallow water near the sand and the other right on the beach above the hightide line. There was no attempt to clean up. While a little difficult, this would have been entirely possible if they were at all prepared. The area reeked of horse manure as I walked back to the car. This was commented on by other people who were now looking for a clean place to go for a swim. It doesn’t take a lot of common sense to figure out that horses and people are not compatible in a small public swimming area.

Maybe if I see them there again, I’ll offer a couple of the plastic bags that I use to pick up after our dog. He is a big guy, so two bags might be suitable for a horse.

Bill Sokolowski

Steamboat Street

Jamestown

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