Rubbish bins at the Ocean View Recreation Reserve may be joined by a bin for depositing horse manure. Photo by Shawn McAvinue.
Horse manure on Ocean View Recreation Reserve was a hot topic
at last week's Saddle Hill Community Board meeting.
An Ocean View dog walker, who did not wish to be named, spoke
to Taieri Times last week about his concerns that
horse owners were failing to clean up the manure deposited on
the reserve and beach because there were no consequences for
not doing so.
Dog owners could be fined if they failed to collect their
dog's droppings, but a horse owners could not.
Firmer rules were needed for horse owners to ensure the
unsightly soiling was stopped, he said.
Earlier, at the board meeting, Keith McFadyen had also raised
the issue, saying a horse deposit was potentially as big a
problem as dog droppings because a horse ''poo'' was the
equivalent of about 35 dog ''poos''.
Board chairman Scott Weatherall said installing a big bin at
the reserve to dump the horse manure was a possibility and
the logistics would be discussed with the local pony club.