Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Canberra, Australia
These fires have been horrific, and while the media does cover the human lives lost, rarely to they talk about the animals, both domestic and wild.
A few years ago in Canberra, where I live, we had pretty bad fires, we only lost four people but it was still pretty horrific. I had a horse at the time and we had locked about 20 horses in this wooden yard about the size of an average round yard that had pretty clear ground surrounding it. The thing is that there weren't really any safe places to take the horses because the whole of Canberra was insane that day. They ended up dumping a helicopter load of water on top of our horses and the surrounding area - we lost none.
At another agistment place, I won't mention its name, they lost I think it was between 60 - 100 horses. That's not the worst of it. The owner had a very large and nice arena and she put her horses in and some others, but when more of her agisters came to put their horses in she said no, because it would ruin her arena flooring. Apparently people were riding away bareback escaping the fires, and so many horses died in the fire storm, or were too badly burnt to be saved. The arena is still there.
I remember other bad stories about horses that died - I won't mention them, but whenever I think about the fires in Victoria I think about the human lives lost and all the poor horses.