Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: ontario, canada
• Horses: 0
I ride across country in the winter because the crops are harvested and the farmers don't mind us cutting through their places.
There is a large cattle operation very close to my house. It has 5 massive arena's full of cattle and massive holding tanks for the sludge/ poop.
This is liquid manure and these tanks are so wide that I couldn't shoot a golf ball across them.
Anyway one is leaking badly leaving a river of liquid manure flowing across the field in the valley and ending in a swamp.
On the far side of this swamp a river starts out of nowhere and flows into a major river.
This slug is being absorbed into the ground at the edge of the swamp, the north side, but a few hundred yards away on the south side a new river of clean water is flowing?
I am concerned about what is happening to the liquid manure and it's effect on the clean water on the other side of the swamp??
My Dilemma is? Do I call the environment and get involved??
Or do I just ignore it, say it is not my problem??
If I get others involved the farmer might put 2 and 2 together and figure out this guy riding over my land is the one who brought this problem on me and I will be refused permission to continue to use his land.
I love riding around his barns in the summer, they present perfect training grounds and he is always friendly. I could loose that but my conscience is bothering me. I see something really wrong and I am doing nothing??
I love my riding, I love being friendly and able to use his land, his barns as a personal training grounds.
Do I screw that up or do the right thing???
Yesterday I was riding with my friend and she didn't think we could cross a river like that of liquid manure. About 200 feet across, 6 -10 inches deep and flowing?? While my horse certainly looked at it a gentle touch with the spurs and he walked out into it without a problem.