Plan to move Hants County’s wild horses a work in progress

Ashley Thompson
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A volunteer group plans to have a herd of wild horses that roam free in West Hants moved to a private property before the ground thaws. 

Jackie Morash, a local entrepreneur and horse lover, is taking the lead on the relocation effort that gained widespread media attention this winter.

Morash, a Chester Road resident, says an insurance policy must be secured before people go in on foot to guide the horses from the Fundy Gypsum property the herd occupies along Wentworth Road to a nearby pasture that is fenced in.

“This is an exceptionally unique event so the insurance for it is very hard to find,” said Morash.

The group initially thought it would be best to have experienced riders relocate the untamed herd of 14.

Morash says they are now thinking it will be easier to navigate the rough terrain on foot, while the ground is still frozen.

“That way when we do it the horses aren’t upset because they’re sinking in the mud,” she explained.

Updates about the move are posted on a Facebook page called “Save Nova Scotia’s Wild Horses.” The page, created Jan. 1, 2013 has gained nearly 1,800 members by Jan. 29.

A separate Facebook event —“Auction page for Save Nova Scotia's Wild Horses” — was created to raise money for the gelding of the horses, relocation efforts and fence repairs.

The fencing that once separated the horses from nearby residences is now failing, and some residents fear there is a risk the horses could directly or indirectly cause someone harm if left to roam free.

Morash says there is a dedicated group of experienced horse handlers committed to ensuring the horses are relocated in a humane manner.

“We want to make sure that this goes off without a hitch.”

The herd started with a few horses that 75-year-old Ralph Morash, no relation to Jackie Morash, took in some 40 years ago. The plan is to move the horses, many of which were bound for the slaughterhouse at one point in time, to a Wentworth Road property he owns.

A fixed date has yet to be set for the move.

 

Geographic location: Wentworth Road, Hants County, Chester Road Nova Scotia Windsor

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  • Clement
    March 24, 2014 - 21:48

    There seem to be 2 sides to this story, please read. https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-Marsmen-Independent-Reporter/1432233947019623

  • barrie macphee
    February 15, 2014 - 08:40

    just let me know when the move will be and I will help. I am very use to horses where as I was on farms all my life. plus I broke one horse that never even had a halter on him. in the end my daughter could ride him and men also. thanks