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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 12-THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Tuesday, October 2, 197 Horses abound in province Alberta has the highest horse population of any province in Canada and leads in registrations for many breeds, a provincial depart- ment of agriculture study shows. The Alberta Light Horse Study, commissioned by the department as a Priority Employment Program pro- ject, used letters, personal interviews, and question- naires to obtain information. Two thousand questionnaires were sent to personal contacts and names obtained from breed associations, horse show and rodeo lists and rac- ing lists. About one-third of the questionnaires were returned in time to be com- puter coded. The province's horse pop- ulation is an estimated down from 89.000 in 1972 and 88.800 in 1971, The department suggests that this figure could be increased by one-fifth, since the official figures include only horses on census farms. Riding stable horses, race horses, and horses on In- dian reserves are not necessarily included. A census farm is an agricultural holding of one acre or more which sold or more worth of agricultural products in the year preceding the census. The study shows stable operators and pleasure horse owners concerned about lack of trails and riding facilities near urban centres. Except for private property, there is no place to ride except roads. There is also a great demand for public arenas at a reasonable cost. Riders are also concerned about the cost of boarding stables, which are "out of reach of the average and the lack of the year-round training facilities, according to the report. Racing personnel, both thoroughbred and stan- dardbred, are also concerned about lack of training and stabling facilities, and a shor- tage of race tracks, the report states. Tracks are also too short in Alberta, and many need base and drainage im- provements. Respondents to question- naires said that the govern- ment should recognize the light-horse industry as an agricultural industry, and that horse education should be up- graded. The department or the colleges and universities could Offer courses in horse genetics. breeding, management, and nutrition. Horse owners would like to see instructors and farriers licensed, and more insurance available. Super Special! WESTBEND25CUP AUTOMATIC COFFEE PERK two-way facet and graduation marks from 12 to cups lime-temp, control keeps delicious coffee serv- ing hot cup after cup. Rtgulir 17.95 Special Only ..........13" Call Housawins. 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Race-horse owners replied that they felt more money should be offered in purses to offset rising training costs, and that Canadian horses should be upgraded. Low- government loans should be available, they said, and un- registered stallions should be gelded. Slaughter of horses for meat is rising, says the study, and Alberta is now one of the chief exporting provinces. Higher meat prices have increased the number of horses slaughtered in Canada for human consumption and the number shipped to Europe for slaughter. Veterinarians should be pre- sent at all horse sales, suggested auctioneers and horse dealers. The department also reports some concern over "the number of syringes found in waste receptacles at horse shows." Temporary pound sites considered Two locations are being looked at as a temporary home for the city's animal shelter but a decision has not yet been made as to which will be used. The city is finding it ex- tremely difficult in a tem- porary location to meet the standards of the existing pound even though it's not considered ideal, says parks superintendent Bill Brown. "We may have to settle for a little less than ideal con- ditions until we get a new per- manent he said. Mr. Brown said he could not name the two locations being considered for the temporary shelter because negotiations are still under way. He said design criteria for a new dog pound would include individual kennels, concrete floors, heating, water and sewer and a good working area for the pound keeper. Plans for the new pound are to go to city council's next meeting Oct. 9. The river valley animal shelter, which must be vacated within the next week or so to make way for the earth movers as work starts on the 6th Avenue S. bridge, is normally home to an average of 20 dogs and a handful of cats a day. But to make the move easier, the dog catcher will likely go easy on local pooches for a few days so there won't be as many to transport. Tour A whirlwind tour of Alber- ta's agricultural community for provincial farm writers Thursday will kick off Alberta Agriculture Week 1973, scheduled Oct. 7 to 13. AIR VAC 18112nd Ave. S. PHONE 328-0286 Power Furnace Cleaning E. S. P. 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