Cariboo Horses Find Temporary Home in Prince George
Prince George, B.C. – Humans aren’t the only ones escaping wildfires in the Cariboo – horses are seeking refuge too.
As of noon, on Tuesday, over 175 of them according to Curt Wallach, spokesperson with the Prince George Horse Society.
“They started coming on Saturday and are staying here at the Agriplex. We’ve also got room for them on the rodeo grounds.”
He says horses throughout the Cariboo have been centred at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds before making the trip up to Prince Georg e.
Wallach says the horses are doing well all things considered.
“They’re more resilient than people, they really are. You watch them come out of the trailers and you’d think there would be some stress but they’re okay.”
Cody Braaten owns 60 acres and a hobby farm in 150 Mile House and arrived Saturday night with four adults, three trucks and trailers, a car and eight horses.
“Our place got evacuated on Friday night and we went to the Stampede Grounds and spent the night there. It was pretty sleepless and they decided to move the evacuees up to Prince George Saturday morning.”
The last he heard (5 p.m. Monday night) his house was still standing, which helps matters.
“I think we’re in a little bit of shock but knowing it’s still standing and that there’s lots of resources down there available to fight the fires, it’s been helping.”
I have heard that unless your evacuated horse is at agriplex you are not entitled to any donated hay. Hay people donated for all evacuated horses. You have to go buy your own. If true seems unfair just because some people found land to put theirs on. Maybe 250 news could look into this.
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