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July 8, 2013

Amish discuss road worries

MONTGOMERY — Members of Daviess County’s Amish community came to the Produce Auction barn Monday to discuss road conditions with the Daviess County Commissioners.

Namely, the rock on the road. Many of the men at the special meeting believe the rock on the road is causing horses to come up lame.

“It’s serious, those horses cannot roll on the rock,” Steven Stoll said.

Stoll, and many other Amish men like him, believe the size of the rock, known as No. 5, are too big for the horses to trot on. He said if a horse steps on the large rocks the right way, the horse will develop bruises and cause it to be lame.

Veterinarian Matt Lyons agreed with Stoll, saying he has seen an increased in lamed horses due to bruising on the sole of the hoof, where it is the softest.

“It’s really heartbreaking to tell a family who has a great driving horse not to use it anymore,” Lyons said.

And for the Amish, a lame horse means a lot.

“For an Amish family, a good horse is something important,” Stoll said.

The Amish men in attendance believed a smaller rock would be better for the community’s horses. The commissioners agreed.

“I feel bad about it and I’m going to solve the situation,” Commissioner Larry Wilson said.

Wilson also said he felt he was to blame for part of the problem because he asked county highway workers to keep a lot of stone on the road.

Several buckets of rock were brought by county Highway Superintendent Phil Cornelius. It was decided between the Amish men present that No. 8 stone, a smaller size of stone, would be used. Cornelius said using the smaller stone would be more expensive, but he would not know how much until it was in use.

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