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July 10, 2013

Amish help choose rock for roads

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 county roads.

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, is too big for the horses to trot on. He said if a horse steps on the large rocks the right way, the horse could develop bruises to the soft tissue of the horse¹s hoof and cause it to be lame.

Veterinarian Matt Lyons agreed with Stoll, saying he has seen an increase in lamed horses due to bruising on the sole of the hoof. He said he only sees horses that need treatment local farriers could not provide.

“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. It means their primary means of transportation is not available.

“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 listened. Commissioner Larry Wilson felt the amount of rock on county roads in his district, Barr, Reeve and Van Buren townships, was from his direction.

“I have to take the biggest part of the blame,” Wilson said. “I wanted to have more rock on the roads because there is nothing more aggravating than driving on muddy roads.”

He went on to say he did not know what type of rock was being used but wanted to help.

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