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Unfortunately, the abused horses are not just owned by one guy. There are other horses still down there, in conditions nearly as bad as the 4 rescued. The original post I saw on Facebook were pictures that someone had taken several days after that guy had been arrested and his 4 horses had been rescued, and they'e updated the post to include pictures another person took the same day they hiked out. So sadly, it's not an isolated incident there.azbackpackr wrote:All that being said, there is no excuse for animal abuse. And even if the horses were just owned by one guy, and he was charged and sent to court, the abuse of his horses was reported by tourists, not by other tribal members, who surely knew of it.
And that's a good thing. A wake-up call for the tribe. I hear that, due to an unprecedented number of high profile articles about Havasu Falls in national publications, plus a big splashy article with photos in the New York Times last fall, it's practically impossible to get a reservation. People who got one every year by going on weekdays, etc., have found it's completely booked-up this year. The tribe has plenty of money to keep veterinarians on hand, and to pay for proper care. It is quite possible to have HEALTHY pack and saddle stock.outdoor_lover wrote:Bad for Business....
The outhouses were in good shape on my last visit, much better than the old flying potta-potty system, and I didn't observe much filth other than overflowing dumpsters in the village. Some people go down and trash up the place, but that's the visitors, and I cannot fault the tribe for that.Sredfield wrote:Whenever someone tells me about hiking to Havasupai they gush about the natural beauty then say "but.. the dogs, outhouses, filth, etc." So it has never risen to be a priority, and if that wasn't enough, this will be.