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Gravel Roads Injuring Amish Horses In Daviess County

Daviess County officials say the rocks used in county roads are getting stuck in the horses' hoofs, which can cause the animal to become lame.

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Photo: Cindy Cornett Seigle (flickr)

An Amish man drives his buggy down a road in Indiana. The Amish in Daviess County say changes to the gravel roads have been injuring their horses.

Daviess County Commissioners are pouring new gravel roads in hopes they can prevent further injury to Amish horses.

Daviess County Highway Supervisor Phil Cornelius says the commissioners have been told that gravel used for many country roads has been getting stuck in horses’ hoofs, which can bruise the hoof or even cause the animal to become lame.

“We have been using the same size stone ever since I’ve been here, which would be roughly 24 years,” Cornelius says. “It’s just recently come to light because we’ve tried to add more rock on our roads in the last 2 years, so we’re getting more stone up on top rather than being embedded in the earth.”

To remedy the problem, county workers started pouring new gravel this week.

Daviess County Commissioner Anthony Wichman says the rocks are smaller so they should not stick in the horse hooves, but laying the new gravel will take time.

“It’ll take a few years to get to the point where we’ve got all these roads taken care of because it’s taken us a number of years to get to the point of having those roads where they’re more stable,” he says.

About 3,700 Amish live in Daviess County, making up more than 10 percent of the county’s population.

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