Horses injured when suspects break into a Reardan barn

The head of a non-profit English riding club for youth has a message for the folks who broke into her barn and injured her horses.

Old Stone Creek is located in Reardan. Rebecca Routh started the club about a year and a half ago for kids.

“We stay pretty busy,” she says.

But Monday morning, as she was going out to the horses, she noticed something was off. She says her horses were agitated. She then saw the barn door open and two strangers standing there. As she yelled at them, they took off.

Rebecca worked to calm down her horses and then noticed that two of them were injured. Buster had a cut on his chest. He had been wearing a muzzle to prevent cribbing, which is where a horse bites the stall which could put it at risk for slivers of wood in his intestines. Rebecca says the suspects cut the muzzle off. Then, she saw that Kid also had some injuries. He banged his hip and also had swelling in his left leg. Both of the horses were on stall rest due to injury or illness.

It’s hard for Rebecca to see her horses like this.  She started this club because horses helped her as a child.

“I had kind of a rocky childhood. I left home when I was 16 years old,” she says. “They say something about the outside of the horse that’s good for the inside of a man…and if it was not for that I would not be where I am. This is my giving back to the community.”

So as she continues to clean up, she just hopes that next time if people have questions about her horses they’ll talk to her.

"Just come and get educated, just get educated with the horse community,” she says. “That's all we would like.”

She has reported this to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Fencing was damaged during the break-in. If you’d like to help, you can donate pallets or find out more information here: https://www.facebook.com/OldStoneCreekLivery/  

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