EUGENE, Ore. -- Many horse owners are outraged that a Creswell woman who pleaded guilty to neglecting horses on her property was sentenced to probation on Tuesday.
In total, 61 horses were seized from Gwenyth Davies' property, where she operated a horse boarding facility, and three did not survive.
KEZI 9 News reached out to stables and centers in Lane County that are working to teach members of the community about the proper care of a horse, starting at young ages.
Rise Up Riding Center & Stables began as a boarding facility, but six months ago they became a United States Pony Club Riding Center. They follow the standards of Pony Club, an organization that has been around for about 65 years.
Pam Lanning is the owner of Rise Up along with her husband. The center keeps to a strict schedule that all are made aware of, involving the supplements and medications that each horse requires and also the maintenance of the stables.
The standard is that each horse visits the vet at least twice a year, and there is a crew attending to the horses at all times.
“Just like everyone else who wants a horse, we really have to do our research,” Lanning said.
Lanning said there's much more that goes into the care of a horse than people may think.
"It's the upkeep, the farrier services, the veterinarian and annual immunizations,” Lanning said. “It's any other type of health care, in case they get hurt.”
Jane Marsh has been a rider at Rise Up for almost four months. She had a horse as a teenager and always wanted to reconnect with her love for riding.
“It’s a stress relief,” Marsh said. “It’s calming, and everyone is happy when they are here. I look forward to it.”
Marsh does recommend being prepared for the commitment that owning or leasing a horse comes with.
"I would have to say that it is a huge responsibility,” Marsh said.
While there are various ways to get a horse, some can cost up up to six figures.
A petition was created on Tuesday that hopes to enforce a lifetime ban of membership for Gwenyth Davies from the Arabian Horse Association and the United Equestrian Foundation. As of Wednesday night, the petition had gained over 1,700 signatures.
As part of her plea agreement, she is not allowed to have more than four horses during the five years of her probation, and she must allow officials to evaluate any animals on her property.