Preston Guilmet 
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Re: “Unhealthy Horses

With no nasty or defensive tones, I would like to say that I did and still do associate myself with the University of Arizona Equine Unit. I was a student of the program and a volunteer since I found out it was there in 2006. After reading the above article which absolutely shocked me due to the lack of factual information in it, I am starting to wonder how and why it was published. Anyone who has spent an afternoon at the "farm" knows not only the hard work put in by the small staff and volunteers, but the care for those horses. I say this not from what i have heard or because of what someone has told me but from first hand experience.

My name is Preston Guilmet and I spent my time in college playing for the U of A baseball team and the rest was at the farm. Literally every afternoon for almost 3 years I spent side by side with the horses or helping Laura Walker and Mark Arns with everything I could. I would like to say my help made the horse unit a better place, just as every other volunteer would like to agree with. And out of the last 4 years that I was there, I can say that I never saw one thing that would be considered bad for the horses. Every horse was taken care of better than most people can take care of 2 or 3. I cant express how many times at the end of a 6am - 5pm day something happened and the staff spent more of their time taking care of the situation without rushing or cutting corners on the care. Those horses... foals, mares or stallions are all the profit making machine for the equine unit and they are taken care of, plain and simple. I wanted to keep this real short and the real issue i wanted to cover was for anyone who reads this article to know, spend a min, or an hour at the farm on Campbell and Roger and it is clear, its not a multi-million dollar facility but it is well kept and most importantly the horses are as healthy as can be. After all, they are horses, all they need is grass and water to survive but what the university gives is much much more than that! If anything, take a trip out there and thank Laura Walker and Mark Arns for what they are doing, I challenge anyone to try and do half the job that they do with, especially with this market and academic budget crunch which is an issue that should be written about.

One last thing, I knew Ellie, I groomed her and loved on her and fed her carrots and she was treated better than most people are. Laura Walker loves that horse and everyone that was out there knew it. When i arrived in 2006 she was not in the best of shape, but she was happy to be alive and to be apart of the everyday commotion. Needless to say, when i left in 2009 she was older and it was noticeable. So to the student who wants to remain nameless, its clear you don't know horses cause she was not as happy as could be... Everything thinkable was done to help Ellie remain comfortable for her remaining years and as sad as it is to say this, if she was not euthanized when she was, that would have been the real tragedy. No money could have saved her, she was a horse and she lived a heck of a life. Anyone who spent time with Ellie could see it in her eye.

Please Mr. Vanderpool, don't write about what you aren't sure about. Especially about something as the importance of animal welfare. The people that are in the horse business directly related to the University love these animals and take care of these animals. The horses are the reason they show up 24-7-365. I may not be a doctor or a professional but take it from someone who was actually spending time at the farm during these tough years, the horses were treated above average, all the time, and everything that they could do for a horse is being done.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, sadly this article may not be of most importance but something like this i had to respond to. Again my name is Preston Guilmet and I support the Equine Unit and its effort in the Arizona horse industry because I know how the Farm is run.

Posted by Preston Guilmet on 06/27/2010 at 12:18 AM

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