Safer stalls part of this year’s Midwest Horse Fair following 2016 accident

Safer stalls part of this year’s Midwest Horse Fair following 2016 accident

This year’s Midwest Horse Fair at Dane County’s Alliant Energy Center, which kicks off Friday, will feature safer stalls for horses attending the event.

Alliant Energy Center officials mulled changes to livestock stalls last year after a horse was injured in a freak accident last March and had to be euthanized .

The issue stemmed from a U-shaped piece of metal on top of the stalls, which were located in the center’s New Holland Pavilions that opened in September 2014. They were originally designed to prevent electrocution from extension cords in the stalls.

PVC has since been installed on the tops of the stalls to prevent another accident.

“What (the PVC) did was take that rough edge off of this,” Alliant Energy Center Director Mark Clarke said. “If any animal was to hit their leg or their chin on this, you’re going have a smooth surface up here.”

Rhonda Reese, the general manager of the Midwest Horse Fair, said the installation gives her more peace of mind as the popular weekend event gets underway.

“It just eases people’s minds that when they come to the Horse Fair the horses are safe,” Reese said. “They don’t have to worry as much, it’s all good improvements.”

The Midwest Horse Fair runs from Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit its website .

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