Prospect Park’s bridle path got some much-needed grooming on Tuesday — a long-overdue Band-Aid for what some horse owners say is an equine booby trap.
As The Brooklyn Paper reported last month, the eroded, rocky paths have caused severe injuries to horses housed in the Kensington Stable.
So this week, volunteers raked new gravel along a third of the pathway connecting an exercise paddock near the park’s southwestern entrance to the stables, the only remaining horse barn in Brownstone Brooklyn.
The Park Alliance, the stables, Goldman Sachs, and GALLOP, a horse-therapy group, ponied up the cash for supplies.
“It’s a good temporary effort,” said Walker Blankenship, president of Kensington Stables. “But we’ll have a better idea of how effective the work was when it rains again.”
A full repair of the three-and-a-half-mile bridle path is prohibitively expensive, according to the Prospect Park Alliance, which typically shovels fresh ash onto the pathway when rainstorms wash out the surface and reveal large, fetlock-harming boulders.
“Someone would have to win the mega-millions to pay for [a truly effective drainage system],” Blankenship said.
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