I just recently visited Havasupai for the first time from April 14th to 16th and although it is amazingly beautiful there, I couldn't get something off my mind. The horses and mules at Havasupai are mistreated and abused. While hiking down through the canyon I witnessed mules with open wounds due to the straps rubbing against them and their packs weighing them down. Then to my horror, my husband and I witnessed the most disgusting, heart wrenching animal abuse words cannot describe. We were about a half mile from the trail head and we saw an all black horse fall to his knees, the wrangler jumped off his horse and began to kick the horse to get up. The horse was not able to get up so the man started throwing rocks at the horse. While all this was happening the rope that they use to tie down everyone's baggage was caught on a rock and choking the horse. Once the man saw that the horse couldn't breathe he began to take the bags off the horse. My husband offered to help the man but he was aggravated and did not accept. We quickly made our way to the top of the trail head to tell the other workers including the "park ranger" but they could care less. I am disgusted and I will do everything I can to help those animals. I do not understand how us humans allow this to go on and continue providing business for this. If you cannot carry your items to and from the canyon then take the helicopter or don't go at all, do not support this abuse!
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