Keep "Buck" with the Sheets family

Buck, a quarter/Florida cracker horse cross, has been housed at Lake Louisa State Park for the past four years. Brian and Mary Ellen Sheets have been his sole providers, on their own time and with their own money. The Sheets have requested from the State of Florida Park Service and DEP to obtain ownership of Buck and, in essence, retire him from State service. The Sheets have offered to replace Buck with a purebred Florida Cracker horse so that the Park Service will still have a horse for its purposes. We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders of the State of Florida to act now to allow Brian and Mary Ellen Sheets to have permanent ownership of Buck. We understand the bond that develops between a horse and its owner and feel that it is in the best interest of all parties to allow this transaction to occur.


Mary Ellen Sheets



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    eva, United States

    7 years ago
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    Elizabeth O'Laughlin, United States

    7 years ago Comments: I had a horse as a young girl in New Mexico. We were together for over 2 years every day, no one else rode him. My Dad got transferred and we couldn't bring him to Florida so he was sold to a young girl, like myself, with a very good home. He died a couple of months later of no probable cause. Just a broken heart. Some horses only bond with one or two people and when they are removed from those people it is very depressing to them. It would be far better for Buck to be placed in a home where he is wanted and loved. And considering the conditions of where he is presently, seems like a major investigation should be done. To tie a colt to a post to teach him patience is the lazy man's way. Working and training him with patience, time and rewards for a job well done work much better and is the way it should be done. I know I have a gelding who was raised that way.
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    Valerie Lawson, United States

    7 years ago Comments: Please reunite Buck with the people who care about him, he is not just a piece of property...he is family, and is loved. Thank you...
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