THE community and harness racing industries are rallying behind the Webb family after cowardly thrill shooters killed four of their horses at their Marulan property last week.
They have been flooded by phone calls, faxes, emails and social media messages from well-wishers throughout the country.
“The boss of Harness Racing NSW called us to offer his support, which we’re most grateful for,” Jim Webb said.
“And I had a phone call from a fellow who has an excavation business in Marulan, offering his services to bury our horses for us.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with support and that says a lot about this community we live in.”
The Goulburn Post has also been inundated with messages of support.
“Hearts will be bleeding with you…every horse owner can feel your pain,” someone posted on goulburnpost苏州美甲美睫培训.au.
Another wrote: “I hope they find those responsible and punish them with the full extent of the law. The person(s) responsible should not have access to guns due to their obvious instability …”
It’s still a mystery who entered the Webbs’ Winfarthing Road property at about 8pm on July 23 and why they shot and killed four horses, injuring two others.
The culprits also targeted a neighbouring property that same night, shooting at a house and livestock, killing several sheep.
Goulburn Police said they were hopeful of an outcome into their investigations soon, but wouldn’t comment further.
Mr Webb said his three daughters and parents, Jack and Julie, were still coming to terms with their loss but have had their spirits lifted by the community’s response.
They also received the good news from vets who said the injured horses should recover.
One of those horses, shot in its hindquarters, should live an otherwise normal life despite the decision not to remove the bullet.
“The surgery would pose too much of a risk,” Mr Webb said. The other horse was shot in the leg, resulting in a bone chip, which should heal.
The family was also buoyed by the impressive run of Ristma in the last at the Goulburn Harness meeting on Monday.
“He ran a good little race. We thought he was going to come third, they were all over the place,” Mr Webb said.
Ristma, a rising eight-year-old gelding, finished a close up sixth, and is definitely “one to watch”, Mr Webb said.
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