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Rescues See Rise in Malnourished Horses

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Local horse rescues say they are at full capacity, overwhelmed by malnourished and abused horses, and they don't know how many more they can save.

Just this past weekend, one rescue received eleven malnourished horses, many fighting to live.

They believe many horses are turning up like this due to a shortage of hay and a consequent price hike.

At five years old, a horse named Zane is fighting for his life -- and the director and volunteers at Hightail Horse Ranch and Rescue are doing whatever they could to make he and the ten other malnourished and abused horses pull through.

Hightail Horse Ranch and Rescue believe the drought and the price of hay are among the reasons they've seen more malnourished horses come in -- and they believe they'll see even more.

When asked if more horses might be at risk, Charlotte Tuhy of Hightail Horse Ranch and Rescue responded, "very much so. It's a worry... a problem that's been going on for a while but steadily getting worse."

And Tuhy says they want to make sure they will be able to help more horses in need, even working on a waiting list for new acquisitions.

They need donations, volunteers, adopters, and fosters so they can continue their mission.

Tuhy also says that many horses are so cheap right now -- even to the point that they are basically being given away -- that some are ending up with the wrong owners... which could also be a reason so many horses are coming in abused.




If you would like to help Hightail Horse Ranch and Rescue, give them a call at (701)-526-3734, or visit their website.



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