North Carolina Horse Rescue Groups Deal With Drought Aftermath

Last year’s drought continues to affect horse owners in Franklin, North Carolina, according to WRAL.com, the web site of News Channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, NC. Many of the horses have ended up on horse rescue farms like The North Carolina Equine Rescue League, which currently has 47 horses in its care; 24 of those have arrived since January.

The article quoted rescue representative Jennifer Hack: “The price of hay has gone up and people either can't afford or won't afford to feed their horses.”

While there has been a lot of rain in the area recently, the hay crop was down last year, which is still hitting the NCERL hard. Hay prices are up to $6.00 a bale, in an area where it used to be $3.50 a bale during a good season.

More horses also mean more work for the volunteers, and 32 horses are completely rehabilitated and available for fostering or adoption. Visit http://www.ncerl.com for information on available horses and ways to help.

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