Horse Owners' Needs Still Urgent After Hurricanes

Salty water drowned pastures in Louisiana and Mississippi months ago, but the needs of horses in areas left incapacitated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita remain critical, say area veterinarians and residents. Most Gulf Coast horse owners need quality square bales of hay and horse feed.

If you would like to help Louisiana horses (6,400 bales were needed in Vermilion Parish), contact Andrew Granger, county agent with the Louisiana State University Ag Center, at 337/898-4335.

To help Mississippi horses, contact Mike Mitchell of the Pearl View County Board of Supervisors (601/795-8038) or Larry Fitzgerald of Mississippi State University (MSU, at 601/337-1313).

Another Mississippi contact for donations is Gwen Smith at MSU Extension (, 228/216-3444). A major need is simply shipment of donated hay. For more information, see


About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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