Queensland Flooding Deadly for Area Horses

Dozens of horses have been killed by the floods that continue to trouble Australia, according to the New Zealand-based website Horsetalk. About 80 Standardbred horses at the prominent Cold Mountain Stud, located near Moore in Queensland, perished in the flood.

Horsetalk reports that among the 80 horses were 17 active racehorses and 15 yearlings who were trapped in a barn that was submerged in flood waters.

Another five horses from surrounding areas have been reported missing, according to another Horsetalk report.

The Queensland Horse Council has initiated a Lost Horse Register, where owners can register their horses as being misplaced in the floods.

"The Queensland Horse Council will be handling the lost horse register, contact point for lost horses, found horses and found dead horses," the council said in a statement on their website. "We want to be able to bring some closure to owners who have lost horses and also have accurate figures of lost horses at the end of this."

Earlier this month, flooding in Australia forced the rescue of dozens of horses as flood waters reached as high as 30 feet in some areas.

About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in three-day eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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