Horse Owners, Rescuers Surveying Harvey’s Impact

Flooding continues to challenge Texas horse owners while those in Louisiana prepare to cope with the storm’s rain.
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While rains associated with Hurricane Harvey have ceased, flooding continues to challenge horse owners in and around Houston and Galveston, Texas. Meanwhile Louisiana horse owners are preparing to cope with the storm’s slow northeastward trek.

Last week Hurricane Harvey stalled in Texas dousing Corpus Christi, Houston, and Galveston with more than 50 inches of rain that overflowed rivers and creeks and flooded cities and surrounding areas, according to the National Weather Service.

Some owners evacuated horses before the storm inundated their homes, but even those on higher ground are facing challenges, said Jerry Finch, of Habitat for Horses, near Galveston. In addition to its own horses, is Habitat for Horses is housing some horses evacuated from flood zones.

“We have 150 horses that are on high ground, but we have not even been able to feed them because our hay supply is two miles away and the roads are flooded and closed,” he said. “This cannot get any worse

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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