Couple Charged After Texas Horses Seized

A Texas couple is facing multiple animal cruelty charges after authorities removed more than 30 horses from their Eastland County farm.
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A Texas couple is facing multiple animal cruelty charges after authorities removed more than 30 horses from their Eastland County farm.

Eastland County Deputy Sheriff Ben Yarbrough said deputies responded to a report about allegedly maltreated horses residing on a property near Esdemona, Texas, on May 30. Investigators discovered 31 horses, most of which were in drylots and/or small pens with no shade or shelter, he said.

Many of the horses “scaled 1 and 2 on the (Henneke body condition score) chart,” Yarbrough said. “We did have some 7 and 8 on the scale, but the horses were competing for what food there was on the property.”

After an investigation officials took the horses to the Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) for rehabilitative, veterinary, and farrier care

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, 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 eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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