Thoroughbreds have largely been spared from Hurricane Harvey flooding, and it's giving rescued horses an advantage.
As Hurricane Harvey descended on Texas, it caused massive flooding which resulted in both humans and animals needing to evacuate. Transporting livestock is a time-consuming feat that requires planning, and as a result of the unanticipated degree of flooding, many large animals have had to be rescued from the waters. While horses and other livestock are being moved from flooded paddocks and fields, one significant fact remains: Thoroughbreds have largely been spared.
There is no Thoroughbred racing scheduled for this time of the year in Texas, meaning that most of the Thoroughbred farms are empty or house just a few horses. Additionally, most of those farms were out of Hurricane Harvey's path, so they were spared the damage that other farms sustained.
This means a major advantage when it comes to rescuing the horses that did lose their homes to the flooding. Many of the farms have opened their doors to horses in need of shelter. With the stables being at higher elevations or being positioned out of the hurricane's path, they're able to remain a safe place for rescued horses to reside until other arrangements can be made.
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Even once the horses are rescued and brought to safety, the battle isn't over. Spending hours in floodwaters can result in serious, painful skin diseases for horses, so intensive medical treatment will likely be needed. Chemicals in the water can also potentially cause issues.
Currently there are no reported numbers about how many horses have been rescued, or about the number of equine deaths or injuries that have occurred.
If you would like to help, consider donating to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation's Equine Disaster Relief Fund. You can donate to the fund here.
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