Thousands of Horses at Risk in Texas

Horses standing in flood water.
Horses standing in flood water.

Houston, TX – Thousands of horses are at risk or have already perished in the flooding from hurricane Harvey.  With up to 51 inches of rain falling in some areas, many people could not, or chose not to, evacuate their horses.

Those horses not immediately killed in the flooding are at risk of starving, injury from submerged objects, infection and skin rotting off due to contaminants in the water.  Rescuers from around the country have descended on Texas to save as many horses as they can.  Fairgrounds and other horse facilities not under water have inundated with horses needing shelter.

In September, 2016, horses suffered tremendously from flooding in Louisiana.  Rescuers and veterinarians are hopeful the flood waters in Texas will not cause the extensive damage to horses and other animals.

Most of the horses that survived the flood waters are met with a long, painful rehabilitation.  After standing in the sewage and chemical filled flood waters, the outer layers of the horses skin falls off, similar to a burn victim.  The skin sloughs off, revealing raw, tender flesh underneath.  The horses suffering from “river rot” require round-the-clock care.  “This has never happened before, so in my opinion, something had to have been in the water,” the vet told reporters.  “This is like a chemical burn. The skin is just sloughing off, so its almost like a burn patient, so we’re having to really treat those as burn patients.” – News of the Horse

The final death toll for horses may never be known.  The nation’s thoughts and prayers go to these helpless victims of natures fury.

Rescuer helping horse in flood water.
Rescuer helping horse in flood water.
Horses standing in flood water.
Horses standing in flood water.
Horses heads sticking up above flood water.
Horses heads sticking up above flood water.
Horse resting on submerged pickup truck trying to stay alive.
Horse resting on submerged pickup truck trying to stay alive.
MInis killed by hurricane Harvey.
MInis killed by hurricane Harvey.

A father and son duo rescued this stallion from a round pen, and shared the moment on Facebook.

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