Impact Of Hay Prices Felt At Horse Rescue
The rising price of hay is forcing more horse owners to abandon their animals. Cherie McKenzie of the Sundown Horse Shelter in Hugo says call volume is up, "Normally this time of year, I'm getting one to two calls a week to find homes for horses this year I'm getting three to five. This tells me it's going to be a bad year."
McKenzie says her own hay costs have gone up, "Last spring, a 55-pound bale that had mostly grass and alfalfa was $5.50 a bale. It went up $1.25 so I'm paying $6.75. My hay guy says this is the last load at $6.75, it's going up to $8 dollars for that same bale."
Sundown Horse Rescue operates on donations. If you would like to donate, visit their website at www.sundownhorseshelter.org or call them 651-407-1908