It was a sad sight on a thoroughbred farm in Lincoln County two weeks ago.
“They wouldn't have lasted another week,” says Cathy Mitchum of the Lincoln County Humane Society.
Mithchum says that out of 70 horses on one farm, 12 of them were starving. The owner blamed the drought leaving him without hay and a lack of resources. He agreed to give the horses up...instead of facing charges.
Last month they could barley stand. But after some donations of feed and hay, the thoroughbreds returned to their natural element.
“And they were just running for the joy of running. They're racing horses and that's just what they do. It was so wonderful to see that,” says Mitchum.
Many of the problems can't be blamed just on the weather. Farmers say money is tight and when you don't have rain to produce hay or cash to buy feed, you're in trouble.
But now people are donating both money and feed to nurse the horses back to health.
“They have a long way to go. It will be 6 months at least just to get these horses back to health and several months after that to get back to their real selves,” said Mithchum.