A Pike County Sheriff's Deputy calls it the worst case of animal abuse he's ever seen.
Three horses are dead and at least four more are injured, including two struggling for their lives..
The horses spend half of the year at the Breaks Interstate Park for trail riding, but the rest of the time they're near Elkhorn City.
That's where one witness says the horses were chased and shot on an old strip mine Thursday afternoon.
There's about two dozen horses seemingly at peace at their winter home with plenty of wide open space to roam.
One of at least four horses that somehow survived being shot by what police believe to be a .22 calibre gun
Three other horses weren't as lucky, some shot between the eyes or multiple times.
Owner Trish Hayes believes all the horses were tortured.
"We stayed with them all night, they were in distress," Hayes said.
Police believe it was a target-shooting joyride, with signs that the entire group of horses was chased through the fields by a vehicle with someone shooting at them.
"I went outside and they were coming up my driveway, they looked like zombies," Hayes said.
Running for their lives, some of the horses ended up at Julie Mullins' home, six miles away.
"You can still see where they were dripping with blood they were worn out," Mullins said.
Hays rescued many of the horses out of neglectful environments and says she wishes she could have saved them again Thursday afternoon.
One had been used to help her niece cope with autism.
The owner is offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.
If you have any information you can call the Pike County Sheriff's Department at 606-432-6260.