TAGS:

Thousands of horses have been stranded in Colorado due to serious flooding.

The September floods have killed at least 8 people and severely damaged around 2,000 homes across 4,500 square miles.

The area is densely populated with horses, including many large studs and training facilities.

Hay and feed is being airlifted to stranded farm owners, and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is appealing to horse owners to donate to its Equine Disaster Relief Fund for ongoing recovery. The fund was initiated to ensure the safety of wellbeing of horses during disasters, in the wake of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005.

USEF chief executive officer John Long said: “Recovery from a disaster of this magnitude will be arduous and ongoing, but not impossible. We need to remember that when the flooding stops, the recovery is only beginning. This fund is a dollar in and a dollar out. Any donation equates to timely and efficient help for horses and horse owners.”

Make a donation