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Caring for horses a full-time job, local woman warns after 61 animals seized

After the seizure of 61 malnourished horses in Lane County, a horse owner is speaking out on what it takes to raise and maintain a horse.

Posted: Oct 31, 2019 6:20 PM
Updated: Oct 31, 2019 7:01 PM

CRESWELL, Ore. -- After the seizure of 61 malnourished horses in Lane County, a horse owner is speaking out about what it takes to raise and care for a horse.

Cottage Grove resident Katie Ralston, who has 10 horses, said caring for them is similar to having a full time job, time and energy-wise. 

RELATED: PROPERTY OWNER CITED AFTER 61 NEGLECTED HORSES SEIZED IN CRESWELL

"We spend, with our (horses), we actually go through a bale of alfalfa a day, and three to four bales of regular grass-hay, so with that, it's $40 a day in food alone," Ralston said. 

But Ralston said money isn't the only challenge for horse owners.

She said time is also a huge part of the deal when caring for a horse and estimates she spends a few hours every day to maintain and care for her animals.

If you don't have the money or the time, Ralston advises against getting one because it will lead to a neglected and unhealthy horse.

"The first couple signs is they'll have a lot of hair loss, in their mane and tale. They'll also start getting very bad hoof care as well. Their hoof will start peeling off, and you'll start seeing their ribs, and often that's the first tell-tale sign that they're losing weight," Ralston said.

The owner of the property the horses were removed from was cited for second-degree felony animal neglect.

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