Hay Shortage in the Texas Coastal Bend Can Mean Life or Death for Rescued Horses

"I didn't even think about the drought when we were planning The Big Barn Dance Benefit for the Rialto Theater but as we started the attempt to collect some hay as "set pieces" for the dance, it became obvious very quickly that folks were pretty dang protective about their bales. They just plain didn't want to loan them, donate them, give us a discount, etc.

Since we couldn't very well have a barn dance without hay, we begged, borrowed & bought some at the last minute. It was kind of stressful till I realized all it meant to us was a few more folks would be standing instead of sitting. Unfortunately, the hay shortage can mean life or death for the horses at Meadow Haven Horse Rescue (Nixon, Texas). We were happy to donate the bales we had after the event to this worthy cause.

This is a daily struggle for them. Back when I had horses in 2002, I could get hay for $1-$2/bale. Moore Than Feed charged us $10.99 last week. That's quite a jump in a few short years and has hit the Meadow Haven folks hard. So, I strongly encourage you to help with a few dollars (or a few bales) if at all possible. (Make a Donation on their Website! Every little bit helps!)

Their website is www.meadowhavenrescue.com They have a Facebook page, 'like' them & stay up-to-date on their horses. It's raining today, so I'm hoping that continues and hay prices will decline this season. Until then, these horses who have already survived starvation, abuse & neglect need your support NOW. Please join me in helping them!"

Jen Rubinowitz
Rialto Theater, President


Alicia said…
I'm so glad that awareness is being raised for this issue! It's such an important cause....these animals have been given a second chance at life after being removed from (generally) awful, gut-wrenching conditions. Darla (of Meadow Haven) is doing a wonderful thing...and she is truly a wonderful woman who deserves our support!
Anonymous said…
Darla, of Meadow Haven Horse Rescue, took in my mare, 4 years ago when I was laid off. My mare was well fed & cared for. I had only had her for 4 months when I was laid off. I knew with the rising costs of feed & hay that I would not be able to give her the life she deserved. She took in Paloma & found her a new home! I raised horses for 20 years in the Wimberley area, had several & feed was cheap. Things have changed & so many horses are suffering. Thanks for bringing attention to this important cause! I'll be moving to Rockport in the next year & so enjoy WWN. Kathy Pyeatt
Alicia said…
It takes a lot of heart to surrender a horse...when you know it's the best thing for the animal. So many people wait until it's too late. ....I give you a lot of credit!!

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