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Horse owners lose horses in March 2 tornadoes, some lost their whole herds
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More and more the sad news is coming in of horse owners who have lost all or almost all of their horses in the March 2, 2012 tornadoes, often along with their homes and barns. Many horses who were not already dead had to be euthanized due to severe injuries they had suffered. Injured horses, along with pets, and other livestock have been keeping veterinarians in the area very busy.

Rhonda and Bill McCardle, of Crittenden, Kentucky, have been running their McCardle's Hidden Stables for 40 years, are one of those horse owners whose lives were devastated by the March 2 tornadoes. After the tornado hit their ranch two people who lived on their farm were killed, Donald and Linda Beemon, and their ranch laid in ruin with 15 of their horses dead, and the family dogs are unaccounted for. *If you would like to help the McCardles rebuild their ranch you can email [email protected] for more information.

Loose horses were roaming around in the area of Henryville and surrounding areas hit hard by tornadoes. Due to the Clark State Forestry horse trails being located within the Henryville area there were many horse farms located in the areas that were hit hard by the tornadoes. It is hoped that these horses can be reunited with their owners. In the first published draft of this article it was mentioned that loose horses were being rounded up and moved to Saddle Up Arena, however, it has been confirmed that Saddle Up Arena does not have any displaced horses at their facility. 

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is the government entity that is suppose to supervise oversight of animals affected by the tornadoes and other natural disasters in the State of Indiana. They are activated once the area is declared a disaster area.

Photo: Courtesy of Brook Bunch

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Owner of Cedar Ridge Farm which operates a children's horseback riding lesson program in Greenville, IN. I have been involved with equine welfare and rescue activities. We have successfully rehomed at risk horses and retrained off the track thoroughbred racehorses in new careers in hunter/jumper, eventing, dressage, and barrel racing disciplines.

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