Horses Suffering During Power Outage

by Kelly Choate on July 5, 2012 at 6:32 am

The heat is hard to tolerate for anyone still without power, but at WHINNY Horse Rescue in Crooksville, it’s a matter of life and death.

Mary Jones cares for 21 horses that need special attention and have no other place to go.  Some of the horses are blind and suffer from other disabilities.  Jones said the storm took a toll on WHINNY Horse Rescue.

"We have a section of our barn that we store our hay that’s also an area for the horses because they have no shade out in the pasture," said Jones.  "The roof was ripped off this section of the barn.  We lost close to 200 bales of hay and some of the tin over the stalls was damaged."

The fans that usually blow cool air through the stalls are silent, and if the electricity isn’t restored soon, Jones said she could lose some of her older horses.  She said her insurance will cover the damage to the barn, but coming up with the $1,000 deductible isn’t easy.

"At the present time, we’re fundraising in order to raise money to pay an outstanding hay and vet bill from last year so that I can start getting ready for this year," said Jones.  "With an extra $1,000 I have to come up with, that’s going to be pretty hard work."

If you’re interested in helping WHINNY Horse Rescue during this difficult time, you can call Mary Jones or visit