This is just rumor for now. I tried to find a news story or something to back up what I have been hearing. But nothing. However this isn't surprising as local news does lag behind the country chatter.
With hay prices now topping $110 for a large round bale, and the quality of the hay being so poor, it seems that a few horse owners have decided to take their horses out deeper into the country and dump them like an unwanted dog.
Rumor has it that a local man that cares for a handful of horse, woke to find 4 extra ones in his pasture. Someone had driven up to his field gate and let their horse out onto his pastures.
Last night a woman showed up at my house to inform me that someone had dropped (shot) a horse along side a road. Non residential. She watched as the dog food people picked it up.
It's sad state. With hay growers shipping their bales to Texas because the prices are higher, we here are struggling to find anything. The bales we bought are so light that it only lasted 2 weeks. We have another 2 weeks worth, but after that I don't know. We might end up butchering everything but the calves.