Stable owners doing their best to care for horses trapped by flood
A stable of horses in Western Douglas County couldn't be moved before chilly floodwater moved onto the land.
The owners were forced to evacuate and leave their herd behind.
The owners of Winnail Stable were desperate to know the fate of their 18 horses on Saturday.
"We got to see what we can do to help them. We can't just leave them stranded there, so we're going to see what we can do and we're praying for the best," Jessica Kerwin said.
The owners couldn't get close to the stable, but a volunteer with an airboat helped them check on the animals.
"We're going to make it. I guarantee we'll get there," airboat pilot Brad Meck said.
Getting to the stable was risky, cutting through a treeline for almost a mile ride across turbulent floodwaters.
The volunteers found the horses cold but calm.
The animals were trapped, standing in cold floodwater. They were also hungry.
"Your horses' bellies are underwater," volunteers reported to the stable owners.
One donkey died, but all of the horses were alive in the chest-deep, cold water.
Volunteers hung dry hay for the horses to eat. They may not be able to be moved, but they won't be forgotten.
Hay donations can be dropped off at Chance Ridge Vet Clinic near Skyline Dr. and West Dodge Rd.
The horses were moved to an arena, but a pony was lost. Water has receded a little more. Fresh hay was hung and grain was placed above the water.
The horses were moving around and were not shivering. The stable will attempt to move the horses on Monday if the water is down. They still need dry hay donations.