Displaced horses from Harvey in Dripping Springs getting nursed back to health

Dripping Springs organization helping take care of horses displaced by Harvey floods. (Photo: CBS Austin)

Eight horses that looked like “they’ve been in war” after Harvey are now in Dripping Springs as a local group helps bring them back to health.

The organization Healing Horse Ranch in Dripping Springs has taken in eight horses from Beaumont displaced by the floods caused by Harvey. They were originally rescued and taken to a Beaumont staging area where they’re taking care of several animals. Then volunteers decided to help.

“There’s no running water and there’s not enough resources down there to be able to care for all of these animals,” co-founder of Healing Horse Ranch Katie Dickinson said.

Dickinson, veterinarians and several volunteers are nursing them back to health. Some were fine, but others had to have constant care in the beginning.

“Some of these guys are just sliced open all over their bodies,” Dickinson said. “It’s just like none of them have any energy and they all just are so beat and done.”

Dickinson said many were in the flood waters for days, walking or swimming over flooded cars. Cuts from debris cover their bodies.

“There’s horses just swimming around don’t know where to go and they’ve been swimming for hours and are exhausted and swallowing water. One of the horses we have the big grey mare she had swallowed a lot of water, she had a lot of water in her lungs,” she said.

Days after taking them in, she says they’re getting much better. She said you can see it in their eyes, the horses are happier.

“That transformation alone makes it worth it,” Dickinson said.

“Just knowing that an animal is hurt, it’s just hurtful it hurts. Like I just want them to feel good and give them some love,” volunteer Kristy Freeman said.

She said all the horses will recover, but it’s unclear if they’ll be able to go back home. They don’t know any of the horses’ owners. That’s why she started a web site where people in Beaumont can search and see if their horse is with them.

“Unfortunately the reality is some of them probably aren’t going to go home, but the goal is absolutely to get them all back home where they came from,” Dickinson said.

To access that web site click here.

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