Rancher Says 50 Tivy Valley Horses Will Need New Homes Due To Drought

Almost 50 horses right now are eating away the last of the grass on their Tivy Valley Ranch.

Thanks to dry conditions, and tough economic times, the owner Harold Kelly says he is forced to find new homes for them.

"There is no feed left. There is no grass because there is no rain," said Kelly.

Kelly says his hillside ranch is the driest he has seen in a while.

But Kelly says it's the site of his thinning horses that depend on the grass that worries him the most.

"I am having to buy hay that I normally would not have to buy, and it's very costly," said Kelly.

As a retired trainer, Kelly says it's a cost he can barely afford.

Kelly has suffered four heart attacks, a cancer scare, and a bad shoulder.

Kelly says he is loosing his ability to take care of his horses; both physically and financially.

"I don't think about it as being bad luck. Sometimes it's the decisions that we make, and that's just the result," added Kelly.

As the Valley enters one of its driest years, Kelly says he is forced to find new homes for his beloved horses.

"It's a real stress. I am not the only one. There are plenty of people who are worse than me, but there is no point in me keeping the horses here if I can find good homes for them," said Kelly.

Gina Caglia of "Silverwings Horse Rescue" takes in horses just like Kelly's on a daily basis.

Caglia says she knows first hand how hard it is to care of a horse.

"There is like 200,000 horses every year in this country that go to slaughter because there isn't enough to take care of them," said Caglia.

With a stable full of needy horses, Caglia says she understand Kelly's plight.

They say it is now up to willing horse lovers to come forward, and give the regal creatures the new home they deserve.

Kelly says he is not looking for a donation.

He is seeking families who can adopt and love his horses as much as he does.

For information about adoption please call:

HAROLD KELLY(559) 269-7752