Seized Horses Find Temporary Home in Chunky

A group of horses that officials say were neglected by their owner are now being cared for at Coyote Hills Stables in Chunky.

Officials say they are doing much better than they were a couple of weeks ago.

"It was bad. Everyone of them had diarrhea," said Kim Blanton, owner of Coyote Hills Stable.

She says diarrhea and dehydration were the two biggest problems the horses faced when they arrived at her place.

"Since they've been here the last two weeks, everyone is putting on weight. The diarrhea has stopped," Blanton said.

Blanton says this is key because all the animals were between 100 and 500 pounds underweight.

"He's probably about 400 or 500 pounds underweight," said Blanton, patting one of the horses. "If you notice, you see his backbone and hips. All of this right here should be filled in."

Unlike the small 10x10 pens county officials say these horses were staying in, now they have more than 30 acres on which to graze. Although this is good, it's also costly.

"We figured for the first six that came here, for one month it was going to be right at $1500 just to take care of them and feed them, board them, give them hay," said Blanton.

This does not include veterinarian fees, which are projected to be at least $300 for each of the seven horses.

It's the rising cost for care and the current state of the economy which Blanton says is causing many horses to suffer.

"You know, people lose their jobs. But if you know you can't afford them, sell them, give them away. Just don't let your horses starve to death," she said.

With continued proper care, Blanton says she is optimistic that all the horses will fully recover.

For now they will remain at the refuge at least until next week when a judge decides whether or not to return them to the owner.

A fund to help with the care of the horses, including food and veterinarian care, has been set up at any Citizens National Bank in Meridian.


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  • by jennifer on Mar 11, 2010 at 08:13 AM
    you are a bunch of fools
  • by Ed on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:44 AM
    thanks Chris I posted this before in fact the photos was taken early in the year would say about Feb. due to the fact they still had their winter coats on .. but doesnt matter as the system has a hold of them and this is just the start.. but in time I bet a lot more what is going on behind this mess will pop up..
  • by Chris Location: Everywhere Mississippi on Oct 26, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    to myspace.com/paperpack...the pictures that show these horses not only shows them on different land from which they were siezed, the pictures also show the two horses that are now deceased. This just shows that the accused in this trial is actually quilty.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2009 at 08:06 PM
    if you want to view the horses before they went there go to myspace.com.paperpack
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    If this owner TRULY loved her horses, she would have given them away. If she had fell on hard times and could no longer support them, she could have sold or given them away. I don't buy this excuse for one minute. I have no children, so my dogs are my children. If I had fallen on hard times, there would be NO WAY I would sit there and watch my dogs starve to death. I would have found them new homes. So now friends of this person-what's your next excuse??
  • by A true horse lover Location: Jackson on Oct 24, 2009 at 05:04 PM
    People say on here they offered and it was said NO THESE ARE M HORSES IM FEEDING THEM.. But apparently the people were quick to take them. But I can bet my life they never offered to help with these horses.. Its all for show.. No one knows what happened or if they were offered help. Because like I said none of us know what really happened but I bet the owner loved them and did what he/she could of done to feed them.. Which is more then I can say for most people with their negative comments..
  • by Loretta Location: Meridian on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    I took a good look at the previous owner horses and I think her horses died from AIDS. It had nothing to do with going without eating. Those horses couldnt hold food nor water inside their body. Did you guys see those horses ribs cage? OMG!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    several people had offered to help with these horses, and the owner said NO THESE ARE MY HORSES I'M FEEDINDG THEM. What were you feeding this Gold Fish Food! Maybe the bags of food looked the same on the outside and she was confused!
  • by Heart Broken Location: Meridian on Oct 24, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    I have kept up with this story and the comments.I am not here to judge anyone.When I seen the horses on the news my heart broke,I cried for hours.I have thought about all involved,the horses,the owner and the court!I can not say that the owner fed them the amount she said because I was not there, but if they had been mine after the weight loss and the medical conditions worsen, I would have called the vet for help, I would not have waited until they were so far gone,that 2 or 3 suffered death.Weight loss is never a good sign,the horses needed to in a pasture when they would have room to move around.Pet owners choose their pets, the pets do not choose us. They are dependent ont us for the care,and our love.Even though they are at a place getting what they need,which I know was best for them,they may be wondering where she is and why she hasn't been to see them.I understand that the court took them and I agree 100%,but would it hurt the horses just to have a visit by the owner?
  • by bo on Oct 23, 2009 at 09:03 PM
    will to the anonymous, you are just as guilty,then if you know this owner and knew of the problem why didn't you offer a few bucks to help unless you also are one of those who can dig the money for a pack of cigs or even worse the money for a black and mild cigarillo instead of helping out with at the max $6.00 bag of feed maybe thats not the kind of food that was used, but at least they would have ate
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