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Feed costs force herd thinning

Honey Pot Stables owner Tara O'Kon Honey Pot Stables owner Tara O'Kon

August 28, 2007

Lee County -- High feed costs are forcing a popular riding stable to find another home for some of their horses.

The drought and a poor hay crop along with higher fuel prices have caused the cost of feed to skyrocket.  A bale of hay that was two dollars last year, is now $6.50 or more.  Feed has also gone up two dollars. 

Because of the higher costs Honey Pot Stables has had to retire some of their therapeutic riding horse to other homes.

"We're in the process of trying to find homes for some of the therapeutic riding horses," said Honey Pot Stables owner Tara O'Kon. "Luckily Moultrie Special Olympics group, their Civitan's Club in Moultrie, said they would help pay to take some the horses, so they're going to take the horses and feed the horses for their special Olympics group over there in Colquitt County, but we may have a few more we need to find homes for."

Stables elsewhere are also downsizing because of the higher feed costs.

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