It is so so bad. It hasn't rain nice and heavily for quite some time now. If your thinking, "But what has this got to do with horses?" Well, first of all there is about 12 poor horses living on a farm. Now, for 8 years, (that's right you heard correct) for 8 years now there have been complaints on top of complaints to the RSPCA (Royal Society of the Prevention To Cruelty To Animals) about horses in really bad condition. The owner, who happens to be a vet! Can't afford the money for her horses and just this year the RSPCA has done something about it.
It turned out that she also owns 20 dogs as well
Now, I lady I know asked a few years back that she'd give the owner money for her one of her horses. The owner refused and said "Nah he won't suit you. You don't want that horse." Well, there goes 500 bucks down the drain. She used to have about 20 horses but about 8-10 have been saved by very kind people. I felt so so sorry for the horses. You could see their ribs!
Some nice people who couldn't afford a horse would come by and give the horses some apples or carrots to eat. There are still about 10-12 horses on the farm and people are working together to same them. All of this leads to the drought. Because now the prices of hay, (which are going through the roof!) is not cheap at all. If your horse gets ridden and needs a sponge down, look out because Victoria have water restrictions! But I think you have to use a bucket instead of a hose to wash your horse. The drought is cauing most farmers with empty pockets because they have no water to well, water their crops, unless they buy water. (Which I think is quite dear as well.)
So you see,
Farmers here, not just in Victoria but all over Australia are in a crisis with keeping their horses and their houses!
I feel really sad for those innocent creatures.