Innocent horses become victims of fallen racing empire

Published: Feb. 8, 2013 at 2:40 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 22, 2013 at 2:40 AM CST
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NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A once-thriving horse racing business in Central Louisiana is now dealing with what some may describe as a fallen empire -- and innocent animals are the victims in this downfall.

Aerial photos of Ryder's River Ridge Farm in Natchitoches were taken just last month by a Texas rescue group. The image show not only what appears to be malnourished horses but also complete skeletons and bones of horses scattered about the grounds, horses that likely starved to death.

Farm owner Clay Ryder voluntarily surrendered 38 emaciated horses last month to a non-profit organization known as the Louisiana Horse Rescue Association. The LHRA is now working to rehabilitate the rescued horses and to find them permanent homes.

"We're looking for homes for all of them, an we're gonna be hopeful. There's an adoption process. If someone's interested in adopting a horse, they can look at pictures. They can come out and view the horses," says Patrick Richmond of the LHRA.

Veterinarian Jessica Duncan says she thinks "the way to a horse's heart is through it's stomach. This is a great opportunity for a lot of people to get horses that are gonna love them for just feeding them and bringing them back to health.:

Two horses died shortly after the rescue. It is believed that as many as 50 additional horses remain on the farm, their condition unknown. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Department is investigating the situation along with the state police.

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