"In this one area that we're working today (Sept. 7), there are maybe 20 or 30 horses down in there," described Addison. "Every day we have a head count, and we go into that area and we find areas where all of them perished, or we find areas where there are 20-30 horses that we didn't know about that were alive. Every time we go into a new area, it's a new day."There's nobody here...it's unbelievable," he related. "There is no communication, no cellular services, and no one who survived to care for the animals. The helpful thing is that it's so flooded, horses are seeking higher ground, and that's either the levees or the roads," which makes them easier to find. "The water is so nasty and high, if they're not on high ground, they're not going to survive." The team hasn't been able to get to some of the barns that were still under water. "There were a couple of barns that had 60 horses in there each and the roofs are sticking out. We saw quite a few horses that were in the debris--about 30." Of the horses they've rescued from St. Bernard, 15 or more were Thoroughbreds and there were a few ponies and miniatures. Addison said, "We're going back into today to try and get a small herd of Paso Finos and a couple of young Thoroughbreds that we couldn't get loaded yesterday with the manpower that we had. "There are no fences," he explained. "The water and the wind pushed the fences down, so there's no place to corral them, and there's a lot of debris around, so we don't want them up some place where they're going to get injured. We have some dart guns (for the two young horses that were uncatchable) if we need them."A Thoroughbred owner from the area, Marvin Johnson, helped a crew go into Plaquemines Parish, which is on the east side of the Mississippi River. Reportedly five horses were brought out of that area yesterday, but one had to be euthanatized. Addison recalls two notable rescues from yesterday (Sept. 6): "We went into a place where we didn't think there were any horses or any survivors because we heard most of the horses were locked in stalls. We saw a Thoroughbred mare standing...it looked like she'd been nursing a foal, but there was no sign of the foal. She was standing behind some debris on what used to be a feed room, up to her knees in mud with some real serious lacerations around her fetlocks and knees that were very swollen. She just waiting to be rescued...I think she'll live."Another two horses found their way up to high ground and were standing out in front of the feed store, waiting for someone to open it up," he continued. "I thought they were pretty smart."Addison was heading back into St. Bernard Parish when he was talking with The Horse. As his phone eventually lost service, he said, "The horse owners down here basically lost everything and they really need some effort to try and rebuild this industry."
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