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Horses Going On Auction Block

After a year at the Harrison County Farm, the nine horses displaced after the hurricane, are now temporarily stalled at the county fairgrounds. Inmate Willie Rankin is probably the one person the horses trust the most. He's taken care of them the longest. 

The Humane Society of South Mississippi is teaming up with the county to auction the horses. They will split the money so the county recoups some of the feed and vet bills. 

Humane Society Director Tara High says, "My hope is that the right people will come out and take these horses people who know what they're doing and offer these horses the life that we believe they deserve."

But High doesn't recommend first time horse owners. The animals haven't had much human contact over the last year and they're a bit skittish. So High says they need owners willing to work with them. 

"We want to be attracting people who have some experience with horses. They've not had a lot of exposure with humans, but some of them are already showing that they're warming up very quickly. They just need someone with some patience and some time to spend with them."

Until their new owners take them home, Willie Rankin will make sure these horses stay well fed and healthy at the fairgrounds. 

The auction is Saturday, September 9th at 11am at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. Four mares, all of them pregnant, four stallions and one gelding will be sold. They are 3 to 11 years old. 

You can see the horses on Friday, September 8th from 1 to 4pm and on auction day beginning at 8:30am. For more information, click here, or call 228-863-4394 extension 101.

by Marcia Hill

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