Eastern N.C. horse owners look for higher ground before water arrives

FALKLAND, N.C. (WNCT) – Some owners are making sure their horses find higher ground before the water arrives.

With water quickly rising, the large animals spook easily and can find themselves lost in the flood.

Some owners are making sure their information is clearly visible on the horses, while others are equipping their animals with reflective rain gear so they can be visible if they get loose from their pastures.

Some horses already had to be removed from their stables before the water got too high.

“We could not take a vehicle or a trailer, so one of the reasons we were hesitating to evacuate them is because we would actually have to swim them out,” said Amy Hazard of Otter Creek Farm.

Many of the horse owners in the east stay connected on social media and help one another when horses needed to be moved.

Owners said some of the horses have been taken to stalls at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

One of the biggest concerns for those with horses is the road conditions.

Horses must be moved in trailers and those trailers are hard to turn if a roadway is closed.

Pitt County Animal Control is also working to make sure that all animals stay safe during the storm.

On Tuesday, a Beaufort County couple, Greg and Ursula Sullivan reached out to 9 On Your Side to share the word that they can help house some of the horses at 118 Long Point Road in Chocowinity. Just call 252-717-4999 if you’d like to make arrangements.

Oak Hill Farm in Fountain can also offer assistance to those who need assistance. If you’d like to make arrangements, contact Crystal Beaman at 252-902-5444.

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