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Drought Slams Horse Owners, Rescuers as Hay Costs Soar

Although his 80-acre Indiana Horse Rescue in the state’s southwestern region is in the grip of drought, Tony Caldwell doesn’t have it too bad. He’s close enough to the Ohio River to partly offset the brutally dry summer of 2012.

“Our alfalfa hay is really good,” he said, before acknowledging that this year’s harvest still could be only half its usual yield.