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Horses suffering through the heatwave

DALLAS (KXAS/NBC) - Ranchers are doing everything they can to keep their livestock healthy as extreme heat grips the entire country. Horses in particular are suffering.

"It has been worse than any other year," rancher Jana Thorton said.

Veterinarian Dr. John Bitter said the heat can cause horses to have intestinal problems such as colic or develop a condition that keeps their bodies from cooling down.

"In these last few weeks, it is coming to a head, and more of these horses are having problems," he said.

Thorton has been working overtime to keep her horses healthy. She waters them down, keeps fresh water in the tanks, and feeds them extra minerals.

Thorton said the hardest part is keeping them fed because the pastures are too dry to graze.

"We are having to feed them round bales of hay, which are very expensive," Thorton said.

The demand for hay has gone up, but so has the price.

"We see a lot of cattlemen selling their cattle right now in huge numbers only because they can't afford them, or if they can afford, don't have the resources to feed them," Bitter said.

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