Versailles feed store organizes donations for horses injured in Okla. tornado

gkocher1@herald-leader.comJune 12, 2013 

GLEN'S CREEK— Customers of Woodford Feed Co. in Versailles are sending donations of feed and stall bedding to a veterinary clinic in tornado-torn Oklahoma.

Two Woodford Feed employees loaded the donations Wednesday into the front compartment of a trailer owned by Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation Inc. in Glen's Creek west of Versailles.

Hubbard Transportation takes horses and cattle all over the country, and its trucks drive through Oklahoma on transcontinental trips to California and back.

Jan Ramos of North Sales LLC in Midway asked whether Hubbard Transportation could deliver the donations. Judi Baumann, Kentucky area manager for Hubbard's Glen's Creek office, was more than happy to do so.

"We go to Oklahoma weekly," Baumann said.

Horses in Oklahoma suffered facial damage and lost teeth in the storms. "The clinics there are desperate for (stall) wood shavings because the horses have had surgeries, and they need to be on clean shavings to keep from being infected," Baumann said.

Horses that can't chew well will be fed the pellets, which will be soaked in water and turned into a mash for easier digestion.

The trailer with donations was scheduled to leave Wednesday night and will be delivered to Equine Medical Associates in Edmond, Okla., north of Oklahoma City. That's the clinic that Hubbard Transportation uses as a layover stop to give horses a rest on the cross-country treks.

"As the donations continue to come in, we can always take more," Baumann said.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @heraldleader.

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