An animal welfare group and a race track-casino in Minnesota are teaming up to help cash-strapped horse owners deal with another potential shortage of affordable hay this winter.

The Minnesota Hay Bank, a non-profit arm of the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition, recently bought a semi-load of horse-quality hay to make available to eligible horse owners who can’t afford hay. The race track-casino, Canterbury Park in Shakopee, will store the hay securely.

“This is the first time Minnesota has stockpiled hay in an attempt to deal with the hay shortage, and we are now better prepared to address emergency horse needs this winter,” says hay bank co-founder Stacy Bettison. “Purchasing large quantities of hay, finding storage and keeping it secure are enormous undertakings that require money, facilities and equipment. Teaming up with Canterbury Park has made this possible.”

The hay bank is now raising money to pay back the loan taken out to buy the 20 tons of hay. Visit minnesotahorsewelfare.org/hay-bank for more about the group.

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