[image-1]Perhaps no place in the United States more closely identifies with horses than Texas — and no part of the country has been more affected by Hurricane Harvey than the Lone Star State.

According to a 2012 livestock census taken by the USDA, Texas is home to almost 11 percent of the country’s horse population, with more than 395,000 horses on farms throughout the state. Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, Palmetto Carriage Works and other local carriage companies have launched a supply drive to aid horses and livestock affected by the storm.

Alongside Aiken equine veterinarian Mitch Lowry, who will be transporting supplies to Texas, local carriage companies are collecting donations of the following items: hay (square bales), bagged shavings, water buckets, manure forks, plastic shovels, bucket clips, halters, lead ropes, towels, battery-powered clippers, garden hoses, Blue Dawn (soap), flashlights, hand sanitizer, and cleaning wipes.

Beginning Tuesday, the supply drive will continue until Friday. According to participating companies, items can be dropped off downtown at 8 Guignard St., 20 Anson St., and 14 Anson St.

“This is just our way to help the animals in need,” said Tommy Doyle, general manager of Palmetto Carriage Works. “We know that feed and supplies for the animals are in short supply.”

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