First hay drop for starving Montana horses a success

Cross-posted from the Billings Gazette

First Hay Drop for Starving Billings Horses a Success
After donated hay from Red Lodge was dropped to hundreds of hungry horses Thursday, they quickly started feeding. The Hairpin Cavvy horses on a ranch 16 miles east of Billings are part of an animal cruelty case. Image by LARRY MAYER / Gazette Staff

Written by JAN FALSTAD

    Billings Flying Service airlifted about 20 tons of hay, one round bale at a time, Thursday morning to hundreds of hungry horses on a ranch east of Billings along Highway 87E.

    Also on Thursday, Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office officials used a borrowed John Deere tractor and flatbed trailer to feed other bands of horses.

    An estimated 500 to 700 horses belonging to James Leachman are spread over 20 miles across a handful of ranches and Crow Reservation leases.

    Leachman, of Billings, was charged Friday with five main and five alternative counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. He is scheduled to make his first appearance at 3:15 p.m. Friday in Justice Court. The Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office based the charges on five dead horses found on the ranch earlier this month.


3 thoughts on “First hay drop for starving Montana horses a success”

  1. This should be an example to the Bureau of Lying Murderers. If this can be done for these horses then it can be done for the wild horses. I hope all of these horses are recovering. They need follow up care and forever homes.


  2. Here is the most beautiful display of what we as humans have inside of us , isnt this awesome …….. Genuine Display of Love !!!! I am humble at this !!!! omg How wonderful………


  3. And what about water. It is available where they can get to it? What about some feed. They need more than hay.


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