When farmer Jacintha Leatherby went to feed her horses on Sunday morning, she made a grim discovery.
At the dry Gulgong property, one of her four horses was lying on the ground, unable to get up.
The 11-year-old thoroughbred cross-stock horse named Thor was given pain relief and penicillin, but it soon became clear that Jacintha would have no choice but to put her beloved horse down.
“He was getting better but then he got worse and by 11.30 he was thrashing and having fits,” Jacintha told Yahoo7 yesterday.
The horse is believed to have died of a stroke or a heart attack, fuelled by the stress of New South Wales’ dire drought conditions.
Jacintha’s farm currently looks very dry, with very little grass – much like many properties in NSW at the moment.
Although her three other horses are coping better than Thor, Jacintha also has five sheep who are struggling with the tough conditions.
“They have hay but it isn’t the best quality because I can not afford to buy top quality hay,” she told Yahoo7.
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In a devastating post on Facebook page ‘One Day Closer to Rain (Drought)’, Jacintha shared a photo of Thor, writing “I made the decision to help him across the rainbow bridge”.