Thieves steal hay from nonprofit therapy riding center

7:06 PM, Feb 8, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER - With a severe hay shortage driving the price of hay in Colorado through the roof, someone has stolen approximately 80 bales of hay from Rocky Mountain Riding Therapy. The hay is valued at approximately $1,200.

"Losing what we've lost and not knowing what the winter is going to bring from now on, I just don't know if we have enough hay," Carrie Kass, a volunteer barn manager for the organization, said.

Rocky Mountain Riding Therapy is a nonprofit organization that has been providing horse assisted therapy for the past twenty years. They work with children and adults of all ages with a variety of physical and emotional disabilities.

The hay was stolen from a barn on the property. The theft was discovered by Kass.

"You don't want to believe it is true, and so I called the facilities manager and the caretaker and [asked] them to come out ... so it was devastating," Kass said.

The organization owns 11 horses they use for the therapy sessions. The hay that was stolen was intended to get those horses through the remainder of the winter until grasses in the pastures begins to grow.

"But again, time will tell if we have enough hay to get by," Kass said.

Anyone with information about the hay theft from Rocky Mountain Riding Therapy is asked to contact the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. For more information about Rocky Mountain Riding Therapy, you can visit their website at:

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