Neglected and malnourished horses are a significant and growing problem in parts of the West as the recession's effects linger and hay hovers at $200 a ton. Authorities in Twin Falls, Idaho, have seized 12 horses in neglect and abuse cases so far this year, compared with three last year and two in 2011. Veterinarians provide guidance and care for animals until their futures can be determined, but lack of resources and the financial strain of owning horses pose significant challenges to caring for and placing the animals.

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