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A herd of Nokota horses browse on a pasture on the Missouri River near Linton in 2006.

Low donations, high hay prices threaten Nokota horse

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LINTON -- High hay prices caused by a prolonged drought and a sharp drop in donations have combined to threaten breeding herds for the Nokota horse, named the official state equine.

Representatives of the nonprofit Nokota Horse Conservancy said scarce hay supplies mean the herd kept for maintaining the horse's unique bloodlines is threatened.

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