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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.

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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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