Four of the horses seized at a Johns Island farm are on the mend at a nonprofit group's stables in Meggett, but they are just starting their journey back to health, the agency's director said today.

For the next two weeks, the malnourished horses will receive hay and high-quality feed to build up their systems so they can be treated for worms and then vaccinated.

The Livestock and Equine Awareness and Rescue Network spent $600 on feed for the horses today. The group's director, Elizabeth Steed, estimated it will take about $1,800 per horse to return them to health.

Six horses described as emaciated were taken from Kennerleigh Farm at 3288 Plow Ground Road on Friday after Charleston County sheriff's investigators entered the 65-acre property armed with a search warrant.

Two other horses seized Friday were placed in foster care, Steed said.

No one has been charged, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The College of Charleston has riding classes at Kennerleigh Farm. For fall semester, which begins Tuesday, 88 students are registered for horsemanship instruction at the farm, said Mike Robertson, the college senior director of media relations.

In 2009, the college signed a five-year contract with Kennerleigh Farm for the horsemanship classes, he said. The college had no further statement today on its relationship with the farm.

A horse custody hearing is set for 2 p.m. Thursday in Ravenel before Magistrate Mary Holmes, sheriff's spokesman Maj. John Clark said. There were 30 horses at the farm when investigators arrived to check on their condition. Rebecca Howsley owns 22 of the horses and the remaining eight horses are boarded, officials said.

The Sheriff's Office is monitoring the condition of the remaining 24 horses at the farm to ensure that they are receiving proper care, he said.

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