Helping Kentucky’s Horses in Transition
Nothing defines the culture of Kentucky better than the state’s passion for horses. One visit to Kentucky’s horse country complete with lush rolling hills of bluegrass, beautiful barns and peacefully grazing horses and it’s easy to see why we are internationally known as the Horse Capital of the World.
Despite our state’s love of horses, there are many equines in crisis throughout Kentucky. Horse rescues are often full, funding is limited for county shelters to house equines, laws are antiquated, and education about responsible horse care is lacking in many circumstances. This scenario often leaves horses in tragic and helpless situations and has even resulted in a free-roaming population of domestic horses in parts of our state.
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KHS Takes in Three Survivors from Herd Killed in Eastern Kentucky
Late Dec 28, 2019, the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) received a pregnant mare and her yearling colt from the same herd where 20 horses were found shot dead on a strip mine near the Pike and Floyd County line on Dec. 17. And in January, KHS received a third horse survivor from this herd.
The three survivors are recovering at the Kentucky Humane Society’s Willow Hope Farm in Simpsonville KY. The mare is very thin and has been placed on a special feeding regimen. Both horses are being assessed medically and behaviorally to determine what resources they will need as they recover. Learn more
Want to help? Donations to care for these and other at-risk horses are gratefully accepted.
KHS Equine Donors Offer Reward for Info about 20 Horses Shot in Eastern Kentucky
December 19, 2019: The Kentucky Humane Society is joining other animal welfare groups in asking the public for help finding the people responsible for killing 20 horses in Eastern Kentucky.
The horses – including pregnant mares and foals – were found shot dead on a strip mine on the Pike and Floyd County line Dec. 17. Local authorities believe the horses were hunted down and shot with a low-caliber rifle.
In October KHS took in an extremely emaciated horse from this same herd. Willow, as KHS named her, is recovering at Willow Hope Farm in Simpsonville, KHS’ new equine farm. The farm was named in her honor.
Local residents in the area, along with various animal groups including KHS, are offering rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/s responsible. KHS Equine donors have contributed $2,500 toward the reward amount of $20,000 and rising to aid in solving this violent crime.
If you have any information, please contact the Floyd County Sheriff with information, 606-886-6711. See WYMT story on the shooting
KHS Dedicates Willow Hope Farm as New Home for Equine Program
The Kentucky Humane Society’s Equine Program has a new home. On Thursday, October 24, 2019, KHS dedicated Willow Hope Farm in Simpsonville. The farm is named after Willow, a recently found abandoned and extremely malnourished horse. Her will to survive inspired KHS to name their new barn in her honor.
Until recently, KHS boarded horses at leased barns and foster homes. In 2019 KHS purchased two farms in Simpsonville, which collectively have been named Willow Hope Farm. The equine facility includes over 42 acres of pasture, 38 stalls, a quarantine barn, and an indoor arena for year-round riding and training.
“We chose the name Willow Hope Farm because of the willow tree’s ability to survive and even thrive despite harsh conditions. Willow trees show us that even through great challenges, we have the ability to grow – an apt metaphor for horses in transition,” said Lori Redmon, KHS President & CEO.
At the dedication ceremony, Redmon and longtime KHS board member and supporter Patti Swope planted a willow tree at the entrance to the farm.
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Certified
In June 2019, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) – the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries – awarded Accredited status to the Kentucky Humane Society Equine C.A.R.E. Program. Accreditation signifies that our program meets GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine care standards which are confirmed by a comprehensive site visit. Accreditation also signifies adherence to standards addressing the sustainability of the organization, ethical principles, finances, staffing, education outreach, security and safety and other operational aspects. More about GFAS accreditation
The Right Horse
As a partner in The Right Horse Initiative, we’re proud to support a national movement reframing the conversation about equine adoption. Kentucky Humane Society Equine C.A.R.E is working with The Right Horse Initiative to promote equine adoption as well as the bond between horses and humans. We are good people for good horses, and everyone who loves horses has ownership in this movement. To learn more about The Right Horse Initiative, visit righthorse.org.