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.
Equine C.A.R.E. (Connect, Assist, Rescue, Educate)
Our Equine C.A.R.E. (connect, assist, rescue, educate) Program focuses on horses in transition, helping them find new careers and forever homes. Equine C.A.R.E. priorities include moving horses from crisis into safe homes or rescue, providing re-homing services to horse owners who can no longer keep them, matching available horses with adopters, and making educational tools and resources available to our equine community. Our Equine Program has found new homes and careers for more than 300 horses over the last five years.
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 horses. 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.
Trouble Keeping Your Horse? Call our Horse Help Line
Are you facing a crisis that is making it difficult to keep your horse? Call our new Horse Help Line, 502-495-3881, for help, or email [email protected]. KHS is working with the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) and the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian to identify and assist horses whose owners struggle to provide care or who are at risk of surrender.
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 the righthorse.org.