Our Equine C.A.R.E. (connect, assist, rescue, educate) Program focuses on horses in transition, helping them find new careers. We move horses from crisis into safe homes or rescue, provide re-homing services to horse owners who can no longer keep them, match horses with adopters, and make educational resources available to our equine community.
Equine C.A.R.E. is a member of The Right Horse Initiative – a collective of equine industry and welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition. We are located at Willow Hope Farm in Simpsonville KY, and are Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Certified.
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Restorative Horsemanship Program
The Kentucky Humane Society’s Equine C.A.R.E. (connect, assist, rescue, educate) program is proud to partner with Veteran’s Club, Inc. for an equine therapy program to benefit Service Members, Veterans and First Responders and the horses in KHS’ care. The program, called Restorative Horsemanship, helps participants heal through horsemanship, while simultaneously helping prepare KHS horses for adoption to loving homes.
The Restorative Horsemanship program is an expansion of Veteran’s Club, Inc.’s (Veteran’s Club) nationally recognized Equine Facilitated Mentoring Program that creates a safe and secure place for veterans and their families to work through PRSD, TBI and other life issues through equine-assisted mentoring and learning.
Service Members, Veterans and First Responders who participate in the Restorative Horsemanship program help train KHS horses at our Willow Hope Farm in Simpsonville, KY to address behavior issues and become more adoptable. KHS identifies horses who will benefit from training, and Veteran’s Club’s equine professionals work with participants to train the horses for everyone – both two and four-legged – to experience healing and increased resilience.
Willow Hope Farm
The Kentucky Humane Society’s Willow Hope Farm in Simpsonville KY is home to our Equine programs. The farm has 42 acres of pasture, 38 stalls, a quarantine barn, and an indoor arena for year-round riding and training for our adoptable horses.
The farm is named after Willow, an abandoned and extremely malnourished horse. Her will to survive inspired KHS to name their new barn in her honor.
“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 Equine Director.
Willow Hope Farm is a working farm and is open by appointment only. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins. Directions
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.