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.
Our Equine C.A.R.E. (connect, assist, rescue, educate) Program is here to help. We focus on horses in transition, helping them find new careers. 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.
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.
“Horses Welcome” Initiative Helps Owners Rehome Their Horses
Do you need to rehome your horse and want help? The Kentucky Humane Society equine experts can help you attract the best price for your horse – helping ensure your horse goes to a great new home. Learn more
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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 President & CEO.
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.