The KyEHC Helps Horses Off the Track


Thoroughbred grazing at the KyEHCKentucky is the heart of Thoroughbred racing in the United States, and the Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC), located in Lexington, Ky., takes in many horses from the states’ tracks.

The Center has a stall at each racetrack to house horses until they can be transported to the KyEHC facility.  “If people can’t keep their racehorses or don’t want them anymore, we have surrender stalls where they can drop [a horse] off, and our paperwork is in the racing secretary’s office,” explains director Lori Neagle.  KyEHC volunteers at the tracks care for the horses until they can be moved. 

Ex-racehorses are often featured as KyEHC Horses of the Week, including Magnify, Lotawana, and Gator.

Read more about how retired Thoroughbred racehorses are receiving financial help with the Checkoff Program and the Pony Up Program.

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Kim Abbott Klimek first got involved with horses as a junior in high school, then went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in equine studies with a concentration in communications from Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J., in 2005. After college, Kim worked for model horse company Breyer Animal Creations, writing copy for products and helping to write and edit for Just About Horses magazine. In the fall of 2007, she joined the Horse Illustrated team.


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