Kentucky Equine Humane Center Opens Doors


The KyEHC celebrated it's grand openingOwners who can no longer care for their horses can now turn to the newly opened Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) for assistance. The KyEHC, which is located on a 50-acre horse farm just outside of Lexington, Ky., will take in any horse, regardless of breed or discipline, and will place adoptable horses in loving homes.

“This is an opportunity for all of us to do the right thing and play a role in ensuring the welfare and humane treatment of horses here in Kentucky, the Horse Capital of the World,” says Staci Hancock, the organization’s president.

KyEHC is a first-of-its-kind facility, established with the specific goal of providing owners with a humane option when they need to give up their horses.  No horse in a precarious situation will ever be turned away. Horses which are unadoptable due to chronic pain or permanent, crippling injuries will be humanely euthanized. 

 “A tremendous responsibility comes along with the privileges of being the Horse Capital of the World, so our industry and state need to make certain we are setting the highest possible example when it comes to equine welfare,” says John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “Unfortunately, there is a vast, urgent need for shelters that will take all breeds of horses. The Kentucky Horse Park is contacted on a regular basis by people who are desperate to find a safe place for horses who are in a vulnerable situation.  We are very happy that the Kentucky Equine Humane Center will ease suffering by meeting some of those needs.”

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  1. Although it is very sad that a place like this is even needed, I am so happy to hear that it does. I will be sure to check them out and possibly use their services when I am ready to purchase my first horse.

  2. i don’t like the idea that we need a place like this but i think its a great place for unwanted horses or for horses that their owners can’t take care of them any more.

  3. I think that this is the best news ever. Thats just what we needed around here that way these horses don’t go to a slaughter house. So I just hope that there are others that are reading this and taking notes. If you can’t take care of your horse contact these people and let them help your horse. I hope that this place stays opened I am so happy that finally we can have something like this is the state of KY..


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