Kentucky Equine Humane Center
In August 2014 the Center took in 7 mares from a large Thoroughbred abandonment case north of Lexington. The ASPCA provided the Center with a generous grant to care for these horses. All of the mares came in because they had been neglected and abandoned in a field by their owner. After an initial evaluation by a veterinarian we started a re-feeding program to help them gain weight and improve their overall health. The have each had regular farrier care to correct their hooves which were overgrown, and cracking. Out of the 7 who arrived at the Center, several were in extremely poor condition due to lack of care.
One mare named Jazz Combo, came in with her three day old foal who was named Rhythm and Grace by our Facebook Fans. Upon arrival, Jazz Combo was in a very compromised condition. She also was very prone to an infection from having to deliver her filly in such a state of distress. Our veterinarian had to place her under immediate care, and she was monitored closely. Rhythm and Grace, who had a very low heart rate, and was very thin, was also placed under medical care and had to be given supplemental formula because her mother had such low nutrients in her milk. We are happy to report that Jazz Combo and Rhythm are both doing very well! They are healthy, happy and look great.
Godiva, another mare who came in with a low body score and badly cracked hooves, had to have major farrier work and a nutritional evaluation and plan set in place to increase her weight. After months of slow recovery, Godiva’s feet are healed and she has reached a healthy weight. The funds from the ASPCA grant were specifically used to pay for the special farrier care and extra feed that she required.
There were two other mares with notable issues as well. One mare, Jersey Lilly, had a tooth abscess which required detailed care. Another mare, Loudoun County, had a sharp hook on her tooth which was causing her pain and making it difficult to eat. The tooth has since been filed down and the issue has been corrected.
Thanks to the generous support from the ASPCA, these mares were able to be rescued and able to receive the care and time they needed to recover. Now that they are healthy, they have begun retraining under saddle and are well on their way to being ready for adoption
In early February, the Kentucky Equine Humane Center received a call about a pony that was spotted by a hunter in a wooded area of Eastern Kentucky with an apparent injury. A wonderful volunteer found the pony and then led him for over a mile and a half back to his truck, and brought him to the vet. Upon arrival at the vet, it was discovered that the little pony had been shot by a broad tipped arrow, which had narrowly missed his spine. Emergency surgery was performed to successfully remove the arrow head. During recovery at the vet clinic, the little pony was kept in a large dog kennel. Soon after surgery, on February 13, he was delivered to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center. The caring staff at the KyEHC appropriately named the amazing little pony “Cupid”. Karen Gustin, Executive Director of the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, said: “Cupid arrived at KyEHC just in time for Valentine’s Day and immediately captured our hearts. Who knows how long he had been wandering around with an arrow tip embedded in him! Other than that injury, he is healthy and we expect a smooth recovery. He is a strong little guy.” Cupid is now enjoying life at the Center, where his wound is cleaned daily by our loving staff. Once he is completely healed, he will be up for adoption.
The Kentucky Equine Humane Center is a place where all equines, including little ponies like Cupid, can go through rehabilitation and retraining while they await their adoptive, forever homes. We are only able to care for these animals because of the generosity of others. As a non-profit we rely completely on donations for all of our funding.
October 24, 2014The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Kentucky Equine Humane Center as of October 2, 2014.Verification means that Kentucky Equine Humane Center meets the criteria of a true equine sanctuary/rescue and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and they must also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles.“Located on 72 acres of rolling Kentucky grasslands, KyEHC provides one of the few all-breed equine rescues in this area known for its Thoroughbred racing industry,” said Daryl Tropea, GFAS Senior Deputy Director. “Regardless of breed, KyEHC gives horses that are surrendered by owners or animal law enforcement the chance to find a new home and a new beginning. The hallmark of this organization is its rehabilitation and training program. Because often, so little is known about the history of these horses, each horse receives a comprehensive evaluation to determine their strengths, skills and preferences. This individualized training program is the key to KyEHC’s highly successful adoption program.”“The Kentucky Equine Humane Center is thrilled to be verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, an international organization that promotes standards of excellence in the humane treatment and care of animals,” stated KyEHC Executive Director, Karen Gustin. “We have found that while we are helping horses first, we are often helping people as well who are going through difficult transitions in their lives. Consider the case, for example, of Storm Siren, above, a young Thoroughbred whose owner was no longer able to financially care for her. Storm Siren came to the Center with a very difficult laceration on her hind leg which took months and months to treat. She is now healed and ready for adoption.”Tropea added, “We are always encouraged by organizations that complete the verification process but express interest in becoming Accredited. We look forward to receiving KyEHC’ s application for accreditation in the near future.”The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®.About Global Federation of Animal SanctuariesGlobal Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the ASPCA, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org.