Kentucky Facility Needs Help Getting Horses Adopted

A central Kentucky facility that helps save abandoned horses is in need of some help itself.

Officials at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, in Jessamine County, say it's filled to capacity, just months after opening.

"We've seen the numbers increase significantly since Christmas," Kentucky Equine Humane Center Director Lori Neagle said. "I think its due to the drought this past summer and lack of hay as well as the horse market in general."

The hay is more expensive now, costing $7 a bale compared to $3.50 last year.

Right now, the center houses 45 horses, just 10 months after opening. The number of horses being dropped off there continues to rise.

"The last couple weeks we have received several calls from people needing a place for horses to go, and some calls from people with 30 to 50 head of horses to donate," Neagle said.

So far, no horses have been euthanized at the facility. But Neagle says that may be necessary if more horses are brought in, and if the animals already at the facility are not adopted.

The Kentucky Equine Humane Center is the only center of its kind in Kentucky. It's being operated by a small number of volunteers. Officials there say they're also looking for donations to help out.

If you'd like to learn more about the center, or if you'd like to find out how you can adopt a horse there, just click on the link below.

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  • by Lou Anne Location: DC on Jan 23, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    You can buy a horse for next to nothing now. But to feed a 1,400 pound animal a bale of hay and oats every day, plus medical, stable, pasture, grooming, and transportation costs to visit the animal once or twice a day can get very expensive -- $2,500 per year assuming your horse doesn't get sick. In addition, horses have a long life - sometimes up to 40 years, so let's hope you don't have any financial or personal emergencies to take you away from caring for your horse. For the euthanization and buriel, you need to get a vehicle the size of a crane to move the horse and take into account those expenses, plus the environmental costs of putting a horse carcass in our earth. What is worse, those who can't afford to care for their horse and abandon them to pasture or to a crowded rescue facility, or those who decide to send their horse to a slaughter house and feed people in Asia and Europe? lots of middle class and the poor eat horsemeat.
  • by Rocky Location: Carter county on Jan 22, 2008 at 03:16 PM
    This comment is for Steve. I have been purchasing hay from Wisconsin and selling here in Ky. I have to pay from $130 nt to $160 nt for the hay. Then I have to pay $1200 for freight on one load of hay. So by the time it arrives at my farm it is costing me approx. $184 nt to $214 nt. So in turn I have approx. $4100 to $5500 tied up in one load of hay. I think the people that need to be investigated is the oil companies and president Bush for the cost of fuel. The people that bale this hay has approx. $250,000 tied up in equipment before they bale the first bale of hay. And then they have to buy the outrageous fuel to run this equipment. I have kept and traded horses all my life but recently have changed over to cattl because the good old US Govt. decided to do away with the horse slaughter market. Therefore making a horse not worth feeding. At least with cattle I can eat them. So if you want anyone investigated I am very easy to find in carter county Ky. I sell hay most everyday !
  • by skylark on Jan 22, 2008 at 01:54 PM
    to the comment about scalping on hay, farmers get scrrewed enough on their products, why not make a few dollars off people who didn't listen to drought warnings and waited until last week to figure out they didn't have hay for their livestock. Try geldiong some of the stallions or stop breeding the mares. As for plywood...after Katrina, the price of plywood jumped to 2-3x the norm, check lumber prices before you speak.Nobody gave me any break on that either.
  • by DGuf Location: Lancaster, KY on Jan 22, 2008 at 01:13 PM
    From the looks of the downloaded application you need to be approved. Since the facility is overcrowded one would think they would be happy for the horses to find a good home and not charge the families/farms for adoption.
  • by Brenda Location: Paintsville, KY on Jan 22, 2008 at 08:26 AM
    I myself to wonder how much it would cost to adopt a couiple of horses. We have a 18 acre pasture and a barm with 3 horses already but I wouldn't mind taking ona few more.
  • by Pro-slaughter Location: KY on Jan 22, 2008 at 05:57 AM
    The last time I checked the adoption fee from a rescue in KY was $450. Horses that won't bring near that in private or public sale. Without the guaranteed pound price of a slaughter market, a seller might owe the sale barn in some cases. If the rescue truly cares about the horses, they'll start giving them to anyone that will feed them and not try to recoup their feed bill. If we all tried to get back our feed bill, we'd never sell a horse.
  • by Steve Location: KY, on Jan 22, 2008 at 04:04 AM
    The prices people are charging for hay is robbery. A drought is a natural disaster. There are laws saying you cannot take advantage of people during a natural disaster. When people are asking 4 times as much for hay as last year, they are robbing people, and should be prosecuted! You can't do that with plywood or lumber after a hurricane or a tornado. If you try you will be prosecuted. What is the difference? Lets hear some comments about this. Why aren't these hay gouger's prosecuted?
  • by Rocky Location: Carter County on Jan 22, 2008 at 03:17 AM
    Everyone says it is in-humane to have a killer market in the horse industry. I think now that everyone is learning what in-humane is. People are turning horses out on the roads and other places because they cant afford to feed them. If the animal lovers want to abloish all of the killer markets , then let them keep and feed all of the donated horses. I am sure their mind would change if they had to keep and feed 20 or 30 head of horses. As for myself, I would rather shoot and animal than to let it be hungry. I say that we need to bring the killer market back as it would help everyone in my opinion. That way you could at least get some money out of a horse and people would not be so anxious to turn them out on the roads.
  • by Joe Location: Wyoming on Jan 21, 2008 at 10:43 PM
    Hearing the news report I wondered why these horses weren't sent to Bluegrass Stockyards to be purchased for dog food or glue. What is wrong with people that they would spend hard earned money on such a futile adventure?
  • by candy Location: kentucky on Jan 21, 2008 at 04:31 PM
    i'd like to know how much it cost to adopt a horse or two ?


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