Horse Rescue Forced To Move

By: Jermont Terry Email
By: Jermont Terry Email

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital recently became owners of 26 acres in Stamping Ground.

For the past three years, Gary Hurd has operated a horse rescue and adoption farm on the land. Many of the horses need surgery and are brought to the rescue service because their owners don't want them.
Hurd nurses them back to health.

Last week, he got a letter from the hospital telling him he and the 42 horses had 30-days to move.

"The concern is that I have to find a place to take the horses and place with enough land," says Hurd. "I don't get any help from nobody I just love animals," Hurd said.

Cardinal Hill did release this statement saying..

"The original owner willed the property to Cardinal Hill. The intent is to sell the property to provide funds for services for children and adults with catastrophic conditions.

The horse rescue program was already in operation when the property was willed to Cardinal Hill. The current occupant was given a month to vacant. The property in its current condition is not suitable for the number of horses currently there."

Hurd says 30 days just isn't long enough. If you'd like to help Gary Hurd you can call Horse Rescue and Adoption at 859-259-9231 or 859-421-4420.

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  • by Meredith Location: Georgetown, KY on Jul 15, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    I have been to Gary Hurd's property to adopt a horse. I do not know him well, but he takes care of those horses by himself with very little donations. Horses that normally would be put down, whose only hope is to become a stable mate. No, the situation he had is not ideal. But I saw no starving horses, none that appeared in pain, and none that appeared ill. I did not adopt because I needed a horse that would be easy to ride, obviously Gary doesn't have the time to train all of those horses. If someone would like to help Gary take on some of the financial and enormous physical responsiblity, please step forward. Otherwise, keep your judgmental opinions to yourself. Oh, and you might actually have wanted to visit the place before making such uninformed post.
  • by Lauren Location: Louisville, KY on Jul 3, 2007 at 02:07 PM
    That is horrible. I heard about this through They recieved a few horses from him. I agree he probably does need help, but that help shouldn't include him retaining any of those animals.
  • by Elise Location: NY on Jun 6, 2007 at 07:47 PM
    I am going to politely tell you that your article is ridiculous. Look at this horse in your picture. From however far away it was taken from, you can see the rainrot on its back. Rainrot is a fungal growth that grows on the hair and skin of horses that have not been given shelter from the rain and snow of the winter. Gary Hurd is apparently not running a horse rescue and does not need help. Gary Hurd's horses that he is "rescuing" need help. All of them look like they are starving to death and this Gary Hurd fellow should be in prison. Everybody say it with me. ANIMAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2007 at 10:23 AM
    WOW!!!! He needs more and less horses. Needs to get the stallions gelded. That is not good for horses at all. That pony in the picture looks in pretty bad shape he needs to do something!!! FAST
  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2007 at 03:40 AM
    I think that if he wants a rescue than he get more land as fast as he can. The horses are not in good shape when they are turned out together.He needs shelter and to get a vet out to his place.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2007 at 04:46 AM


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