New law protects Kentucky’s stray horses

Stray horses will now be able to find new homes much faster now in Kentucky. So glad that horse advocates were able to get this law passed.

In other news – many of you have been writing, calling, messaging us with the same question “Did Willie’s video “The Love of Horses” win?”. The answer is – We do not know yet. Willie’s media folk will get a response from the People’s Telly Award hopefully sometime in the next 2 weeks. With the huge number of people who visited our Facebook page and website to learn more about Willie’s video and the People Telly’s Award, we certainly think he has a great chance of winning! We will let you know as soon as we find out anything.

Also our Spring Fundraiser is close to wrapping up. The Tennessee Walker Sweetheart now has the new name “Sweet Tea”. The Percheron Crossbred Beau met his goal today – we have contacted the winner, as soon as we hear back with his new name, we will let you know. And last, but not least is the Sweet Tempered Quarab Lady. She is the sweet mare who lost her baby due to neglect by her previous owner. She has just $101 to go to meet her goal. Then a random donor who gave at least $25 will be chosen to give her a new name to start her new and much better life with. Please support this grey Quarab girl and all our horses! Go to https://www.habitatforhorses.org/donate-now-2/ and choose Sweet Tempered Quarab Lady for the Spring Fundraiser when you make your donation. ~ HfH

From: The Courier Journal
By: Lori Redomon

Lori Redmon is president and CEO of the Kentucky Humane Society.

Lori Redmon is president and CEO of the Kentucky Humane Society.

Last week Gov. Steve Beshear held a ceremonial signing of a new law designed to protect stray and free-roaming horses. HB 312 — which reduces the hold period for stray equines from 90 to 15 days — will be a tremendous boost to those of us who are working to save these horses from dangerous situations.

I have seen first-hand the importance of this law, and I applaud Gov. Beshear and the Kentucky legislature for passing this common-sense solution.

I became aware of the need for change over two years ago, when I was invited by an Eastern Kentucky animal control officer to view the free-roaming horses in his county. On a reseeded mountain that had been leveled by strip mining was a herd grazing peacefully. But the officials needed help placing a different group of free-roaming horses that had gotten in the road and were a public safety risk.

All these were domestic horses, not wild ones, who had been turned out to survive on their own. Many were approachable, friendly horses that were easy to handle; some were owned and collected periodically for riding purposes; others had been abandoned by owners who have no intention of reclaiming them. Still others had been born on the mountain and had never been touched by humans.

While many of the horses were thriving, others were not. Some were starving, many mares were pregnant and still nursing last year’s foals, and others had medical issues related to the lack of veterinary, farrier and dental care. Left unattended, these problems are life-threatening.

With so many horses competing for limited resources, the situation has become unsustainable. Herds descend from the mountains when grass is scarce and reside along the roads where foraging is better. The horses pose a public safety risk for drivers as well as themselves.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
1 Comment
  • Gail Wiot

    I think this is wonderful. I am going to contact my Legislators to see if we could do something for our states lost or stray horses. Too many times they end up in the slaughter pipeline thru no fault of their own. Great job!

    April 18, 2015