‘Unwanted’ Horses Focus of July KENA Meeting

At the next KENA dinner meeting (July 19) a panel of experts will provide insight into the blight of Kentucky

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Four years ago a myriad of events led to an increase in so-called unwanted horses. "Unwanted horse" is a loose term that defines every horse that does not have a purpose, including horses that are owned and cared for but are actually unwanted, those whose owners are neglectful, and abandoned horses.

Reports of abandoned horses running loose on strip mines and in communities found their way into popular press and the internet. Likewise, images of emaciated horses have been top news stories in Kentucky and around the country. Is the situation as bad as some portray? How do you separate the myth from reality? Is there really anything that can be done? How do the incidents of unwanted horses affect the average horse owner?

At the next Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner meeting scheduled for July 19, a panel of experts will provide insight into the blight of Kentucky’s unwanted horses. Presenters include Bob Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian; David Fugate, DVM, of the West Liberty Veterinary Clinic; Lori Neagle of the Kentucky Equine Humane Center; and Earl Hatter of the Kentucky Animal Care and Control Association.

"The Kentucky Horse Council (KCH) has worked extensively with the Department of Agriculture, veterinary medical association, equine rescues, and animal control agencies to develop programs that address the needs of unwanted horses," explained Anna Zinkhon, KHC president. "Through coordinated efforts, we have learned a great deal about the extent of the problem and the challenges in finding workable solutions. Unwanted horses aren’t someone else’s problem–they are a concern for all facets of the Kentucky equine community

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