wild and free roaming horses of Eastern Kentucky. Image courtesy of Kentucky Humane Society.

Wild horses in Eastern Kentucky face threats

by BILL ESTEP | Lexington Herald Leader | Kentucky.com

Horses have roamed free for decades on old surface mines in Eastern Kentucky, but with unchecked breeding and owners apparently turning out more mares and stallions in recent years, the population has increased to the point of concern, according to animal-welfare advocates.

The horses roam on mined, unfenced areas in several counties, including Knott, Breathitt, Leslie, Martin, Magoffin, Perry, Floyd, Harlan and Bell.

In surface mining, companies blast the tops or sides off mountains to uncover coal seams, then plant vegetation in reclaiming the sites. That has created tens of thousands of acres of relatively level land where horses can graze. Read more »

Featured image: Photo courtesy of Kentucky Humane Society

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