LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — Lexington police are trying to find who’s responsible for the shooting of a horse near the Fayette-Jessamine County line off Tates Creek Road.
A surgeon taking care of the horse tells WKYT the shooting happened in the very early morning hours of Monday. That’s when she was called for a horse with blood around his face.
The bullet nearly shattered the horse’s jaw bone.
“If the bullet had been, say, four inches higher she would not be alive at this time,” Dr. Liz Barrett said. “So it basically entered through the front of her nose and came out the back just behind her jaw.”
The horse is now being cared for at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute by Barrett and her team.
Animal rescue workers have saved a pregnant mare and her colt from an abandoned strip mine site in eastern Kentucky where 20 horses were recently found fatally shot over a period of six days. The two rescued horses have been taken to a local equine humane society.The two horses were rescued Friday night by Dumas Rescue and law enforcement. Lori Redmon, the humane society’s president and CEO, told The Associated Press the colt is doing fine but the mare is thin and stressed.
“She was sweating and her breathing was labored, so our primary concern was getting her stabilized and relaxed,” she said. “She is heavy in foal and we didn’t want her to go into premature labor due to stress.”
The fatally shot horses were found along U.S. 23 near the border between Pike and Floyd counties in eastern Kentucky. Of the 20 horses found dead [ ], two were pregnant and five belonged to nearby residents. The others are believed to have been wild horses that frequented the abandoned strip mine. Law enforcement believes they were hunted with a low-caliber rifle.
“This is very inhumane and it’s a very cruel act of somebody who just apparently had nothing else to do, or whatever. Just to go back on a strip job and shoot down horses who were, one of them obviously was feeding, had grass in its mouth,” Sheriff John Hunt said. “It looked like a battlefield for just horses.”
Officials are currently offering a reward of over $20,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for killing the horses.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) passed a ban Monday on the race-day administration of the drug Lasix in horses. The ban takes effect in 2020 for all 2-year-old horses and in 2021 any horse in a stakes race cannot receive the drug the day of the competition.
The newly approved medication reforms were backed by a number of industry stakeholders nationwide with an eye toward bolstering safety in the sport.
The move came two weeks after the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council approved the Lasix recommendation
The calls for the ban come after more than three dozen horses perished at Santa Anita over a 10-month span. While there have been concerned about track conditions at the California track, it’s also led to a discussion among racing officials bout other steps that could be taken to prevent injuries and fatalities.
Last month, Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc., TSG [The Stronach Group], the New York Racing Association, and others announced the formation of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition. The purpose behind the coalition is to increase transparency and create a unified set of regulations, such as the drug laws passed Monday by the KHRC.
“Today, the KY Horse Racing Commission adopted new medication reforms, including ones that double the pre-race withdrawal time for corticosteroids & NSAIDS and eliminate the use of bisphosphonates,” Lexington, Ky-based Keeneland Association, another coalition member, posted on Twitter Monday.” We applaud these efforts & will continue work to make our sport safer.”
It sounds encouraging doesn’t it? We want to feel encouraged. However, American horse racing is running scared. They should be. Yet, they would not be doing any of this if Santa Anita had not killed all those horses for God and everyone to see culminating in the death of Mongolian Groom on the final day of the Breeders’ Cup.
So horse racing will pledge all sorts of changes and reforms but the carnage will continue. It will continue. Because we know what really needs to be done. And if we know it, they know it. Horse racing’s problems begin in the shed. Its breeding practices have brought them to these gut-wrenchingly deadly times. And where in America would they know this better than in Kentucky?
FEATURED IMAGE: Mongolian Groom (Sports Illustrated)
WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) — For the month of July, weather director Chris Allen has been working to predict temps within three degrees, and then Service One Credit Union will donate to a particular charity for each accurate day.
Karen Thurman cares for 48 rescued horses at her nonprofit farm, Rainhill Equine Facility. Rainhill Equine Facility will benefit from July’s fundraising efforts.
“I’m one of the few rescues in the United States that even takes blind horses,” said Karen Thurman, founder of Rainhill Equine Facility.
Thurman has been running the horse sanctuary in Warren County since 2001.
The nonprofit, located on a 185 acre farm, currently cares for 48 horses, all with different stories of what led up to their arrival. Horses from all over the country now find their home there.
Over 30 years ago, the farm had first housed a riding facility, eventually then taking care of old race horses.
She started getting calls to rescue blind horses. Today, out of the dozens of horses she cares for, 34 of them are completely blind.
“Well, you can’t even tell, can you? They have friends, they have stuff that they do. They know where their food is. They have a regular life; nobody would ever know except for maybe a little run-in with the fence occasionally,” said Thurman.
The money from the 3 Degree Guarantee will be going towards a new barn, whose plans are in the works.
“It’s a hard job. You don’t do this because it’s fun,” said Thurman. “You do this because God has put something in your heart and told you to do it.”
The check will be presented to Thurman on AMKY on WBKO-ABC August 2.
Our wonderful local feed store has generously set up an account for us so that anyone wanting to donate items can call and purchase things over the phone; they hold the items for us. Anything helps out! Monday through Saturday, call:
640 Plum Springs Loop
Bowling Green, Ky, 42101
Here’s a video Ms Thurman posted in 2016 which will give you further insight into the work of this amazing, loving woman.
Let’s make this an extra Feel Good Friday by helping this dedicated lady and the horses who have sanctuary there.