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But beyond the financial considerations, there are many reasons why you can help keep our Kentucky horse industry healthy and vibrant, and protect our horses in the way that the Horse Capital of the World should.


The importance and role of the horse in Kentucky

In today's world, Kentucky's horses represent not just a hobby, but also, for many, a business and a job. The reputation for excellence that Kentucky has built over time regarding our equine community is a tradition as much as a culture.  


Eastern Kentuckians have ridden their mountain horses through the hills for years as a reliable transportation and a trusted companion.  


During the Civil War, many horses were shipped to Kentucky from Virginia and other eastern states for protection in a lush verdant Bluegrass.


Horses carried pioneer nurses into the hollows of the coal country, delivering much needed medical care.


World-famous race horses such as Man O' War, War Admiral and Secretariat lived most of their lives in Kentucky under the expert care of Kentucky horsemen, veterinarians and farriers.  


Immigrants from England, Ireland and France traveled to Kentucky to work at Bluegrass farms surrounded by rolling green pastures.  


In the western part of the Commonwealth, horses have been depended on in history for plowing and crop care, for riding fence lines and transporting their owners further into the MidWest.


The Kentucky Horse Council, with the financial support of individual Kentuckians and corporate sponsors, works to ensure that our industry, both from a business standpoint and a cultural viewpoint, is kept strong, healthy and vibrant.

  • Your financial support allows the Council to provide care for neglected horses or those which are relinquished due to life changes for its owner.
  • This support allows the Council to educate youth and adults about proper care for a horse including feeding, disease control, pasture control, and farm management.
  • It also supports the protection of horse trails on federal, state and county property, and teaches horsemen to properly build and maintain those trails.
  • It helps the Council host opportunities for those people who might never own a horse, to experience horses up close and to learn about ways to be involved with horses without owning one.
  • It ensures that the Council can monitor legislation for its impact on the horse community, and work to support beneficial legislation while opposing harmful legislation.
  • Your support enables the Council to promote safe, well-managed boarding and training facilities, and equine event venues.



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