Kentucky horse owners experiencing a recent job loss may be eligible for assistance through the Kentucky Horse Council’s (KHC) Equine Safety Net program.
“There are many responsible horse owners suffering hardships because of the economy and sudden changes in employment status,” reflected KHC Board President, Madelyn Millard. “Equine Safety Net can provide a month of feed for horses whose owners are affected, allowing the individual an opportunity to get back on their feet or make other long term arrangements for their horse’s care.”
Started in April 2007, Equine Safety Net provides feed for horses owned by individuals who have recently lost a job or suffered an injury which prevents them from working. KHC provides hay and grain for up to two horses for thirty days for approved applicants. Kentucky horse owners applying for Equine Safety Net provide documentation of the change in work status or injury and proof of responsible horse management practices including veterinarian and feed receipts.
All Equine Safety Net applications are carefully reviewed and handled on a case-by-case basis. KHC also works with horse owners to identify alternative options if they do do not qualify for this program.
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