UPDATE: Recovering Strip Mine Horses Named

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – After 20 horses were found shot to death at an Eastern Kentucky strip mine site, some are recovering at the Kentucky Humane Society. While authorities continue to search for who killed the other horses, a mare and her colt are doing well at the Kentucky Humane Society Equine CARE’s stable in Simpsonville. They announced new names for the two on Sunday, Hope for the mare and Knox for her colt.

A veterinarian visited the mare for an ultrasound on Friday, and found the foal to be an estimated 6-7 months along. 

Dr. Bridget Mason checked the mare’s teeth, eyes, and ears, and announced her best guess that she’s 12-15 years old. Mason monitored the ultrasound, searching for the baby in the horse’s large stomach; she believes the mare’s stomach could be large from having many babies over time. At last, she found an eye socket, umbilical cord, and amniotic fluid she could recognize on screen. 

“So, she’s just a little bit on the thin side on her body scale, but not very bad and pretty in line with a mare that’s got an older foal that she’s been nursing,” Mason said. 

The mare and her colt both came from the site at the Floyd-Pike county line, where other free-roaming horses had been found shot and killed. There are still three other surviving horses that the humane society is working to rescue from the site. The veterinarian explains, it’s common for horse owners to abandon their horses in places like these, to roam freely when the owners can no longer care for them. She calls this latest situation “heartbreaking.”

The humane society hopes someone can be brought to justice, and has helped the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office put up a reward for information that leads to an arrest. 

“It’s critical that they’re brought to justice- or else, if they can get away with this, what else are they gonna do to other animals?” asks Humane Society President Lori Redmon.