According to a USA Today report, the population of free-roaming horses in Kentucky's eastern mountain region has reached unsettling levels. People have either been grazing horses or turning them loose on reclaimed surface mines in the Appalachians for years, but the practice has gone on for so long that the herds are producing their own foals in addition to the horses that continue to be dumped off in hard economic times.
In fact, the Kentucky Humane Society and Kentucky Horse Council say there are more horses than there is grazing land, causing hungry animals to wander into roadways or to die of starvation. Winter is an especially rough time for the wild herds, which the Humane Society estimates number “thousands” in a five-county area.
Horse care advocates in the state are backing a bill in the Kentucky legislature that would make it more economical for local rescues to re-home horses. The law currently states that a rescue must keep a stray horse 90 days before placing them up for adoption, but that is an expensive proposition for strapped facilities; the proposed bill would cut the time to 10 days.
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