The non-profit group has 44 horses on site right now, and five of them in particular are being treated for severe injuries and complications.
Executive Director Karen Gustin says, "Right now, we have a high number of horses on stall rest which are requiring a lot of daily care and attention. This attention requires hours of daily work by dedicated staff and volunteers who work diligently to make sure these horses get the best care possible."
And that care from staff includes packing injuries and wrapping legs, cleaning wounds, cleaning stalls, taking temperatures, and hand grazing.
One of the horses being nursed back to health is Shirley’s Bay Girl, aka “Shirley”.
The thoroughbred was surrendered to the center after she was injured on the track.
When she arrived, staff found that there were several bone chips in her front knee that later required surgery to remove.
There’s also a 7-year-old thoroughbred named Stack Bali, aka “Coors”.
Staff say his owner surrendered him because the owner could no longer care for Coors.
He arrived underweight, and it was later discovered that he had a serious infection in his knee.
Guston says, "We have someone who really wants to adopt Coors, and is waiting until his infection clears up. He is a wonderful horse and will go to a great home. Now we just have to wait and make sure he recovers well."
She also added, “Right now, more than ever, we are in need of financial donations to take care of Shirley and Coors, and the other horses currently in our “hospital”. We spend hours every day taking care of just these 5, and then have 39 others that need to be taken care of as well. We could really use the public’s help financially.”
You can also go to the Center’s Facebook page.
Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 910125, Lexington, KY 40591.