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Emaciated horse comes to Equine Humane Center

By Cody Ryan

An emaciated Tennessee walking horse, Klaire, has been saved by Park Equine Hospital in Versailles and was released Wednesday morning to continue her recovery at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center in Jessamine County.

In honor of Klaire, her five stablemates, and horses the center rehabilitates the Hoofbeats Concert benefitting the Kentucky Equine Humane Center will be 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Thoroughbred Center Pavilion, located at 3380 Paris Pike.

The event will feature artist Brandon Ray with special guests Dustin Collins and Abby Anderson.

“We are so grateful for the round-the-clock care Park Equine was able to provide to bring Klaire to this point,” said Executive Director Karen Gustin. “We have many horses that require long-term care, but our mission is adoption for all, no matter how long it takes.

“That’s why the concert is so important, because it will help us provide these horses with rehabilitation, ongoing training and the keys to finding them their forever homes.”

The mare was received by the Kentucky Equine Humane Center from the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter in Perry County as part of a severe neglect case involving six horses.

Rescued in mid-September, the center reports the other five horses in the case were able to come directly to the center in Jessamine County where they have been undergoing rehabilitation. The center also said there will be months of recovery for all horses involved.

A well-bred show horse, the mare the center has named Klaire was too weak to stand from starvation and for weeks had to be lifted by a large animal sling in the hospital, according to a statement released by the center.

She developed deep bed sores from laying down so much. She was emaciated an had an infection in her one of her sores.

The center released a statement emphasizing there is no guaranteed outcome for Klaire, but it is optimistic about her future and is committed to getting her healthy and strong again.

For more information on Hoofbeats Concert tickets, or to follow the progress of these horses, please visit www.kyehc.org