The Kentucky Horse Park is home to many beautiful and unique horses. Our horses perform in our shows and greet our guests, and they are true ambassadors for the park, their breeds, and their various disciplines. On rare occasion, the public is given the opportunity to adopt one of these amazing horses. We very carefully screen applicants to ensure that our equine friends get a loving and caring home. If you are interested in adopting, please read our FAQ and general guidelines to make sure that you qualify and then check out which horses are currently available for adoption.
What happens when horses are ready to retire from their duties performing and working in the various equine areas of the KHP?
At the Kentucky Horse Park, our horses are our family, so their health and happiness is our utmost concern. If a horse reaches retirement age, or for any reason can no longer perform its normal duties, its original owner is contacted to initiate a return home. If the original owner is unable or unwilling to take back the horse, then the park finds a suitable adopted home. Most horses do not do well without a job, if only as a family pet and need one-on-one attention. Horses with special needs, making them unsuitable for normal adoptions, are often adopted by individuals who had cared for them at the park. In some cases, the best option is for the horse to remain on the park for the remainder of its life, many times performing a much less stressful job such as being petted and groomed in our Kids Barn.
Who owns the horses that live on the park?
The horses that live at the park come from a variety of sources. Many of the horses are on loan from their owners for a specific amount of time. The loan of horses by owners, breeders or associations allows the park to present a large variety of breeds and types of horses for our visitors to see. In some instances, horses may be donated to the park. Some horses are purchased by the park according to need, often through funding from generous donors.