By Paula Sparrow
Blair’s Equine Rescue is a safe haven for Kentucky’s mistreated horses
Kentucky is a state that reveres its horses, but Marcia Blair Moss sometimes sees the underside: Horses who have been abused or neglected. Educating people in how to properly take care of a horse is key, says this horse-lover, who knew she had to take action after seeing a lack of resources for the care of suffering horses.
Moss is the founder of Blair’s Equine Rescue, an organization dedicated to the rescue, care, and home placement of abused, neglected, and maltreated horses. Passionate about horses from a young age, Moss started the rescue in Shepherdsville more than eight years ago, after attending a volunteer meeting at the Bullitt County Animal Shelter and becoming aware of the strong need for a horse-specific rescue organization. “I thought to myself, ‘No one else has a horse rescue—that ought to be rectified’,” she says. “So, I rectified it.”
Moss takes in horses with nowhere else to go on her five-acre site. Many were surrendered by their guardians—people who fell victim to the economy and could no longer afford to care for their horses. She rescued others from auction houses and kill pens.
One of her first horses was a Tennessee Walking mare named Misty, born with various birth defects. Misty was rescued from a breeder in Glasgow who had decided she was of no use to him. Moss cared for this disabled horse for a year, until eventually she had to be put down. Misty’s birth defects were assumed to be the result of overbreeding, and Moss believes Misty should have been put down at birth. Misty was the first horse Moss had to put down after starting the rescue, and she says she will always remember what the vet said to her that day: “What you have chosen to do isn’t easy, it will never be easy, but this is just part of it.”
Moss has had a variety of horses come to her rescue, including a great-great-granddaughter of the famous thoroughbred Man O’ War, a Foundation Quarter horse from an auction house, and one that was listed on Craigslist that, if not sold, was to be sent to a slaughterhouse. She provides whatever each individual horse needs—whether it’s medical care, rehabbing, or simply a temporary home until the horse can be adopted. One of her current horses is Candy, a Palomino who has been with her for three years and is only now allowing Moss to touch her.
Moss also has two miniature horses. She will be taking these minis to area schools and nursing homes as part of an educational program to teach proper care for horses and discuss the issues of horse abuse and neglect.
Moss has had to limit the number of horses she can keep at one time, so another part of her rescue is helping people with re-homing. “Even if I can’t take in your horse,” she says, “I’ll help you re-home [him].”
It goes without saying that keeping horses is expensive, and Moss works two jobs to support her rescue. She gladly accepts donations—whether it’s money, hay, or horse supplies. She loves what she does, and when asked about the horses she has rescued, she replied: “All of them have a special place in my heart.”
For more information on Blair’s Equine Rescue visit Home.Windstream.Net/pmcody or call 502.543.2956