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If Horse Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy
Press Release Date:  February 9, 2005
Contact:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,

         LEXINGTON, KY  (February 9, 2005) “Dr. Phil, I own a horse but I don’t know much about him.”

          The predictable reply:  “How’s that been working for you?  More importantly, how’s that been working for your horse?”

          There are an estimated 200,000 horses spread across every county in Kentucky, most of whom appear to be quite content.  However, some of them are unhappy and an unhappy horse can develop very serious behavioral problems as well as expensive and life-threatening health problems.  Horses are emotionally and physically complex creatures that require daily attention.  Many owners want to take good care of their horses, but are not attentive to their needs simply because they don’t know better.  Fortunately, this is a problem that can be easily and inexpensively corrected.  The Basic Horse Care and Handling class at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 19 is a good step toward obtaining a better understanding of a horse’s needs.

           The park will offer this three-hour course designed to teach participants how to keep their horses happy, healthy and safe.  The hands-on class will focus on providing proper living conditions, grooming, feeding, haltering, tying, leading and physical restraint.

           Taught by Kentucky Horse Park Director of Education Margi Stickney and Instructor Sherry Whetzel, who have 56 years of combined experience with horses, the goal of the course is to make the horse and horse owner much happier in their relationship with one another.  More critically, it can literally mean the difference between life and death for a horse. 

          “The more a horse owner or caretaker knows, the quicker problems can be averted or detected and dealt with,” said Stickney.  “We want to assist folks in providing the type of care that these wonderful animals need and deserve.  It’s important to understand the horse’s behavior by accurately interpreting their body language and other signals, and to learn to avoid stressful situations.”

          For more information on Basic Horse Care and Handling or other classes at the Kentucky Horse Park, contact Margi Stickney at 859-259-4206 or 259-4263, email or click on “Education Programs” at
          The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the park hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003.  The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington.  The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.


Last updated: Thursday, February 10, 2005