Kentucky Horse Park
LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD HORSES

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, January 04, 2006  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209, crullman@kyhorsepark.com  


          LEXINGTON, KY (January 4, 2006) Could your horse dramatically improve someone’s life?  Central Kentucky Riding For Hope (CKRH), located at the Kentucky Horse Park, is looking for a few new horses to be donated to their life-changing therapeutic riding program. 

          The horses will be ridden by children and adults, some of whom have severe physical and emotional challenges, so it is imperative that the horses be willing and able to work within certain parameters. 

          Horses for two different jobs are needed:  hippotherapy horses (hippotherapy is a treatment that uses the multidimensional movement of the horse; from the Greek word "hippos" which means horse) and therapeutic riding horses

          The ideal hippotherapy horse is 14.2-15.2 hands, age 8-14.  His movement should be rhythmical, symmetrical, with a clear four-beat walk showing over-tracking.  Ideal history would include first-level dressage, with long-lining or driving experience.

           The need at this particular time in therapeutic riding is a horse with the ability to carry 250 pounds comfortably at a walk, trot and canter, not be over 16 hands, age 7-19.

          For either job, the horse should have no history of unsoundness (a rider with a disability does not need a horse with a disability!).  He should be sweet, lovable, accepting of multiple handlers and a changing environment, and patient with inexperienced riders.  He must be sound at the walk, trot, canter and in good general health.
  
          If you have a horse who meets these qualifications, and whom you would be willing to donate to this vitally important program, please contact CKRH at 859-231-7066 or email
pat@ckrh.org.  Be prepared to share your horse's background and health records. For information on CKRH, click on www.ckrh.org.

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          The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted more than 900,000 visitors and 15,000 competition horses in 80 special events and horse shows in 2004.  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.