Our mission is to re-purpose Kentucky’s free-roaming horses into positive contributors to the Commonwealth through equine education, equine agri-tourism, and equine therapy.
The Appalachian Horse Center will also provide holding facilities, rehabilitation and re-homing services for horses that are confiscated by local officials due to abandonment, neglect or cruelty, or that are relinquished by their owners.
The goals of the AHC are:
- To enable Eastern Kentucky to take advantage of the world-class equine knowledge and expertise found in Kentucky, transforming it into lifetime careers through accredited education.
- To improve the health of Kentuckians by delivering equine-based therapy services to address drug dependency, physical or mental health issues, and veteran’s needs.
- To make Eastern Kentucky a destination for those who want to learn more about its horses,
culture and history.
- To assist in the holding, training (if necessary) and re-homing of horses that are taken up from the area if they are causing public safety issues or are in need of nutrition or vet care. We will keep a herd of about 20 permanent resident horses for the education, therapy and tourism programs.