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Elder horses enjoy a life of leisure at UK’s new facility

Less than a year after breaking ground, UK’s Aged Horse Care and Education Facility has officially opened.

A picture of a bunch of horses in front of a sunset.

Senior horses continue to make up large portion of the equine population. | Photo courtesy of VisitLEX

With our equestrian-fueled culture and so many neigh-bors, it makes sense that our city is constantly working towards improving care for retired + elderly horses. Now, UK has has entered the chat with the Linda Mars Aged Horse Care and Education Facility, which officially opened last week.

Through the support of philanthropist Linda Mars and the professor behind UK’s Aged Horse Care research program Amanda Adams, the university now has a dedicated space to study ailments in older horses, including Cushing’s Disease + obesity.

Additionally, the facility will feature:

  • A laboratory so Amanda can continue her research
  • Occasional public workshops about elder horse care
  • A training space for up-and-coming scientists
  • The MARS EQUESTRIAN Scholar Program

“[I] hope more horses around the world will be able to grow old gracefully, remain healthy, active, and enjoy a high quality of life in their older years,” Mars said in a press release.