ARCADIA, N.C. — These horses go by the names Cowboy, Lace, Josie, Gypsy and Dixie, and they all have a new home thanks to a woman from Reeds.

Kimberly Davis can be credited for rescuing the horses of various breeds from a location in Advance and from another spot off of Gumtree Road. The woman recently gave up her retail business in Winston-Salem as she works to establish a horse rescue operation as a nonprofit on Enterprise Road.

The story begins in January when Davis overheard a conversation regarding four female horses in Advance. The owners of the horses were contemplating putting the horses down as the couple was experiencing health issues. Davis, her son, Jordan Younts, and his girlfriend, Blair Gibson, both students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, visited the horses and decided to transport them to a barn off of Gumtree Road.

“They were not in prime conditions,” Davis recalled. “Their stalls were not being cleaned. The people just really couldn’t take care of them any longer.”

Meanwhile, the barn off of Gumtree Road was adequate for the horses. The property accompanying the structure, however, was only an acre, and Davis explained each horse should have an acre to two acres apiece. Davis leased the barn and would later rescue Cowboy from an area on Gumtree Road, where he was in bad condition.

“I can’t just leave them and let them waste away,” Davis said in an interview at her new location for the horses. “I have two dogs who are rescues. I have always wanted horses, but it just never came about for me. I guess I saw this as my opportunity to own horses. They are not going to show. They are not going to barrel race. We can just give them a better life.”

The horses are settling into a new location on Enterprise Road. Davis moved the horses there about three weeks ago after she was searching for land to lease. Davis is utilizing 10 acres of land and a barn owned by Lucinda and Randy Black. She has the opportunity to house a total of seven horses, and says she could always house another four horses at her old Gumtree Road location.

Davis is paying the costs associated with the horses.

She has hired a veterinarian and a farrier to look after the horses. Davis and her son have even installed a new fence around the 10 acres off of Enterprise Road. Younts and Gibson, who has ridden horses in shows, also have chipped in with their assistance for the rescue operations.

“I love horses, so I’m all about her having some because I can get to take care of them and ride them,” Younts said. “Other than the costs, everything else is pretty fun.”

Dr. Vickie Newell, who is based in Advance, has been serving as Davis’ veterinarian. She explained Davis has been taking on horses that range from 5 years old to their 30s, the average life span for a horse. That means some have age-related issues, Newell said.

“Kim has worked very hard to put these horses in optimal situations and has spent a lot of her own money,” she said. “I admire those kinds of people.”

Had Davis not came to the rescue, the horses would be dead, Newell explained.

“While she is not unique because there are people out there who will do this (rescue horses), she is in a small group,” she said.

Looking ahead, Davis remains in the planning stages of what she will call her rescue operations as well as other logistics like whether she’ll take additional horses from the community or allow adoptions of the horses she’s rescued.

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Information from: The Dispatch, http://www.the-dispatch.com