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Re: Sales/Rescues

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:22 pm
by Catalina
It makes you wonder how many others just quietly landed back in the slaughter pipeline without attracting notice.

Re: Sales/Rescues

Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:31 am
by Sparrow Castle
Catalina wrote:It makes you wonder how many others just quietly landed back in the slaughter pipeline without attracting notice.
I fear way too many still. These wonderful rescues are doing their best to "save one horse at a time," and sometimes the same horse more than once. It's not going to catch all of them, but certainly better than nothing.

The sad story of La Gran Raquel's rescue is on Mindy Lovell's Facebook page, as well as other stories. Mindy lives in Ontario Canada and operates Transitions Thoroughbreds.

Dawn Mellon is in California and is President of After the Finish Line. Some recent stories from her website below.
After the Finish Line received a grant for $12,000 in June to save slaughter bound Thoroughbreds. We call this rescue program, "TAKE ME HOME". We worked with three aftercare organizations, Humanity for Horses, Changing Fates Equine Rescue and Omega Horse Rescue, to save the lives of 6 horses. These are the beautiful horses we helped.

In July we helped save the first horse named MOM'S DREAM. She earned over $100k racing before becoming a broodmare. She was found standing in a kill pen at the age of 17. Mom’s Dream now lives in a beautiful green pasture with her new horse friends.

In August we were able to save I'M ON MY OWN from a California auction. She had been with a hoarder and given little food. She was sent to auction and was purchased by Humanity for Horses. I’m On My Own will not transition into a second career. Instead she will be retired.

In September we saved ANNABEL LEE. Omega Horse Rescue was not planning to rescue a horse until they noticed that someone intentionally cut tattoo on the upper lip of the horse with a razor blade. The horse received medical treatment at New Bolton Center. Annabel Leigh’s lip has healed and she is in training for a hunter career.

After the Finish Line was also able to save FESTA TIME from auction in September. He had 27 starts racing at Monmouth Park with earnings totaling $42k. When his owner passed away, he was re-homed. Festa Time was put in training for a hunter career. He was soon discovered at the auction by Omega Horse Rescue and saved with our grant funds. Festa Time was recently adopted to his forever home.

After the Finish Line provided funding to save SUM ONE'S SECRET. She was rescued by Changing Fates Equine Rescue her in October. This 13 years old mare only started in three races and never hit the board. Her last race was at Charlestown

WHISTLE INCLUDED was rescued from auction with funding supplied by After the Finish Line. He earned over $128k racing 46 times with 5 wins, 6 places and 10 shows. He was vanned off Mountaineer Race Track in July of this year. When Omega Horse rescue had his ankle X-rayed, they discovered his ankle was damaged from racing and he could not be kept comfortable. Saved Whistle was humanely euthanized.
There are many others like them, too many to list. They all could use more funding, but there is also a capacity issue. Good organizations do not rescue horses unless they or someone else can provide homes for them. They share resources and information and work as a network when needed. They are an amazing group of people, who deserve much credit.

The rest of us who are able to can adopt an OTTB, donate to a rescue/retraining/rehoming group or three or five, and/or support fund-raising organizations and events. That makes it possible to save from slaughter "one horse at a time," but won't catch them all or end the problem.

Re: Sales/Rescues

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:07 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Mercer County Rescue Update
It never ceases to amaze how quickly mistreated horses can make a full comeback with patience, care and a whole lot of love.

This has been true ever since the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launched its Second Chances Program at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in New York back in 1984. That program has expanded to nine different states and uses former racehorses to teach inmates a vocation in horse care and management and even greater lessons of trust and mutual respect.

One of the TRF’s more recent Second Chances success stories is at the Blackburn Correctional Facility in Lexington, Ky. There, horses that were part of a now infamous rescue of 43 horses from Mercer County last summer are flourishing. The horses had been abandoned for weeks, with many suffering from severe malnutrition and one afflicted with a serious foot abscess.

“Z Camelot was the worst of the group,” said Linda Dyer, Second Chances Farm Manager at Blackburn. “The veterinarians thought he could die. Personally, I had never seen a horse so starved that he just had skin — what was left of it – and skeleton. There was no muscle left on his body at all.

Parhelion (R) and Silver Cliff

Re: Sales/Rescues

Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:55 pm
by Izvestia
Parhelion and Silver Cliff are so cute! Happy to see these horses doing well.

Re: Sales/Rescues

Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:56 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Hope this is true and it works out well for horses.

Kentucky House Unanimously Passes Bill to Define Horses as Livestock in Kentucky Law
SB 139 now goes to the Governor's desk to be signed into law.
“Additionally, despite some confusion, this bill in no way opens the door for horse slaughter in Kentucky, or weakens horse protection laws. In fact, on this same day, the Legislature gave final passage to House Bill 200 to make it easier for local officials to intervene and remove horses in abuse and neglect cases. These bills combined will greatly benefit the entire equine industry in Kentucky, and help to solidify our global role as the Horse Capital of the World.”

Osborne, an owner of both Thoroughbreds and Saddlebreds, said the bill affords protections to horse farmers in ways that might surprise people.

“You can’t be included in an agricultural conservation district unless you are a livestock and agricultural enterprise,” he said. “Well, horses were not included in that definition until now. It gives you certain advantages and legal standings as far as zoning, city annexation, things like that…. Right now, it’s a crime to cut somebody’s fences if they have cattle or other livestock. But horses are not defined in that statute.” ... tucky-law/

House Bill 200:
Amend KRS 525.130, relating to cruelty to animals in the second degree, to allow a court to order an offender to pay restitution for the upkeep of a horse involved in the offense and terminate the offender's interest in the horse involved in the offense.

Re: Sales/Rescues

Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:43 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Not news to us, but seems a timely reminder about the benefits of retiring and owning one of these old War Horses. [Plus Mary Tate is a local here.]

Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Don’t Discount The ‘War Horse’
All too often Thoroughbred trainer, off-track Thoroughbred agent and OTTB advocate Mary Tate hears the same description from clients looking to purchase a horse off the racetrack as a riding or competition mount.

“We're looking for something between the ages of three and five years old with less than 20 starts,” horse shoppers tell her when listing their criteria for a potential purchase.

“People miss out on seeing some really nice options that check all the boxes they're looking for because they fixate on their age or a higher number of starts as a negative,” said Tate, whose string is currently stabled at Emerald Downs near Seattle, Wash. “To me, it's just the opposite, and I've seen the results to prove it.”

There are few more qualified to hold that opinion than Tate. The lifelong horsewoman, who achieved a career first this past weekend when two half-brothers she trains and co-owns won races on the same card (making it even sweeter, their half-sister won that day as well at Aqueduct). Tate has helped place hundreds of horses over the years through her “Retiring Racehorses – Pacific NW” Facebook page and her vast network of equestrians around the country. ... war-horse/

Re: Sales/Rescues

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:26 pm
by Ziggypop
This is from a real horse soldier and rescue. Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

Meet "Keeper" he is a yearling thoroughbred colt that was part of the Humane Plus event held over the weekend at Quarryville, where owners could drop off horses that they no longer wanted. A group of volunteers also went to New Holland and bought a group of animals including a small herd of thoroughbred yearlings, the majority of them were in very poor condition and had injuries along with being weak, some had large hocks and ankles.

I was very concerned about his condition so when the vet was here yesterday we had them evaluate him and pull blood.

The news is not good he has what they think is a disease called Lawsonia, in order for him to survive he would need to be on plasma, IV antibiotics, and fluids, without treatment he will die. Some of these animals do survive but it has to be aggressive treatment and intervention, he's also covered in lice from head to toe and he doesn't even know how to lead. The estimated cost for him to receive treatment at New Bolton and he would need to be in the isolation unit is about $5k, those costs could rise and he could still die. Last night I stayed in the barn until very late looking at him and the other two that I had brought home, sometimes there just are no words to explain all the emotions and feelings that I experience in a day's time when dealing with so many tragedies. I am a realist and I realize that we can't save every animal but sometimes you do want to try, I am truly on the fence as to what to do here as we would need to raise a lot of money in a very short amount of time if we were going to try. No animal should be brought into this world without an intended purpose and a responsible owner seeing that that animal reaches that goal, along with having a long-term realistic plan for that animals welfare and future.
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Re: Sales/Rescues

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:06 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Update on one of the 43 horses rescued from the Mercer County mess.

TRFinc‏ @trfinc
#TransformationTuesday An incredible turn around for Z Camelot, who came to TRF to be nursed back to health after an awful neglect case!

Re: Sales/Rescues

Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:09 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Shelley Blodgett‏ @ShelleyBlodgett
Look who has honor of being poster boy 4 his wonderful aftercare sanctuary...RODRIGUITO (12y PR-bred G 150-starts) retired 2 @ExcellerFund in Oct after surviving 2 hurricanes in PR. ThankU The Exceller Fund 4 giving him & SWEETLANDOFLIBERTY (11y FL-bred G 139-starts) a gr8 home

Shelley Blodgett‏ @ShelleyBlodgett
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Please Consider donating to @ExcellerFund so they can continue to do the amazing work they do, caring for our Racing Warriors ... 17-562.pdf

Re: Sales/Rescues

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:42 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue Makes a Major Move
Monumental changes are in the works at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue (ATBR). Since its inception in 2006, ATBR has primarily operated as a sanctuary situated on an annex of Akindale Farm, the beautiful home and Thoroughbred operation of the late John Hettinger. That is about to change. ATBR is transitioning into the grand Akindale training barn which will be called the A. John Hettinger Rehabilitation Center, home to their new “Reinventing Racehorses” program.

With a grant from Blue Horse Charities, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredited organization modified the training barn into an 18 stall rehabilitation center, built a new outdoor arena and is refurbishing a small barn to be an eight stall adoption center which will be named the Fasig-Tipton Adoption Center in gratitude of their support. This year, they will be launching a fundraising campaign to construct an indoor training facility. With the indoor arena in place, ATBR’s long-term goal is to begin a therapeutic program for people using sanctuary horses.

“It is a dream come true to be able to relaunch and expand our new “Reinventing Racehorses” rehabilitation and retraining program in the heart of the farm as John always wanted,” said Christina Andrews, Executive Director of ATBR. “It’s a big step physically and financially, but we are confident that with our location, reputation, partners and supporters, we will succeed in growing and expanding the program and then raise the funds for a new indoor arena.”
More: ... ajor-move/

Re: Sales/Rescues

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:29 pm
by lurkey mclurker
That's wonderful for Akindale!! <3

Altho now I'm kind of wishing I hadn't read further upthread, b/c now I'm wondering about the Omega Horse Rescue post Ziggypop shared, about the uncertain fate of the yearling. : (((((

I went and lurked through their FB page but didn't see anything. : ((((

Re: Sales/Rescues

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:32 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Ugh, such a shame but glad others stepped in.

Distressing Cases Of Neglect Found At Prominent CA Sanctuary
The California Equine Retirement Foundation (CERF), the second-ever OTTB retirement facility in the United States when founded in 1986 and once known as the gold standard for OTTB aftercare, had its 501c(3) non-profit status revoked by the state of California in 2017 and recently, many of the more than 70 pensioners residing on the property in San Jacinto, California, were found in desperate condition—a handful considered near starving while the shapes of the rest varying from extremely skinny to moderately underweight. Several exhibited the signs of severe rain rot on their backs and none of the horses appeared to have had their feet done in months.

Currently, CERF is operating as a 501c(2), a funding non-profit. This allows CERF to raise money to give to other non-profits but not keep any of the money for personal use.

Carrie Ard, who is identified on the sanctuary’s Facebook page as the Chief Operating Officer, is believed to be the main principal.

Rescue Efforts

Helen Meredith, founder and president of the United Pegasus Foundation (UPF), and Jenny Earhart, who runs Premier Equine Rehab (PER), have been working together over the past several weeks to deliver feed to the CERF property and move horses in the worst condition.

Overall, 19 horses have been removed from the CERF property so far, the most critical horses now at UPF and others to Earhart’s care, with more expected to be transferred over the next few days. Meredith and Earhart would ultimately like all the horses to be off the property.

The Clues

Meredith, who founded UPF in 1994 in her backyard after watching a news story about champion horses sold to feedlots when no longer useful for their owners, had been watching the CERF facility for a couple of years, but in November noticed that the hay barn located near the road never had many bales. She also heard from local feed stores that Ard only purchased hay bales a handful at a time. Meredith said she always maintained a friendly relationship with Ard and with concern growing decided several weeks ago it was time to pay a visit.

“I called and asked her if I could come down and say hello and pay a visit,” Meredith said. “And the first thing she said was to ask if she was in trouble, which I thought was strange. I told her no, but said that since the days were getting longer and we had more light I had more time after feeding to visit and catch up, and that I just wanted to say hello.
More: ... -sanctuary