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By Susan Salk on January 28, 2014
It was a happy accident that brought together Warmblood rider Karen Obarowski and a green ex-racehorse who couldn’t trot a straight line. All the fancier prospects she’d considered before she met Agave Ride had failed their veterinary exam, and in deep disappointment, she gave up on the search until her friend and trainer Suzanne Markham suggested that she take on a project horse while she searched for her dream horse. “I didn’t have anything else going on at the time, and was missing horses, so I said OK, fine,” Obarowski says. “We went to the farm where he was to […]
By Susan Salk on January 27, 2014
Laura Hillenbrand, bestselling author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend and Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, announced last week that she will sponsor a great-grandson of Triple Crown winner Affirmed in his retirement at one of her favorite charities, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Hillenbrand’s pledge to support ex-racehorse Thoroughbred Quite Rightly, a beautiful bay who resides at the Central Maryland Correctional Facility’s Second Chance Farm, was offered to honor a dear friend who lost his Affirmed mare to colic, and to show her support for the horses and people at the TRF. In an interview […]
By Susan Salk on January 24, 2014
In the end he died like the warrior he had been in life. Wracked with severe colitis that rapidly spread deadly infection throughout a figure of a horse so fine that even in the hours before death he stood defiant and beautiful, refusing to buckle, willing his body to stand. “Any warrior would have been proud of him,” says his grieving owner Mellisa Davis Warden. “He fought and he just kept on fighting. I heard him snorting and pawing, and later, his doctor came to me and said, ‘Horses don’t come here this sick. This horse is very, very sick, […]