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Maggie's Shamrock was among six Thoroughbred broodmares seized June 1 and handed over to the South Florida SPCA. Photo by Grace Delanoy

SPCA gets UV-A light to ID starved broodmares

As the South Florida SPCA continues to restore the health of five Thoroughbred broodmares rescued in a sweep by the Miami Dade Agricultural patrol earlier this month, progress is being made toward determining identities of the starving animals. Mare Maggie’s Shamrock was identified via her perfectly clear lip tattoo, in combination with her bodily markings. However, the remaining four mares, all described as “plain bay” and devoid of markings, have proven more difficult, says Laurie Waggoner, director of ranch operations for South Florida SPCA. Only tentative identifications have been made of the other mares, but hope is high that confirmation […]

Lauren Henry and Stony Creek enjoy a moment at the recent Woodside event in California.

Calif. partners bring injured T-bred full circle

In an effort help an injured T-Bred, a collaborative effort linking two major California horse charities bore fruit this year in the form of Stony Creek, an impeccably put-together Eventing prospect many expect to “go big.” Stony’s story began shortly after his last race at Santa Anita Park in 2012. After the strikingly pretty animal bowed a tendon, he was laid up to recuperate at a farm funded by CARMA (the California Retirement Management Account), until his tendon healed. When he proved himself ready for post-racing training, CARMA reached out to Thoroughbred re-training/re-homing organization CANTER California. This is when the […]

Whitney Mulqueen purchased What Is for $400 at low  point in her life. After she made the decision, she worked hard, and turned her life around. All to the good.

Lucky horse arrives at time of misfortune

Whitney Mulqueen sat idly surfing the Internet one evening, more out of habit than with any great purpose in mind, flipping through horse advertisements with a glass of wine at her fingertips, when she suddenly felt a spark of electric hope that reminded her of better days. Though her bridles and saddles had long been sold off, and she had resolutely walked away from a 14-year professional horse career, the single mother who now struggled with finances and self-image, sat up a little straighter. What was this this horse doing here? With perfect conformation and the well-set head of a […]