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By Susan Salk on June 19, 2014
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 […]
By Susan Salk on June 18, 2014
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 […]
By Susan Salk on June 17, 2014
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 […]