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By Susan Salk on August 26, 2014
The 16-hand “walking skeleton” abandoned in the Kentucky woods with dozens of other Thoroughbreds before authorities intervened in early August was in a condition so alarming that Jeanne Mirabito knew if she left her, she would be “signing her death warrant.” “I knew that she was so close to death that she would lie down and die in that field,” says Mirabito, president of Our Mims Retirement Haven, a Kentucky facility serving older broodmares. “So I said I want that horse. If I couldn’t save her, at least she was going to leave this earth being cared for and loved, […]
By Susan Salk on August 25, 2014
(Press Release)—Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) have teamed up to create the TCA Thoroughbred Marketplace on October 4 and 5 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The event is built into the RRP’s second annual Thoroughbred Makeover, a national gathering of the farms, organizations and individuals who transition racehorses into second careers. The weekend includes educational seminars, demonstrations and the America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred Contest. “The bridges to second careers for these horses include nonprofit placement organizations, professional trainers, amateur trainers, and direct sales from racing owners and breeders,” says RRP founder Steuart Pittman. […]
By Susan Salk on August 22, 2014
After an onslaught of hateful comments and personal email attacks drove Laura Holmes to announce this week she would shut down her robust Facebook page OTTB Connect, a popular site with 22,000 users, a new plan was announced. The page, which is a go-to resource for people buying, selling and saving Thoroughbreds, will continue with new rules governing the behavior of users offering comments. Personal and snarky attacks will not be tolerated, says Holmes, who has spent countless hours removing insulting comments calling other users “stupid” and worse. “One of our number one rules is that people need to be […]