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By Susan Salk on February 24, 2015
Brooks Clement adopted OTTB Merlin from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River in 2013. Merlin was always “deathly afraid” of cows, but little by little he warmed up to them. Here, Merlin greets a cow at the TRF facility at James River, where Clement now rides. Says Clement, “Though this may look like a simple greeting between two animals, it represents about six months of work. It made me feel great that he trusted me because he really doesn’t connect with many people.” — If you have an interesting, funny or beautiful photo of your OTTB, please email it and a […]
By Susan Salk on February 23, 2015
Siouxperlucky was like a bad penny. Just when his last Maryland owner thought she had him sold, he’d come bombing back down the driveway of her farm, returned by yet another dissenting rider. “A lot of people didn’t like him. They didn’t trust him,” says Emily Goldstein, a young Maryland equestrian who eventually agreed to take him on as a project horse, but wound up finding her soul mate. “My friend had him for two years and she just couldn’t get rid of him. He just wasn’t a fun ride.” More to the point: He was a wiggly, frenzied mess when […]
By Susan Salk on February 20, 2015
A Thoroughbred purchased for $30 at an upstate New York auction house in September, and who managed to elude a trip to the slaughterhouse when a woman said his eyes pleaded, ‘save me,’ is set to begin prepping for a national OTTB event. Metallic Sky, a dark bay New York bred who was once so thin he registered a mere 1.5 on the Henneke body condition scale, and so pathetic in appearance that he appeared a full 1-hand smaller than he is, beseeched Barb Devers, a pre-kindergarten teacher from Ithaca, to change his life; and soon, he competes at the […]