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By Susan Salk on August 31, 2016
On a desolate stretch of road slicing first through sugarcane fields and then everglades in the Homestead region of South Florida, it must have felt like burning hell last July to an ex-racehorse waiting for the next thing to go wrong in his young life. Emaciated and scared, Prodigioso shifted his weight gingerly on four painful feet that oozed with thrush. His back pasterns were flayed open with deep burns, probably ripped by rope, and a painful looking burn was raw and ugly on his lower lip. His right eye, freshly blinded, somehow, showed him shadows that must have scared […]
By Susan Salk on August 30, 2016
An unraced Texas Thoroughbred who survived three surgeries on three different legs has blossomed into a virtuoso in the dressage ring. Though he once hated dressage work so much he’d occasionally stamp his feet like a child, Dusty Dazing has suddenly morphed into a 3rd Level dressage competitor with everything going his way. “This horse was basically rehabbing from injuries and surgery from the fall of 2013 to the summer of 2015, when I brought him back to work with the help of Jennie Brannigan, assistant trainer to Phillip Dutton,” says owner and rider Cherie Chauvin of Maryland. “We were […]
By Susan Salk on August 29, 2016
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF, Inc.) this week welcomed racing warrior Immortal Wink into the herd of the nation’s largest horse charity following an all-out effort to retire him last month from a Puerto Rico racetrack. The 10-year-old gelding raced 142 times, earning north of $100,000, before he made the last leg of his journey home this weekend. Following quarantine at racehorse charity Florida TRAC, he was vanned to the TRF’s Ocala Fla. facility at the Lowell Correctional Institution. Upon arrival, he was to begin retirement life working with inmates at the Lowell Correctional Facility participating in a unique racehorse/prisoner […]