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I was getting a feed every day an as of Sept ? , they quit . Just tried to get back on an it wouldn’t go thru . My e mail is email@example.com Please set me back up , it’s been a high light of my morning for quite a few years . I have a history of Seattle Slew , an every now an then one of his off springs shows up .. Thank You .. Ron …
I’m sorry. It might have something to do with your personal computer settings. Try checking your spam/trash folders to double check. And thanks for reading!
Just subscribed to your OTTB blog after seeing an article in HorseCollaborative.com., to which I am an occasional contributor. While I am the proud owner of two registered paint horses, I hope to acquire an OTTB before I am too old to swing a leg over a horse’s back.
I love horse racing (but do not bet) and respect these remarkable athletes, but most are not suited to their intended purpose – winning. Many begin their racing careers at two, before their bones are suited to the task and so their careers are short, injuries frequent and the injustice of abandonment, abuse, or worse still, slaughter, can mean even shorter lives. They become as disposable as a wet paper towels
I applaud your efforts and wish you continued success.
I’ve thought about the availability of American Pharoah. Am I aiming to high?
Thanks for subscribing!! And dare to dream…
Thank you for creating such a wonderful website full of valuable stories I would have otherwise never heard. They all give me the passion and commitment to continue on with my ottb. It’s reassuring to see so many other people out there who feel the same. Thank you for all your hard work!
God Bless you and the work you are doing to rescue OTTBS.
I adopted an OTTB 8 years ago. He is an amazing horse. With patience he has transitioned to be a fine Western horse.
Five years ago I adopted an OTTB from a local equine rescue group that had pulled him off a slaughter truck. He had absolutely no use for humans and weaved terribly. He had a slab fracture in his left knee but he wasn’t lame and was approved for light riding. He had been with the rescue group for a year when I adopted him. He wasn’t doing well with them because he required much more attention than they could give him and he had injured a back leg with them. Under my care, he is a totally new horse. My Theo is the most rewarding project that I’ve ever undertaken and he is the best thing that I’ve ever done.
Lois, that is a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing. 🙂
Hi! I really appreciate all that you & others do to get the word out about the gorgeous & absolutely amazing Thoroughbreds/Ottb’s! It made “my Day” to read about the Grey mare that was adopted & shown on August 9,2013 just yesterday and that she did so well~winning ribbons in many classes at her first horse show! I will also be making some craft items to mail to the group in Massachusetts (to sell/for cash donations);who is helping the little girl who has cancer! I especially enjoyed the article about Lynn Sullivan who has been training Thoroughbreds on/& off the track for years. In one of your pics those are the jumps that my husband (Jeff Hill) & I bring to: ‘The Sport Of Kings Challenge” each time there is one! I hope that all is well with you, your family of peoples’s & horses at this time. My best to you, Rebecca Hill :))))
beautiful story of Baby! consider submitting stories to our monthly ezine/app trueCOWBOYmagazine. All links and ezine (magazine) download here..
keep up the good work!
Loved the story about the QH pony horse that belonged to Zito. Amazing how he could pick out the previously owned Zito horses.
Read several more stories and have found them all heartwarming. So sad that so many horses never get a second chance. They are thrown away like so much unwanted garbage!! It is one of the worst downsides of the whole horse industry!! Especially racing and showing. So many people are only in to it for what THEY get out of it. They do not love the horse, just the money and prestige that horse can give THEM !!
Thanks so much for putting the stories out to where they can be read. Hopefully they might lead to the saving of more horses !!
Can you email me back to my email and tell me how I can see Secretariat’s son. I know he is at Exceller and would so honored to meet him. Is the farm close to Paris, Ky or the other horse Tinner’s Way, are they near to eachother so if I drive from Va I can see them both. Please let me know as I am so exited to just be in the presence of Secretariat’s boys !!! Thanks.
Hello everyone –
We are a TB rescue and glad to be a part of working with others enjoying the benefits of the TB and OTTB’s. Please site our facebook page and website, we would love to have your support in our efforts. Our 501 status is currently pending and hope to have the letter of approval anyday now.
I would love to talk about how to start a 501C 3. I am west of Houston Texas and don’t know of any around her on my side of town.
Hi Susan – you can give me a call or send me an email, all my contact information is on our website. I will tell you that it takes a lot of hard work and patience. In particular, with the government shut down our 501 paperwork for exempt status is still pending. It has been almost a year since we submitted it. We get updates that it is still in review etc. So we are a 501 but our exempt status has been very very slow. Ugh.
Wonderful site, so glad that I found it and look forward to more!
Big like on this site
Public invitation to Airy Melody Music’s CD release party: “Dreaming of Ponies”
Upton, MA. January 17, 2013: Airy Melody Music announces the public CD release party for their latest creation, “Dreaming of Ponies”. The event will take place on Sunday, February 10 from 1 PM to 4 PM at A Little Commonsense, located at 8 North Main Street, Upton, MA. The event will include a silent auction to benefit leukemia survivor Catherine Muth, Airy Melody Music’s intern and student in the Equine Program at Johnson & Wales University. The event will be in conjunction with A Little Commonsense’s grand re-opening in their new location and will also include a wine, cheese & sweets party, music by classical guitarist Glen Petit (who plays on the “Dreaming of Ponies” CD) and a special CD giveaway.
Airy Melody Music has been creating relaxation/healing CDs since 1995. These CDs have been produced by company owner, Sarah Freeman, along with pediatricians and psychologists. Designed to be used both in hospitals and at home, each CD uses different age-appropriate narrative techniques to lead listeners on a relaxing adventure, gently guiding them through clinically-proven mind-body relaxation and healing exercises.
The newest CD “Dreaming of Ponies” features a unique bedtime story that is a collaboration between Airy Melody’s relaxation experts, classical guitar players, Upton crickets, and Julie Blackburn (Airy Melody’s marketing specialist and owner of Providence Riding Academy). It guides children on a peaceful adventure allowing them to fall asleep thinking happy thoughts. Woven into this story are three different age-appropriate mind-body techniques: calm breathing (deep breathing), calm thinking (affirmations), and light visualization.
This event’s silent auction will help Catherine, a riding student at Julie’s Providence Riding Academy, to achieve her dream of competing in Para-Dressage. The horse she will be competing on this year is an OTTB named Aly O My, a 1994 Florida bred gelding that has been a part of Providence Riding Academy’s lesson program since 1998. Because of her cancer treatments, Catherine has been left with several physical issues to deal with, including blindness in one eye, focus and concentration problems, and endocrinology issues. With the help Airy Melody Music, Providence Riding Academy, and other generous sponsors and members of the community, we believe she can do it!
The public is invited to attend this event at no cost and reservations are not necessary. Come share in Sarah’s vision of providing healing and happiness through music, sounds, and words. Visit our website http://www.airy-melody.com to learn more about us and our other products.
Donations for the silent auction will be gladly accepted. Please contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-954-0649.
I really appreciate all your articles but was especially moved by the horse hauling “Fleet of Angels” What a wonderful net working group!!!!
Perhaps you are already aware of the sad passing of Larry Mabee, owner of Golden Eagle Farms in Ramona. He was a wonderful man who loved his horses and did many good works for the thoroughbred industry.
thank you again for what you do.
Read about your good works via the Horse and Man blog in Ca. Thank you so much for all you do.
I have visited Golden Eagle Farm and I know they were so pleased to bring their horse home. Good people….. Hope more and more out there.
Delrene,thanks for that! And, I will become a reader of the Horse and Man blog myself!
Hey Susan, here is our website so you can see the type of horses we have. This is where the 3 mares from Donna will be living. It was great to talk to you.
I watched the documentary on Wild Horses and Renegades (I think that was the title) on TV last night. All of it was horrifying to the horse lover but especially the part about St. Theresa/Mexico killing pens. I noticed particularly that some of the horses unloaded and sent to that unholy death were probably Thoroughbred horses off of the tracks in Arizona and New Mexico. To die by the hand of some indifferent human doing an inept job, is a sorry end for any animal, not to mention an unwanted Thoroughbred whose only crime was not able to run fast enough by reason of ability or injury. A bullet or an overdose would be much more humane. I would hate to think that those dagger-wielding people enjoyed their jobs but from the noises in the background of the film, that might be the case. A very sad commentary on human nature.
I appreciate the article on Equine Encore Foundation. Patti is a longtime friend and goes many good things beyond what is mentioned in your article. She is one of those genuinely good people and recognizing her efforts brought joy to my heart. Thank you.
I am not against euthanasia but believe that it should be done in a humane manner. The St. Theresa crossing facility is certainly far from that.
Hi Diane Maroscia,
I appreciate your comments and wish that I had seen that documentary (but I don’t have TV). The journey from the backstretch to slaughter is heartbreaking in its entirety. Just as bad as the treatment of our wild horses, which is a whole ‘nother topic. I, too, am addressing slaughter here.
There are many who do not understand that euthanasia means “kind death” and is humane… a well-placed bullet to the head or by sedation followed by injection. Done by professionals. This is not what slaughter houses have ever practiced nor will they ever.
Slaughter is the opposite of humane – and a horror that no living creature should be forced to endure. The inexact nature of the puntilla knife is not much better than the repeated inept attempts made with captive bolt guns in the slaughter facilities in Canada. Gandhi authored a list of the seven social sins, and one of the sins, “commerce without morality,” fits horse slaughter precisely. We humans need to do much better by these beautiful four-legged athletes who have run their hearts out for us.
The more we know and share the better it is for all of us. I like what I read here and look forward to more. Hopefully the 30/70% ratio will disappear, and, I believe that we will end horse slaughter and transport to slaughter, and that OTTBs will continue to amaze with their tremendous ability to do just about anything (mine has crossed the Hudson River and herded cattle!).
Nina, I always love reading your comments. Not only are you one of the strongest horse warriors I’ve ever been in contact with, you’re also articulate, sometimes eloquent. I wish I had that talent! I appreciate you very much.
As for Thoroughbreds, I also have an OTTB. He was five when we got him, a stunning dappled grey who was too slow for the racetrack. Eight years later he’s still gorgeous, but he’s now flea-bitten. He was our 13-yr old’s birthday present, and they bonded instantly. He is the kindest and most honest horse I’ve ever known. He’s simply amazing in the show ring, whether it’s a trail class or gymkhana events or English Pleasure. He loves to be with us, and will stand for hours to be groomed or massaged or petted, or just stand next
to us and take a nap. It’s funny: as quiet and sweet as he is with people, I never expected him to be the alpha in our herd of six, but he’s definitely the boss 🙂
Looking forward to more!
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