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Bernadette and Coronation jump

After 300 horses, a gray mare stuck

Dry-eyed and happy, Bernadette Kilcer waved goodbye. From the driveway of the Maryland-based Thoroughbred re-homing organization, the idealistic volunteer watched the pretty ex-racehorses leave, on their way to better lives, she hoped, as trailers took them to their new homes. Never, for a second, did the weekend rider and dedicated volunteer wish to keep even one. They were beautiful athletes, with bright futures in second careers—just not with her. “I thought of horses as being a lot like children. You can pat them on the head and then send them home,” she says, chuckling. “This was how it was for […]