Multiple graded stakes winner Fair Weather Stan, a “fighter on the track” who earned nearly $300,000 in 39 starts, and is said to be the spitting image of his famous grandsire, Mister Baileys of Great Britain, was donated to ReRun, Inc. this month in such poor condition that a veterinarian rated his body score a 2 out of 10.
He wobbled so badly when first offloaded from the trailer that Lisa Molloy feared he might not survive the night.
Molloy and Sue Swart, both representatives of ReRun, Inc., feared for his survival.
“We got him in about midnight and he scared the (hell) out of me when he walked off the truck—he was really wobbly,” she says. “He had pressure sores where’d he’d probably been down and unable to get back up.
“I put blankets on him and doubled his bedding so he couldn’t get anymore pressure sores … and I half expected him to die in the night.”
Molloy, a longtime horseman who retrains ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds for ReRun, Inc., and Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, and previously worked for Race name: Fair Weather Stan
Sire: Tiger Ridge, by Mister Baileys
Dam: J’s Toy
Foal: May 13, 2004
Earnings: $269,706 New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, noted that in her decades of experience, Stan was the “worst I’ve ever seen.”
But, he did make it through the night, and for nearly two weeks, proceeded to do nothing but eat and eat and eat.
“When he first came, he wouldn’t lift his head” from his food. “Then he realized meals were coming in a sufficient amount, and at the same time, so now he’ll lift his head up and he’ll watch me.”
To rebuild his weight safely, Molloy feeds him a fat supplement along with Probiotics to help regulate his gut and help prevent illnesses that can result from over-feeding a malnourished horse too quickly.
Along with 18 pounds of Purina Equine Senior a day, a blend that is easier for him to digest, he is also dining on prime-grade Pennsylvania Orchard Grass, Molloy says, noting that she tried feeding him a less expensive cut recently, but he did not like it.
Once Stan regains sufficient weight to withstand sedation, he will be tranquilized to accommodate a visit from the equine dentist, Molloy says.
And although his feet needed trimming, the farrier reports that with regular care, and little fuss, they should be fine.
His lungs and heart have been found to be strong, and he is also sound, she adds.
“He’s a little horse, only about 15.3, but I think he’s a fighter,” Molloy says. “I think that’s how he was able to do so well on the track, and then survive this.”
To honor his valiant efforts both on and off the track, Molloy plans to enter him in the War Horse Class at a June Thoroughbred show.
“My plan is for Stan to go to the horse show in peak condition so he can be restored to his former glory,” she says. “He deserves the War Horse title after all he went through.”
He was a horse who fit perfectly with the mission of ReRun, adds Swart, a chapter director for the organization.
“He truly fit the mission that he is a racehorse who deserves a second chance,” she says. “It doesn’t matter now what his history was. When they come to us, we wipe the slate clean.
“He’s in good hands, and he has a great future.”