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Coaltown Legend arrives at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue last Thursday. His breeder and first owner weeps as she takes the lead rope.

Many hands helped Coaltown Legend home

The coal-dark Thoroughbred who had run so many miles and whose body had shrunk around protruding ribs, did not “die in the dirt” as some had feared. Hope and change prevailed last week instead. Instead of breaking down in his last race, as was predicted in conversations on social media, 9-year-old Coaltown Legend, an animal whose beauty still shone after years of dogfights and 64 starts, made it home to retire on the New York farm of his birth. The turning point was a spontaneous appeal by Thoroughbred lover Deb Jones, urging people to pay attention and keep tabs on the […]

A tot enjoys a snuggle with one of the residents at Second Chance Ranch, a certified nonprofit horse charity in Washington state.

45-horse charity seeks help as it transitions

Second Chance Ranch, a Washington state charity with 45 horses, is struggling to meet its obligations as the 20-year-old organization transitions away from horse rescue, according to founder and president Katie Merwick. After announcing in January a plan to “wind down” the rescue side of her certified 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, which has responsibly re-homed an estimated 1,500, Merwick says donations to her charity have evaporated, and she is struggling. “I announced in January that we were planning to wind down the horse rescue by May 2015. The problem right now is that we have no budget, we’re $30,000 in […]

Grady has always been the center of attention, even when he doesn't try.

The story of two Gradys, of fame & mystery

“Grady is a horse who was always getting attention, even when he wasn’t trying to,” says longtime Maryland horseman Andi Puckett with a chuckle. And when Off-Track Thoroughbreds erroneously reported a few weeks ago that her well-known racehorse, who aggressively battled his way through 104 lifetime starts to earn $785,436, had turned up on Craig’s list, and was purchased by an Ohio woman, Puckett said she knew immediately what had happened. “I’ve been in the horse business for a long time, and I’ve seen horses being misidentified before,” Puckett says. “I once met someone who insisted they had Two Punch, the […]