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Palmer scopes out the scene at a small hunter/jumper show.

Born with two bad legs was one lucky t’bred

When Palmer’s Approach was born into the top-tier racing stables of Kim and Nick Zito in 2005, he had only two good legs to stand on. Fortunately, the “scrawny chestnut” with a bone cyst in the right stifle and a fracture in his left knee had many two-legged friends to lean on. Beginning with the Zitos themselves, both outspoken opponents of horse slaughter, the couple balked at suggestions they euthanize the animal, and sought the opinion of Dr. Scott Palmer. Palmer, for whom the horse was eventually named, treated the horse over the next year at the New Jersey Equine Clinic, and says […]

From ruins she blossomed, steals the show

From ruins she blossomed, steals the show

A mare so plain she was overlooked her whole life stood forsaken in a world of neglect. Just a nameless nobody and yet still a Thoroughbred, noble and with breed lines stretching back to the finest of racehorses, she shivered in the winter rain in a Virginia pasture. Starving.Thirsty. Neglected. And even after animal rescue crews swooped in to bring her and 47 herd mates to safety in 2008, and prosecuted owners for animal neglect, the mare seemed unwanted as the Queen of Spades in the card game hearts would take a very long time before her beauty was seen, […]

Despite breaking her arm in a freak accident, four-star Eventer Lainey Ashker plans to compete her T-bred Anthony Patch in Florida this January.

Ashker preps with broken arm for Wellington

After sustaining a serious break in her right arm from a bad horse kick, four-star Eventer Lainey Ashker plans to resume her competition schedule at the end of January. Wearing a cast and a smile, Ashker returned to the saddle two weeks after undergoing surgery Nov. 25 to install plates and screws into her arm, mending the damage done by a horse who spooked loading into the trailer. The young rider, who was critically injured in a cross-country event at the Rolex Three Day in 2008, says that broken bones are par for the course in any competitive sport, especially […]