Hotstufanthensome: Needs a Place to Call Home

How is it that so many successful and well-known horses can so quickly fade out of importance and somehow find themselves homeless and unwanted?

This was the question asked by Anna Ford of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program when she called last week to inform me that Hotstufanthensome, a dual graded stakes winner and earner of more than $750,000, was currently facing a dire situation.

Ford explained that Hotstufanthensome, a son of Awesome Again, had suffered from ongoing suspensory issues and had been dropped into the claiming ranks in 2009. After a veterinarian realized his injuries had flared up again following a routine workout, it was recommended that the then 9-year-old gelding be retired from racing.

Hotstufanthensome’s trainer at the time had contacted Ford to see if New Vocations could help find the gelding a new home and assured her he would be fit for trail riding once he recovered from minor issues.

“When he arrived at our Lexington farm, he was walking okay, but as soon as we went to jog him, he was obviously lame,” said Ford of Hotstufanthensome. “His leg was really inflamed. I called to see if (his former connections) had it x-rayed or ultrasounded, but they said no, they didn’t feel the need because they were retiring them. So we did that…x-rays showed he had a fractured sesamoid and a huge, quarter-sized hole in his suspensory.”

Ford was frustrated the adoption program had to put money into diagnosing the problem, especially since New Vocations is designed to adopt out horses that are sound enough to have second careers rather than being a retirement farm. It’s currently up in the air as to whether Hotstufanthensome will even be able to be a trail horse due to the extent of his injuries. The gelding's former owner sent New Vocations a small donation for helping him, but that was more than nine months ago and doesn’t even cover half of the expenses he has incurred during his time at New Vocations, explained Ford, who called Hotstufanthensome’s injuries “completely preventable."

"It’s really frustrating for us, because this horse is pretty much broken down,” she said. “The other part of the story is that we’re having such a hard time finding him a home. I’m very reluctant sending him to a private individual not knowing if they’re really going to take care of him.”

Hotstufanthensome with Lisa Malloy of New Vocations' Lexington location

Photo by Audrey C. Crosby Photography

Ford would ideally like to place Hotstufanthensome in another retirement facility where he can live out his days in peace. She added that he would need an understanding owner that would give him plenty of time off and realize he may never be 100% sound.

During his racing career, Hotstufanthensome got better with age, winning the Cliff Hanger Stakes (gr. III) in 2005 at 5 and the Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. III) at 6. A consistent runner, he won or placed in 10 other stakes during the seven years he campaigned.

Photo by Audrey C. Crosby Photography

“With Hotstuf, it’s so hard to find those true pasture companion type homes where people are actually going to take care of them long-term,” said Ford.

Ford said New Vocations had been privately letting people know about Hotstufanthensome, but the organization is running out of time and resources to care for the gelding. Ford even contacted some local retirement facilities asking if they could take Hotstufanthensome, but there was no follow through on the initial interest they expressed.

“How can there be no place for this horse?” asked Ford. “You hear it all the time. (Hotstufanthensome) is very pasture sound, but it is something where (not running him) in his last race or workout might have saved him. Some of these older geldings like Hotstufanthensome have got a lot of heart, so they’re going to run through a lot of (injuries). We’ve got to really protect theses successful older geldings or they’re going to end up just like him, and nobody wants that."

If you would like to send New Vocations a donation to help cover Hotstufanthensome’s expenses, or if you know of a facility that may be interested in adopting the gelding, contact Anna Ford for more details at anna@horseadoption.com or click http://www.horseadoption.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=donations to donate online.

Photo by Audrey C. Crosby Photography


UPDATE:

I should have mentioned this before, but Anna has asked me not to mention the specific names of Hotstufanthensome's previous connections, so I was unable to publish several of your comments. Obviously I know that you can look them up on your own, but the point of this article was not to lash out at the former trainers and owners (most of which had nothing to do with Hotstuf's current situation), or at New Vocations for that matter. The point was to raise awareness so hopefully there will be less of these instances, and also to help Hotstuf find a permanent home. Thank you for all your suggestions for possible places for Hotstufanthensome--please know that Anna is doing everything she can to help this gelding and she really appreciates your input. As I mentioned previously, Anna has contacted several local Central Kentucky facilities with no success yet.

But she has received several emails since the blog was put up, one of which was from a retirement facilitiy in a different state that is interested in taking Hotstufanthensome. I will update all of you as soon as I learn more, or if plans are finalized. Thanks so much for all your interest, and remember, if you would like to make a donation to New Vocations, go to http://www.horseadoption.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=donations

ANOTHER UPDATE (from Anna Ford of New Vocations--great news!!!)

We are happy to announce that Hotstufanthensome will be going to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, New York where he will have a forever home.  We are thrilled that Akindale stepped up and offered their services to him.  In return they will send one of their adoptable horses to New Vocations, which will enter the retraining program and eventually find a new home. This is a perfect example of two programs working together and utilizing their strengths. Hotstuff is scheduled to be shipped next week, weather permitting. Another positive side to this story is that Evening Attire who actually raced against Hotstuff is also a resident at Akindale. It is great that the two will meet up once again.

The support for Hotstuff has been amazing. We have received close to $2500 in donations. The donations are greatly appreciated and will cover his board, farrier, and vet bills during the ten months he has been with us. Any further donations will go towards his shipping and care at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue.  Akindale does have a sponsorship program and will be looking for ongoing sponsors for Hotstuff. Anyone interested should contact Erin at eclibertybell@aol.com.  For more information on their program you can visit their website at www.akindalehorserescue.org

We apologize for any confusion concerning the rumors of Hotstuff going to Old Friends. New Vocations had contacted Old Friends numerous times over the past five months but never received any conformation on them accepting him. We are not sure who posted the information about him going there. If anyone has made a donation for Hotstuff’s care to Old Friends you will need to contact them directly with any questions.

In anyone needs to contact New Vocations they may e-mail us at anna@horseadoption.com or call 937-642-3171.  www.horseadoption.com

157 Comments

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Teresa Genaro

Several other people and I have been working on finding a home for Hotstuf for a number of months. He is, unfortunately, an example of what happens when a horse passes through claiming ranks, and when the people for whom the horse made the most money can't, or won't, support his retirement. I'm sorry that it's come to this, but I am hopeful that one of the avenues that we've been pursuing will open up shortly.  As we all know, it's not easy.  

06 Jan 2011 3:20 PM
ckruse

have you tried contacting Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement in Georgetown, KY?  The Thoroughbred Times just published an article today regarding one of the facility's pensioners.

06 Jan 2011 3:22 PM
ILVSLEW

Oh no, I am not pleased to see what they did to him with nothing to help or care of him...This horse looks so pretty, lovely, and should take care of his life...They have a lot of money...I think they should banned if they don't care about this horse? I would love to help and take care of him very much if I have money enough take care of him....PLEASE someone come and take care of him to the vet and help him get better and send him to live at Old Friends in KY to keep him rest life there, PLEASE!!!!!!! Do it, come on everybody...Anna, you are so sweet and thank for caring of him...GOD truly bless you...I need to know who is his sire by? Please keep update on him in near future, okay...:)

06 Jan 2011 3:36 PM
mz

Just contacted Anna for info about where to send $$

How come he made so much money and no one set aside an RRSP (Cdn for IRA)?

Karma, karma, karma for previous owners

06 Jan 2011 3:37 PM
Jim

i wish you could identify the owners who recv'd the thrills of winning but now turned their back on him. this is a crime that will hopefully haunt them. if they cannot afford to care for the horses then they should stay out of the game. i am a committed race horse fan but stories like this will only serve to destroy the industry.

06 Jan 2011 3:51 PM
Sunny Farm

The track vets and the industry may be able to help horses re-tire sound in the future IF they offered x-rays to a horse suddenly dropped down into claimer races, or other situations, or requested by a concerend owner.(Who may need help to pay for the x-rays )

The x-rays to be provided at at a minimal fee. Donations could help with the x-rays as well.PREVENTATIVE MEASURES.

That this proud gelding won so much for the owners and then was just thrown down into an abyss of claimers is truly DISGUSTING.

One would think this horse and all others would receive some consideration after all they have done. At the VERY least, be given a chance to re-tire sound.

I detest claiming races and have always thought that they should become limited on the card and not the majority of the card.

This horse is only one of many.

The owner of a race horse should provide for the after care of thier horses instead of shucking them off on someone else, like a rescue, and then just going along to be able to buy yet another 'disposable' race horse.

The owners who care so little about the horse should be beaten with stinging nettles.

X-rays could have helped this horse & many others to go on to another career. The majority of people who adopt a horse don't want a cripple, they want a horse they can use and enjoy. THOSE horses DO get good homes, generally speaking.Another idea is when an owner begins to race thier horses, if the horse just isn't ment to be a race horse, then retire him EARLY.

06 Jan 2011 4:35 PM
ottbsrawesome

Adopted my OTTB through New Vocations---a wonderful, amazing horse from a wonderful, amazing organization...

I agree with MZ--hope karma bites the previous owners in the a$$. Disgusting.

06 Jan 2011 4:53 PM
Melissa G.

You can identify the previous owners and trainers by going on Equibase and looking at his past performances.

06 Jan 2011 4:57 PM
annie

I just love it when the rich owner gives the horse away to a perfect home and it's going to go to Ocala and eat beautiful green grass all day and get bubble baths. Meanwhile,the wonderful new owner takes the horse straight to the local trader/killer buyer. And we all know what happens. Poor Hotstuff, it's sickening. I'm going to look up who his owner was.

06 Jan 2011 5:18 PM
karen

Will his vet bills be prohibitive, or do you just need a place where he will get turn-out, company, shelter in a storm, and plenty of good feed and hay, and some attention?

I CANNOT believe that the people he earned 3/4 of a MILLION DOLLARS for, will not come to his rescue...as somebody else said..karma, karma, they'd better look out...but in the meantime, we need to help this horse...(the other karma (good) also works.  Can you update us on his needs (veterinary), and if he finds a home, please?

06 Jan 2011 5:19 PM
Mike Relva

What about Old Friends or Kentucky Horse Park?

06 Jan 2011 5:21 PM
Steph

When someone donating a horse discloses up front that he or she will have to recover from "minor issues," would it be acceptable for the rescue to ask at that time the degree of the horse's injuries, and for any available X rays? If there aren't any available, maybe a veterinarian would be willing to X ray the horse's injured region on behalf of the rescue/rehab organization for free, and then assess his prognosis for second careers.

It just seems like a good policy for a rescue with a second-career-rehab mission to move forward with ... finding out the problem at the outset. If it ends up the injuries are such that the horse is going to be a pasture pet, such a rescue could network with rescues that are more focused on retiring the horse for life at that farm or finding forever homes for pasture pet horses. I know time is of the essence with these cases, so this kind of scenario would require some footwork up front: have a contingency plan ready ahead of time for whatever types of prognoses you might encounter to streamline the horse landing in a reputable rescue that's best suited for his future.

I hope Hotstufanthensome finds a good home! These OTTBs have hearts of gold and deserve a noble retirement, whether it be to a second career or a remarkable pasture pet scenario, like my 31-year-old OTTB.

06 Jan 2011 5:24 PM
Acceptance

Second careers for retired race horses is important for our industry. Lets face it, many horses are retired because they are lame or not sound and will never be sound as a riding horse. The choice for those horses are being a lawn ornament for people who love horses and can afford to take care of them for a lot of years. Those are few and far between. The reality is there will never be enough good homes for the cronic lame horse that have no value as breeding stock or pleasure riding. Humane euthanization should be considered for those just like american humane societies do with dogs and cats who cannot be adopted. This is reality. Everything should be done to adopt these horses out to those willing to do it but we have to accept the fact that every retired horse cannot be adopted.

06 Jan 2011 5:27 PM
WinngColrz

Yes this is an incredibly sad situation, as always is with horses and especially horses that have been in the upper ranks. Not that I want to see any horse suffer and run sore, not by any means. It's just that for the most part, the better the horse is the better the care, and he's richly deserving of it. That former trainer and owner are heartless and gutless. Period. It's also quite easy to have a horse slip through the cracks, as nice of a horse as this is. Lisa Malloy of New Vocations certainly knows who the previous owners/trainer is. They sure didn't do right by this horse, not by a long shot. Hopefully just this story will help. Very attractive horse and if I were prepared to home a horse, his injuries wouldn't scare me a bit. He obviously needs more time and frankly, I'd rather have a pasture ornament like him than some sorry backyard bred thing.

Lisa J

06 Jan 2011 5:28 PM
pam

Have you contacted Old Friends-Bobby Frankel division in NY or Aikendale Farm in NY??? Hopefully they can help.  TRF???

06 Jan 2011 6:21 PM
Betty Twitty

I want very much  to help this fine horse. I would like to know how much it cost to keep a horse at old friends or someother retirement far. Maybe a group of horse lovers could ppol their money and pay for his care

06 Jan 2011 6:38 PM
ezevans

In regards to his injuries, have you contacted clinics/universities doing studies in the treatment of suspensory injuries using stem-cells with varying protocols etc. If he were to qualify, there is the possibility he would a) be more comfortable and b)sound. My thought is going that route could offset some cost in his treatment.

06 Jan 2011 7:20 PM
Leigh from Va.

I hate hearing about this great old gelding being in need.I watched him run,placed some bets,but at the end of the day,it is still about the horses welfare.Remember Windward Passage? He needs a forever home too,but he is sound,just in the wrong home.Contact Tracy Sheldon 804-551-0351.Please do not discard these horses like an old car or do not own any in the first place.

06 Jan 2011 7:21 PM
Gulchfan

looks like he could use a few groceries, too...

how about contacting Stronach? he has more than one farm, surely he has room for a son of one of his star stallions

06 Jan 2011 7:22 PM
Gailsy E.

you can identify previous owners  and trainers by going to Bloodhorse Horse Profiles. Hotstufanthensome can be found right there

06 Jan 2011 7:23 PM
Spiff

I would see about sending him to The Exceller Fund. He sounds like a perfect match for them!

06 Jan 2011 7:37 PM
Zen's Auntie

Right u Are Melissa G - wow this is sad but so common.  This horse won 6100 in august 09 and even won 480 in his last 50K claimer start OCTOBER 22nd 2009 36 K total in 2009.  over 80 K in 2008 and NO ONE could x-ray him??

Everyone should look at his PP's hes been around, and deserves a forever home - or at the very least an honorable, dignified death.  

The truth is Nice old big hearted broke down geldings end up quietly going to killers all the time.

Owners and trainers need to MAN UP and retire them sound so they can have a good OTT life not hobble onto the truck to canada to be slaughtered.  Or pay the money to have them humanely euthanized not the disrespect they get.

MZ is right KARMA will prevail.

06 Jan 2011 7:40 PM
Barbara W

He is absolutely beautiful. Please, please contact Michael Blowen at Old Friends. they truly love the horses and do a wonderful job of "picking up the pieces." They also have many responsible owners on board who help out financially (the Mosses for one).

Please let us know what happens. He is worth it. It is the humans who did this to him who are revolting.

06 Jan 2011 7:42 PM
Kathleen Burnham

Have you contacted Remember Me Rescue or LOPE in Texas???  I don't know what kind of space they have available right now but both are fabulous places!!!!!!

06 Jan 2011 7:54 PM
Karen in Indiana

Thank you for publishing what's going on with Hotstuf. He's one I;ve liked and wondered what happened with him. I'll be making a donation.

06 Jan 2011 8:14 PM
Michelle

Stories like this one make me question my love for this sport.  I love the sport because I love the horse.  Owners like them need to be racing cars that can be thrown in the junk yard. SICKENING!!!  The owners should be penalized.

06 Jan 2011 8:21 PM
amy

HE IS SO PRETTTY  I THINK HE WILL BE BOUGHT QUICK HES MY DREAM HORSE!!

06 Jan 2011 8:29 PM
K.Z.

Everyone look up his past performances and see who these connections are that drained every last drop of sweat from this little horse with such a big heart. He gave them everything he had so that they could get their pictures taken in the winners circle ! cash a big check ! Brag to their friends and associates ! But when the little guy could't do it anymore they tossed him out like garbage. Thanks little Hot Stuff  , you deserve so much better . You are a warrior my friend.God Bless you and all racehorses alike.

06 Jan 2011 8:32 PM
Mary M

There was a  comment earlierasking who Hotstuf's sire was. He was sired by Awesome Again, who was inturn sired by Deputy Minister, sired by Vice Regent, and he by the great Northern Dancer. And if I could afford to get Hotstuf,  I would be more than thrilled to bring him home, and care for him. Because I love horses in general and thoroughbreds and Northern Dancer in particular.  Being Canadian, and Northern Dancer was Canadian born and bred, I would be priveledged to have Hotstuf!

06 Jan 2011 8:58 PM
Carry Back

I remember seeing this guy when he was winning stakes and he was just beautiful.  Shame on those who let this happen. I read that about 2/3 of all geldings are put down after they no longer race if someone doesn't rescue them. What a horrid statistic.  If I didn't have 6 rescues already and no more field space I'd take him myself.

06 Jan 2011 9:15 PM
Arlene

I so much would like to adopt this competitor..but I can't. He won $750,000. I spend more care and concern on my cats..and they haven't earned me a penny. Enough said about the "connections". It makes my heart weary. I agree with "Sunny Farm"...and I am not a negative person..but $750,000?..maybe stinging needles is not enough..10% of purse..$75,000 for a good employees' life..no worker's compensation? Gimme a break on these

deadbeats!

06 Jan 2011 9:17 PM
MRO

I wish there was something I could do to help other than send a small check. Please, please keep us posted!

06 Jan 2011 9:25 PM
Man o' War

Very upsetting.

Here is a video of Hotstufanthensome during his racing days: www.youtube.com/watch.  Here's hoping he gets the home he deserves.  He already did his part.

06 Jan 2011 9:27 PM
Arnold d

Here is Old Friends's Facebook page. I informed them via Facebook that Hotstuf needs a home.  Please post your comments also in the Old Friends' Facebook page.  thank you.

www.facebook.com/.../36049309669

06 Jan 2011 9:51 PM
goodwin

There needs to be a percentage of purse money, auction money, etc. for retirement accounts. I know of several multi- million dollar owners who win millions at the track and then contribute NOTHING to even the horses that make them millions. They aren't going to do the right thing, so states should start REGULATING this.

And they wonder why handles are dwindling: people love their horses as pets, now. They aren't just utility animals anymore, as they were once regarded a few generations back. Racing needs to get a clue and cater to this reality.

06 Jan 2011 11:11 PM
JAC

This happens all the time! Both runners and harness racers. Its all about the money. Aint right, its horrible, but thats the way it is. Bussiness. So sad. And these injuries are totally prevetable if they cared enough to stop racing when he first started showing problems. But they had to get a few more races out of him.  

06 Jan 2011 11:22 PM
Windy City

What a shame. The owners should be banned from racing. Exactly THIS kind of people are killing racing :-( What goes around comes around....

Thanks for sharing this sad, but hopefully happy ending story. If more public hears about incidents like that, more owners will think twice how they treat their horses....Keep us posted

06 Jan 2011 11:40 PM
Otherlyn

Too many are bred.  The industry places great care in bloodlines and pedigree.  They keep track of how much the horses sell for early on. Then, as the money attached to them fades, so does all interest in keeping track of where or to whom the "commodity" goes.  Then....conveniently,....out they go, by the thousands, sliding down the bloody chutes in the slaughter pipeline. And now, breeding time is come upon us.  Let's hope that with each new generation, and proper light shed upon the ultimate fates of horses like Hotstufandthensome, the hearts and minds of the industry's breeding elite will change.

06 Jan 2011 11:40 PM
Aluminaut

Why are you guys all over the previous owners?  How about that one last race or work? Unless you know the whole situation you shouldn't be mean about it.  Please do homework first before the blame.  Some people don't know what happens to their horses after they are sold.  It's much easier now with Equibase and the internet.  Many years ago my parents sold our wonderful filly to a man who was going to take her to Pennsylvania and break her maiden, then retire her as a broodmare.  We found out years later what happened to her by going to the CTBA library.  She raced in Pennsylvania and couldn't quite break her maiden because of bad weather.  She ended up in Charlestown where she was claimed and raced at the bottom of the claiming ranks against open company.  She won her last 5 races.

She had no foals.  My Mom, who is now in her 80's holds out hope that she was bred to quarter horses, but I don't think so.  

We're so lucky with the internet now, but I've heard it's still hard to make contact after you find a horse sometimes.

07 Jan 2011 12:38 AM
Ranch Hand

This is despicable. I hope his former owners choke on every dollar this game warrior made for them. All the best to Hotstuf; he deserves so much better.

07 Jan 2011 12:59 AM
Freetex

What about Best Friends animal sanctuary?

Will anything ever be done to regulate horse racing?

The owners should be banned from racing.  This is so wrong.

07 Jan 2011 2:40 AM
Ruffian64

I hope the former owners read this-

"SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!"

Same goes for all of them who allow this to happen to their horses. Cheap jip owners/trainers. Shouldnt be allowed even on the back side.

07 Jan 2011 5:59 AM
Annette

I hope that he finds his "forever" home, soon!  Prayers :(

07 Jan 2011 7:00 AM
Mikem

How about the Vets,feed companies,racetracks,states, jocks etc kick in as they are the ones who make the bulk of the money. Owners foot the ENTIRE bill and are the reason they get such good care during their career.

07 Jan 2011 8:06 AM
Susan from VA

With a little googling, it's not too hard to find the connections for this horse.  What I don't understand is that I can afford to x-ray and ultrasound my pleasure horses whenever they are "off," yet these horses have never and will never earn a single penny for me!

07 Jan 2011 9:16 AM
LongStoryTB

SO so sad!!!  I have owned a few OTTB, and they would have gone the same way.  They were glorious gentle souls.  So sad to hear of Polish Navy's passing, but perhaps that will give Old Friends in KY a spot for HotStuff!!  It just might be his chance for a special place with those very special people at Old Friends!

07 Jan 2011 9:43 AM
LouAnn Cingel of Union, Missouri

This is absolutely quite disturbing that it has come to this that there are owners out there that do not make provisions or even demonstrate that they even care about their retired horses in whether they live or die.  This breaks my heart and Hotstuff has so much love in his eyes-how could anyone leave him in the lurch like this. People who own horses who do this should not even be given the privilege to own them.  Unfortunately, this will continue until it is made mandatory for owners to set aside monies for their retired horses.

Please someone, come to this horse and give him a forever home to live his life out in dignity.  He deserves it and has earned his right to live comfortably and in peace.

I am unable to financially give to save this fellow, but I will surely pray for him.

My Prayers, Love & Blessings to Hotstufandthensome!

07 Jan 2011 9:47 AM
Tommyt77

It says somewhere in that article that they have already contacted local retirement charities so one would assume that Old Friends is one of them seeing as they are right on their doorstep?

I would imagine that avenue hasn't been overlooked.

07 Jan 2011 10:05 AM
Yvonne and Maurice Kirby

Hi - Hotstufanthensome is one of my favorite horses, having retired from New Jersey to Texas.  I just love him.  Please call Akindale Farm, Pawling, NY or Old Friends at Kentucky or the Bobby Frankel divison in New York.  I am sure they would love to  have him.  I am so heartbroken to hear of his condition and it is a crime!!!  Someone please help!!!

07 Jan 2011 10:07 AM
Penny in TX

What a beautiful horse and such a shame he has ended up like that. I too spend huge amounts on vet bills and necessities for my 5 dogs and cat, and they never have earned a dime for me but have given so much love in return. That is priceless. These horses do need some type of retirement fund. It is such a shame that this is his reward for providing some type of income for someone.

07 Jan 2011 10:09 AM
argostar

If it hasn't been done already, the breeder of record should be contacted regarding the situation to see if help is available.  Information can be found at Equibase.

07 Jan 2011 10:18 AM
RGGC

I live in NJ and go to Monmouth every weekend. I think this is unbelievable! What an honest horse. I was hoping he was eating grass at someones farm and enjoying the good life.  For shame on his owners. Please keep us informed about this wonderful horse. I wish I had a farm, I'd take him in a minute.

07 Jan 2011 10:36 AM
olitenup

This is the very thing that will cause the industry implode. This is a perfect example of how morally bankrupt the majority of the horse industry is-across the breeds.

With today's social media, stories like this go viral. And in this case, I hope it does.

Shame on those connections.  And a very big thank you to those rescues out there picking up the mess left in the wake of the selfish and the greedy.

07 Jan 2011 10:54 AM
Rochelle worden

I know a lot of rescue folks but taking in a long term case is just not financially sound business....the person or facility who takes him really needs a large income and lots of love....poor horse.....

07 Jan 2011 11:37 AM
Mary Alison Knighton

I am appalled by the lack of love and consideration that Hotstuf's previous owners treated him like this. They should never be allowed to ever own any animal and should be banned from the horse and racing community. Shame on them. how selfish are they? Karma is real...no worries about that...it will come around.

Mary Alison

07 Jan 2011 11:39 AM
easygoer

I really hope this guy gets a home. This is the horrible side of the industry that makes me hate this sport. On the positive side, for many years, these problems have been swept under the rug and ignored; I am proud that Bloodhorse is focusing on these issues. Thank you for this article and the ones on Old Friends, Our Mims etc.

I do think the owners should be penalized either financially or barred from racing future horses. This is a business built on animals, and if you can't afford (or won't afford) to support these horses when their racing days are over then you should not be a part of this sport. Shame on them for racing this guy into the ground and then dumping him when his career was over.

07 Jan 2011 11:40 AM
M-D

What can one say but that Hotstufsfanthensome's outcome & current condition is all...

...too common in thoroughbred racing.

As Dr Orman of ReRun notes in her recent Bloodhorse "Final Turn" piece, entitled "Sound Advice," & as I noted in my comment in response to Dr Orman's piece, many, many thoroughbreds coming off the track are often in...

terrible physical, mental, & psychological condition--& that's NOT mere opinion or estimation.

That's empirical "truth" or fact.

In the main, thoroughbred racing takes substantial toll, physically, mentally, & psychologically on a horse--even if the horse has been given the care & attention s/he deserves (irrespective of her/his winnings at the track).

Until all thoroughbred racers receive proper & appropriate medical care, including much, much greater attention to & care for horses's mental & psychological health, a very dark cloud of opprobrium will continue to hang over the thoroughbred breeding, sales, & racing industries.

07 Jan 2011 12:15 PM
MyBigRed

Thank you Anna & Bloodhorse for bringing this matter to our attention. I pray this brave horse finds a permanent loving home, like Old Friends, to live out his life in comfort. I don't understand how his previous owners could deny a living creature the medical attention they need, especially when they are making money from the animal. Shame on them.... I don't have very much money, but I will send what I can, to New Vocations to help out.

07 Jan 2011 12:36 PM
Zemonized

If anyone has a doubt about the courage & heart this horse has verses the heartless attitude of his trainer, I refer you to the Bloodhorse article about his Tampa Bay BC win in February '07.  The pain & suffering this poor horse has probably already endured at the hands of humans is truly heart-breaking. Praying for his future.

07 Jan 2011 12:42 PM
Ragsy

I emailed his breeder and asked if they could donate to his cause and told them I also would donate.

sure hope they respond.  

Bless the horse's sweet heart.  

07 Jan 2011 1:03 PM
chopman

All part of ;;THE GAME  it,s been around for years.The worst part is the SLAUGHTER HOUSES will be back in opperation  with in two years .The only soulotion ;;support your local horse rescue ;;till it hurts

07 Jan 2011 1:07 PM
Golden Gate

As an owner trying at this moment to trace where a gelding went I sold awhile back because of financial reasons. It would be nice if the Jockey Club would let people that used to own the horse find out where the horse actually is.

Maybe there is some place I could find this out? I have emailed the man I sold him to but have yet to get a response. I am worried something has happened to him since he has not run since Oct. 2010. Hopefully he is just getting some r&r.

I have found that ottb can make great trail horses. I have one I am riding now John Franks bred 19 years ago who is a lovely trail horse and she can keep up with my friend's gaited horses.

07 Jan 2011 1:12 PM
Esther Marr

You guys rock!! Anna just emailed me to say that she has received more than 40 emails since this blog went up about Hotstuf, more than half of which wanted to donate to New Vocations, and three of which wanted to adopt him. She is currently processing applications for those facilities interested in taking him and hoping that one will be the perfect home. I will keep you updated. Thanks so much for your support on this issue. Together, we CAN make a difference:)

07 Jan 2011 1:19 PM
sd7329865

Does anyone agree with me about veterinarians and how they should be giving back to the industry?  what are their donations to these past successful racing participants?  does the AAEP not join in the efforts in rescuing most probably one of their previous patients????

07 Jan 2011 1:39 PM
Kathryn

Amen, Annette & the others willing this boy his fair reward.  His plight dramatizes not only Thoroughbred or domestic horse casualties.  While bookings should be within a context larger than economic, breeders` fees, sales receipts and earnings should fund planned pensions, safe living space, and vet care as required.  Creative market practices designed to educate for and meet equine life care should more profitably offer employment where slaughter designers state their 'industry' attracts workers and provides jobs in a projected, continuing downed economy, with promises for an expanding global market in designer dining on horse meat.  The public`s increasing awareness of, and disgust with, long-standing vested entitlements, reveal a skewed economic context.  The continued, expanded disposition of public lands to private ends -- with the expulsion and eradication of heritage herds -- disrupts and destroys wild habitat meant to be held as legacies to future generations.  Horse herds adapt to and benefit rangeland.  Not only is their herd diversity, social structure and natural ranging habit an initial gift to the land, it is an on-going rhythm which protects land vitality.  BLM Administration correctives are vital. The money streams of vested interests which drive all horses along a short-term gain economic continuum, soon drives them down routes of planned obsolescence that destroys them, opening more spaces to investment ploys.  ASAP I will send funds to the financial group hug for Hotstuf, while his good life materializes.  Khc.  

07 Jan 2011 1:47 PM
SalemPoe

I have a retired racer that broke down on the track and can never be ridden.  I've had him for 5 years, and he recently had some medical issues that required 2 surgeries.  He gets excellent care, I love him, and he's a 1200 pound pasture pal. He's not going anywhere, and besides, I've never learned how to ride anyway!

07 Jan 2011 1:48 PM
Barbara W

Thank you Estherand Anna, and God bless. Please do keep us posted. I just posted on Old Friends' Facebook.

O.K. Here is my idea: it would take administration and a lot of bookkeeping, but it could solve the problem, starting with the overbreeding problem.

From day 1, every foal's owner pays a fee, like a tax. Every year this tax is to be paid by the current owner. A percentage of any winnings would also go into the account. If people cannot afford it, they cannot afford to have horses in the first place. This would have an immediate impact on the breeding end. Also, when a horse is sold, the new owner would be required to be listed,because who wants to pay the fee for a horse he no longer owns? The new owner would then be responsible, on down the line.

Yes, I know there can be catastrophic vet bills, but at least each horse would have his own account to tap into when needed at retirement. Before retirement, the account would not be available. If the horse ends up in a rescue facility, then he would have money for his care.

Yes, I know there will be naysayers, but at least it is a START, which is better than the ugly scenario we are dealing with now.

07 Jan 2011 2:02 PM
Deborah

Every racehorse should have a fund set up for him/her to pay for retirement. Why are horses allowed to be raced until they are "broken down"? Have these owners/trainers no heart?  Is it just all about the money now? So what if these requirements cut down on numbers of horses racing and $$ in the pockets. If you can't afford it then don't race. These are not machines. They are living, breathing beings that give their all. It makes it hard for me to enjoy racing when I know this must be going on all the time. I hate over regulation as much as anyone, but this whole thing has to be more regulated to cut down on abuse by the human owners!!!! This MAKES ME SICK!

07 Jan 2011 2:03 PM
Ragsy

Can you list a mail address for donation to Hotstuf,

don't do paypal due to mistakes they have made in the past which took 2 years to correct....

07 Jan 2011 2:16 PM
mz

I understand about not demonizing owners/trainers BUT if you claim an older horse, are you not expecting that at some point, it will need to stop running?  

I agree that there should be some kind of requirement that ANYONE who buys a horse (foal, weanling, yearling, 2YO, mare, stallion) and ANYONE who claims a horse must be forced to pay some percentage of earnings into a specialized trust fund (I'm a Lawyer -- they have tons of differing trust arrangements -- pay me,. I'll tell you about them) and the money be used for the care / upkeep/ retirement / possibly humane euthanization of all horses, including your bought/claimed baby.  The runners who win money (eg. Hotstuff) would subsidize the bread and butter horses.  

Fergawdsakes: if a horse can win a million dollars (or $750K), a horse can cover food/vet/stabling for many, many other horses and themself over the years they have left.

p.s. My sister and I have paid $$$ for the cats over the years -- including strays for whom we have been lucky enough to find cushy homes over the years.  I know horses are BIG animals but still: until they have cat races (cat beauty pageant?) when cats can win money, how come my sister and I are still paying for cat care over the years and they can't get some kind of horse plan together?

(End of rant)

07 Jan 2011 2:18 PM
Esther Marr

Ragsy, since there are several addresses listed on the New Vocations website, and I'm not sure which one is the correct one to send donations, I would recommend emailing Anna at anna@horseadoption.com. Hope this helps!

07 Jan 2011 2:19 PM
KentuckyWoman

New Vocations' website accepts donations online at www.horseadoption.com

Unfortunately, there are major breeders in the racing industry that have no problem with their retired mares and geldings going to slaughter.  I sure wish they'd read the responses on this blog and see how the public feels! Maybe, they'd start to develop a conscience.

07 Jan 2011 2:32 PM
Tyler

This one horse, who will probably be taken care of due to this blog, is just one of thousands.  

As a lifelong racing fan, I am starting to wonder how it's OK to use these guys until they are (typically)between 2 and 9 and forget that they are still quite young when they are done.

Some former owners are in the wrong, but I can tell you from following horses that they just disappear from the 'radar screen' if they are not racing or breeding.  You can't find them.  

I claimed a horse last year that was with an owner/trainer with a history of killing horses for insurance money.  I have a full brother that is quite nice, so even though I know you 'can't save them all' I wasn't letting this one get lost.  I knew from backstretch chatter that the guy who had him wouldn't sell the horse for a reasonable price, was scary to humans as well as animals and would probably put him 'on a truck' if he ever limped.  Note that even though they seem nice, the tracks make it VERY HARD to claim them as an outsider, since they are dying for entries. The guy who had him races a lot of horses at the lower levels. Why someone like that is even allowed to race makes me wonder if I should stop liking racing, but the horses always draw me back in.

On a positive note, I spoke to his (commercial) breeder when I was first trying to find him and got the impression that if he were in danger they might try to make a place for him.  I got him and he's a very nice, athletic, sound horse so I never had to see if that would happen but I do think some of the commerical breeders actually care.

07 Jan 2011 2:37 PM
New Vocations

We would like to thank everyone for their comments and support.  We started receiving donations shortly after the article was posted. For anyone interested in making a donation towards Hotstuff's care please use the address below.  Be sure to write "Hotstuff" in the memo

New Vocations

3293 Wright Rd

Laura OH  45337

All donations are tax-deductible.  Thanks again and keep spreading the word about Hotstuff's situation.

07 Jan 2011 2:42 PM
Ragsy

Thank You Esther Marr

yes, together we can make a difference

Thank You New Vocations

on that address...I will spread it around some.  

07 Jan 2011 3:01 PM
GoldenBroom

Would like to see all purses have 1, 2, 3%? go to retiree fund either by individual horse tattoo or into general fund. That would help - but shame on the owners who buy and sell horses for profit with no concern for the animals. It IS called the sport of kings for a reason...if you can't afford a loss now and then, you shouldn't be in it messing with these poor animal's lives. Heard that disgusting line all too often "no X-rays or medical treatment" - either sell em as is, run em and hope they get claimed or turn them out in a pasture for 6 months and "see" if they sound up. Shameful!

07 Jan 2011 3:05 PM
Joanne

It is stories like this, that totally turn me off from this sport. What a DISGRACE!!! And one wonders, why the sport is DYING!!!

All about the money! SAD!!!

07 Jan 2011 3:23 PM
Lakeway_mt

I never got to actually see Hotstuf run, but did follow him when he was racing, as I follow Alydar line horses.

There was a reference to this blog last night on the Alex Brown forum. After reading the blog I was so mad that I posted it on the TBC site. I don't post very often and was pretty depressed when I went to bed as there were a few who had viewed it, and only a couple of comments. Checked this morning and no new comments, but over 100 views.

It appears that things are looking up, but I'll continue to pray, keep my fingers crossed, etc... for this lovely horse and all involved. Plus, a special thanks to all who have helped him...

07 Jan 2011 3:28 PM
GIA

Althoough I watch horse racing, I continue to become more and more disillusioned at how poorly many of these poor ex racers are treated when it is time to retire from racing.  Not quite a bad as what happens to most greyhounds, but still....I adopted two fomer racing greyhounds 1 who raced over 130 times and one who never raced and would have been killed at 2 years old because he was not fast enough to race.  If these racing indutries cannot do a better job in making sure that the breeders, owners, track vets and officals insure the welfare of these animals both on and off the race track, then maybe racing as a business should just die out -- greyhound racing is almost at that point due to all the abuse.  Some people on here expressed a desire to adopt ex racehorse, but do not have the space or money, maybe consider adopting an ex-racing greyhoud, these dogs suffer the the same fates.

07 Jan 2011 3:59 PM
Soldier Course

When is the tragedy of the unwanted race horse going to get real traction? We've all read the countless articles, letters, testimonials, and witnessed a dog-and-pony show in Congress a few years ago. Still it festers.

07 Jan 2011 4:10 PM
kathy williams

I am mailing a check today for HOT STUFF..I emailed Old Friends for help...I will spread the word to horse lovers here in Chgo....PLEASE someone give this horse a chance and shame on the horse industry for not doing something about this problem...next will we see MINE THAT BIRD or another great gelding meet the same fate; I hope not; they run these poor geldings into the ground and then discard them..

07 Jan 2011 4:10 PM
Virgil

Here's a list that Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue compiled that illustrates what's happening just in this one area:  "Despite being a very incomplete record of local thoroughbreds entering the slaughter pipeline, the list represents approximately one thoroughbred per week that we are aware of winding up at auction or on a single local dealer's lot since October 2007:  www.sctbrescue.org/List%20of%20Horses.pdf"

07 Jan 2011 4:17 PM
steve s

they are crying cause they took in a unsound horse and got stuck with it--quit running the progam-lost cause

07 Jan 2011 4:21 PM
Terre

I have two OTTBs and they are my boys.  No I don't ride them - but they are well cared for.  No one else on my road blankets their horses.  People laugh at me because I do.  Southern Ohio can get pretty cold and one of mine is cold natured anyway.  My neighbors infuriate me because when we were in negative numbers a few weeks ago, they left them out all night - when they could've put them in the barn.  Mine enjoy heated water, lots of hay, affection and love.  Expensive yard ornaments?  Yes, but they're mine and I'll do without before they do.  And these guys never made a dime for me.  Were done on the track before I ever laid eyes on them.  That's okay, we've got each other....

07 Jan 2011 4:59 PM
cat lady

There should be a limit to how many horses are bred each year, maybe this will cut down on so many unwanted horses. I think its cruel to turn your back on an animal because it can no longer make money. I just spent over $800 on a STRAY cat, even tho she will never make me any money! Only true horse lovers should be in the game, not ruthless business people. If I had a facility I would have taken Hotstuf in a minite! Hope he finds a forever home...

07 Jan 2011 5:29 PM
Mike Relva

ESTER

Thanks for this story,I contacted Old Friends today to inquire. Wishing this horse and all the best.

07 Jan 2011 5:38 PM
pg303

there are plenty of directions to point our fingers.  We can blame the owners, breeders, even the people who "rescue" a horse from the track or auction and then "donate" it to a formal rescue with little or no further support. Not only are there are not enough rescue/retirement/ forever homes for any breed, but  finding funding and having enough physical space are huge limitations for any rescue. Laying the blame and burden for this issue only on the feet of owners and breeders isn't the complete answer.  Neither is banning owners or any other extreme measure. So many people get so upset about this issue, and rightfully so. But unless they are contributing in some small way to a solution--whether financially, with time, space, or usable skills--then they are not part of the solution.  The solution is not noise, its doing...

07 Jan 2011 6:06 PM
robin from michigan

You know, to bad about Hotstufanthensome. It's a shame, that horses like him go unwanted. If I had the money and space, I would be thrilled to take him, but unfortunately, I don't. And it's too bad, that the previous owners refused to take care of his injuries, just because he was going to retire. It's people like those, that should not be owning racehorses period. And I don't think that it should matter if the horse is going to retire, if the horse has an injury, it should be taken care of, as soon as possible. Not wait for the injury to heal. Shame on these people, for even putting this beautiful animal through such a horrible ordeal. Those are the people who really disgusts me.

07 Jan 2011 6:09 PM
ttimsan

Thanks Anna for taking this guy in and giving him proper care. While it's appalling the horse wasn't given due care prior to being given to a rescue, it's not exactly surprising. Breeding, racing...the TB industry as a whole treats these horses as walking $$ signs. That said, I don't know the owner or trainer, but some credit to them for at least placing the horse with a rescue rather than shipping him to auction for one last buck.

07 Jan 2011 7:08 PM
Bonnie Droessler

Have you tried contacting Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.  I have contributed to them for years.  Good luck and keep us informed!

5001 Angel Kanab Canyon Rd,

Kanab, UT 84741

(435) 644-2001

07 Jan 2011 7:13 PM
leslie

love the fact that his breeder is an EXTREMELY wealthy heiress, with a very big farm.....I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she hasn't been approached......yeah right....

07 Jan 2011 8:03 PM
Adele Maxon

I hope that Charlotte Weber of Live Oak Stud has read this blog and takes care of whatever way she sees fit to see that the horse she bred is provided for.

07 Jan 2011 8:09 PM
Donut Jimmy

Okay - I researched Hotstufanthensome's racing history, all of which is perfectly public record. However as the author of the article promised not to name names, blog posts with names seem also to be restricted so here is the no name version of Hotstufanthensome's racing history. I am posting this because it demonstrates how hard it is to pin "blame' for this sort of situation.

Farm A was the breeder of Hotstufanthensome. They still owned him when he went to the races. He made his first start for them as a three-year-old. He started in MSW company, but was not able to break his maiden until January of his four-year-old year in a $32,000 mcl at Gulfstream Park. He earned a bit under $10,000 for these connections.

After that maiden win he was sold privately to Farm B. It was for these connections that Hotstufanthensome had most of his racing success. For these folks Hotstufanthensome won stakes races and was generally a good and successful horse right through most of his seven-year-old season. They gave him some time off after a less than stellar stakes race in late May of his seven-year-old year. When he got into trouble and finished last in an Allowance race the following January, they dropped him into the claiming ranks, and he was claimed for $62,500. He had earned over $600,000 for Farm B

Now in the barn of Stable C Hotstufanthensome had an uneven year. He had some good races and some bad ones. Late in the year Stable C moved Hotstufanthensome to a different trainer for whom he promptly won a stakes race in good style. He was then sold privately again, to another of that trainers customers. For Stable C Hotstufanthensome had earned around $90,000.

Now the property of Owner D, Hotstufanthensome did not prove to be a wise purchase. He raced once poorly and then was given a six month break. He did eke out one final victory on his return for a $75,000 claiming tag. He lost form after that as his physical issues apparently caught up to him. He was retired having earned about $36,000 for Owner D.

It is unclear from the story which owner donated money. It sounds as though it was Owner D. While I would hope that any owner would try to protect such a horse after retirement, one can imagine that their enthusiasm might be more tempered since they had already lost money on owning Hotstufanthensome. (NO I DO NOT CONDONE THEIR BEHAVIOR, BUT I RECOGNIZE THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION.)

If Farm B is still in business, they are probably the ones who ought to be encouraged to do right by Hotstufanthensome. He earned them a great deal of money, and it would only take a small percentage of that money to ensure him a cushy retirement. I do not know if they still exist, and more importantly if they are solvent. The economic realities of the last few years may have had an impact on Hotstufanthensome's retirement situation as they have for many people during the same years.

The publicity generated by this story, in this forum, will hopefully create a good opportunity for this deserving horse. The sad reality is that there are many others just like him.

07 Jan 2011 9:50 PM
aylashadow7

Just would like to share an example that I experienced not long ago of 'pasture ornaments' without a 'job'. As a hospice nurse, I had a patient with a 'last wish' of seeing my horses. I have had Plaid, a NV OTT Thor. for 10 yrs. He is quite the character, bred, owned & race by a wonderful man..we kept in touch for awhile. He pulled Plaid off the track because he noticed when Plaid laid down & went to get back up, a mild decrease in flexation in the knee. X-rays showed a knee chip, so he retired him & sent him to NV with all history. Back to my point, Plaid has been having hoof issues & been my friend & 'pasture ornament for the last couple of yrs. now. I arranged for my patient to come to my house to see the horses. She told me it would be her last outing..& it was. I have pic's of her smiling & laughing when Plaid climbed onto the patio, stealing the entire bag of carrots she had brought, then he just stayed to visit. The pic's clearly show the light-up in her face, smile & laughing as a little peice of heaven. Her sister made doubles of pic's, I have them framed. My patient died with a photo book of all these pics' @ her bedside. Pet therapy is now widely recognized as a quality benefit to both people & animals. What an awesome 'job' it would be for these 'pasture ornaments' to have...wish I could put the pics' up...would be a HIPPA violation to post. This is not the only story that has blessed both humane & equire...open to feedback.

08 Jan 2011 1:06 AM
Ruffian64

KY Woman- Id sure like to know who those breeders are. We need to find a constructive way of putting the pressure on them.

08 Jan 2011 6:23 AM
Liz

Another sad case of owners, trainers and veterinarians allowing a horse to be raced into the ground and left with no future. How very sad.  The owners, trainer and veterinarian in charge should be banned for life.  Nothing short of this kind of draconian action is going to get the message through to people that they are responsible for a living animal and that their need for money, ambition and pride need to take a back seat to the animal's welfare.  Another tradgedy, it breaks your heart.  And now of course, the real horse lovers are left to pick up the pieces.  How many more times do we need to hear the word 'donated'?  In other words passed the responsibility to someone else.  I am now just venting out of frustration and will stop.

08 Jan 2011 8:37 AM
Lmaris

Owners might need help to pay for x-rays?  If they can't afford this minor expense, they have no business being owners.  Since some (and by no means all) owners feel they can just walk away from horses they injured, someone needs to hold them accountable.  

08 Jan 2011 9:25 AM
Zen's Auntie

We are all thinking the same thing. Why cant these horses keep some of thier winnings for thier retirement? Makes sense right?

If every racer got to keep 3% of his earnings in a retirement fund they could have a nice little dowery to leave racing with.

Horses can live 30 years and at least 20 - an earnings fund for each horse could make another  reason to retire horses sound so they could have a life after racing. Horses would draw from thier own fund to be rehabilitated then placed for adoption if possible.

Untimely passing of a horse leaving a remainder in his or her fund or earnings greater than needed to care for that horse can go to the general TB fund and support the ones who didnt earn enough or never raced or are unadoptable.

I remember thinking this back in the 80's when so many horses hemoraged out of the lowest tracks to the slaughter auctions like New Holland.  

Why cant the horse keep some of its earnings?  OBVIOUSLY all owners and trainers are not currently compelled to "do the right thing" so although I hate to see regulation have to be put in place to protect people from thier own stupidity I think in this case we must act to protect these big hearted horses from human stupidity and subsequent neglect.  

I am NOT attempting to villify or demonize owners or trainers on the whole. You don't hear much about those who continuously do the RIGHT thing without anyone telling them to. A silent prayer of thanks goes out to all of the good ones.  

08 Jan 2011 9:49 AM
Pam S.

This is such a sad story, especially the "completely preventable" part.  Why, when an older gelding has raced as much as Hotstuf, must anyone be so bent on squeezing more races out of him, to the point of paying little or no attention to his soundness?  Maybe there is an "answer" that I'm not aware of, as I have never owned a racehorse, but I doubt if I would consider it an acceptable answer.

08 Jan 2011 10:30 AM
Ragsy

Good morning Esther Marr

I have a question for you, would you consider doing a story on Dyna King a Dynaformer son rescued by Heart Of Tucson rescue in Az.  Perhaps it would help him along in finding a home and more donations.

Thank You

08 Jan 2011 10:35 AM
NancyP

Hi,

I'm concerned about HotStufanthensome finding a new home.  Have you tried The Exceller Fund?  You can contact Gary Contessa or Bonnie Mizrahi (in California).  They do a lot of rescue and if sponsorship is provided will give horses a home.

There is also another lady in California who rescues mainly geldings like Hotstuf and gives them a permanent home.  Unfortunately, I can't remember her name, or the ranch name.  Perhaps you can find her through a search.

Please keep us updated!

08 Jan 2011 11:19 AM
Supah Fan

Thanks for bringing attention to Hotstufanthensome's plight. Unfortunately, it is all to common in the racing industry. Horses, usually geldings, stakes horses, drop to claiming ranks as they age and wear down, and end up heaven knows where. I can name two right now--Ever a Friend has earned over $580,000 and is going down the claiming path; Ball Four, who earned over $722,000, last ran for $5,000. You know he can't be very sound, but "that's horse racing." Where are the former owners who made thousands off these horses? Where are the breeders, who own big farms and have the money to see them through? It's the saddest part of this sport. Additionally, how is it that Thorn Song was raced until he blew out both front hooves from a lingering problem. Then his wealthy owner reportedly collected mortality insurance on Thorn Song while he was still alive and the insurance company took ownership. Is Thorn Song alive or dead? No one will say. His owner is still very much in the business. As long as owners get away with this kind of stuff, racing will not improve its image.    

08 Jan 2011 11:26 AM
MikeM

Lets see...why don't we blame the owners for all of the ills that plague the horseracing industry. There are an awfull lot of people who make money off of the industry so why don't we start including them in the blame game.  Trainers,jocks,VETS,farriers,FEED COMPANIES,track employees,State and local governments. The fact is that owners pay the bills and without them there is no horse racing industry.

08 Jan 2011 11:35 AM
Kim

Just read the story about Smarty's Gold the son of Smarty Jones.

PLEASE owners and trainers these are noble creatures that deserve much better.

08 Jan 2011 12:05 PM
Convene

How very sad this is - and how frequently the story is repeated. Can't we just retire them a little earlier, even if they're "just horses" in so many people's minds. They too have done their part and run their hearts out for someone. Humans are quick to apply for Disability Benefits when they aren't comfy working any more, yet these honest horses are asked to give it all, "just once more," - with a disaster too often the result. I hope Hotstuf finds a safe place to spend his retirment years. I think he deserves something better than what he got.

08 Jan 2011 1:01 PM
DawnStorm

KY Woman, I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.  Wouldn't want to see you turn blue. I seriously doubt that a lot of the major breeders would really care what we have to say. We'd be dismissed as sentimental fools who have no idea what goes on in the industry. *rolls eyes*

And for the person trying to find a horse he once owned--good luck.  It should be easier to track down that horse than you're describing. Especially in this age of social networks, emails, etc.

08 Jan 2011 2:11 PM
Jenna M

My donation is going out today....this gorgeous horse.

08 Jan 2011 7:21 PM
clarinetmama

I have a cousin in the industry (jockey) and she puts it really well by saying that everyone who has ever worked in the horse racing profession should retire a racehorse sometime in their lives....it is their duty after asking so much of these creatures. That would be in a perfect world...  I wish I could take Hotstuff myself, but i have my own 30+ yr old OTTB, who is the love of my life... Thanks for the tip on how to donate!

08 Jan 2011 7:53 PM
Freetex

Is HotStuff really going to Old Friends in March???

If so, how wonderful.

08 Jan 2011 9:11 PM
Merry

Articles such as this are extremely important so that the public knows that the industry really does care for its horses, even is poor Hotstuf's connections didn't.

08 Jan 2011 11:06 PM
Merry

chopman said "the SLAUGHTER HOUSES will be back in 2 years."  I am curious about this since horses are already dragged into the nightmare of Mexico.  Please expound.

08 Jan 2011 11:14 PM
Anne

How about the Kentucky Horse Park. They have an all breed barn.  Another place is Assoc. Humane Socities in New Jersey.  They have a zoo in Forked River, N.J. and took all kinds of animals. They have taken animals that no one else wsanted.

08 Jan 2011 11:46 PM
eightbelles

What a beautiful equisite horse. He has the most soulful face.

I am so sad (and angry) that things like this happen to such wonderful athletes. I watched a you tube video of him when he was in top form and he was really something extra special and a true beauty to behold.

I feel that his people just used him up. So greedy and just plain disgusting. Why is this allowed to happen? I have zero respect for anyone who treats a horse this way. Sadly, I believe it to be a harder life for a gelding. This is why the industry is not respected by the masses.

If only every horse could have owners like Zenyatta's owners.

I am hoping and praying that Old Friends or a simular facility can come through for this special boy.

If I were wealthy, he would be mine and would live a lush life where he would be forever safe and well cared for.

Thank you for bringing this story to us and increasing our awareness.

I would like to stay informed of what transpires and will be praying that he finds a loving and forever home where he can live his life with peace and dignity.

08 Jan 2011 11:56 PM
Bellwether

SAVING "THE OLD WARRIORS"...ITS ABOUT TIME A LOT MORE HUMANS STEP N UP & BEE N COUNTED...ty...

09 Jan 2011 1:50 AM
horseracinglover

Unfortunately this happens ALL the time. There are several racehorses at Camelot in NJ. Many have won money. But if no one adopts them or buys them soon they may well be on their way to Canada. And they are sound. At least he is getting more of a chance than the grand horse Exceller or poor Ferdinan both who ended up on someones dinner table. They had a "Summit of the Horse" meeting in Las Vegas this week. Senator Willis wants to open slaughter houses for horses because China and Russia are 'champing at the bit', for our horses." She wants all the BLM mustangs slaughtered so she can make money. The horse market has fallen so low that only the very upper priced horses/owners are barely affected. Horses with show records that were 20000.00 over 4 years ago are now in the 5000.00 to 1500.00 dollar price range. Google horse rescues and just read. Every single rescue in the country is overwhelmed. Out west and up north in several states horses are being turned loose to fend for themselves. Florida has so many "Black Market" slaughter houses that law enforcement can not keep up. Horses have been murdered in their pastures and stalls there.

I have the knowledge and ability to take care of a horse like Hotstuf however my place is not all pristine and pretty. I also have a rescue I just adopted so room is an issue as well as money. I could only save one.

If this issue would reach the general public it might get more support. Finger Lakes has an adoption program. CANTER is another one that trains OTTB's and has been one of the many groups Zenyatta's owners support.

Have you talked to the Kentucky Horse Park. They take fameous gelding racehorses. Good luck I really wish I could adopt him but unfortunately 4 is my limit. Please make as many people aware of the plight of OTTB's. Maybe the magazine could do an article on what is going on in the horse world as a whole. If people watched the Youtube videos on horses slaughter they might change their mind if they think it is a good way to control the market and excess horse population.

09 Jan 2011 8:39 AM
tbpartnerperson43

A blogger on the Zenyatta website said that Hotstuf has been accepted by Old Friends.  i sure hope that is true.  Can you substantiate that?    I too am in possession of an OTTB, seven years old, who had been claimed from our partnerhsip after being dropped down to get claimed.   I contacted the trainer after the claim and told him I wanted the horse when the owner decided he should come off the track.  This nicely bred horse, with both speed and heart was run 18 times in 12 months,  He retired with a record of 5-0-8 and over $86,000 in earnings.  I gave him a long rest, x-rayed him and tried to put him back in training.  His heart remained, but his legs were shot, so he lives here happily, and this summer I will retrain him.  Had he gone elsewhere, I know in my heart he would have been run till he broke down.  The rescue sites all over the country are full of OTTB's found in auction pens or as in Arizona ,the dessert.  Check out the story of Dyan King aka Gifted  at Heart of Tuscon rescue.  Please let us know about Hotstuf.

09 Jan 2011 1:28 PM
Linda/Maryland

Has anyone adopted this horse yet??

09 Jan 2011 2:01 PM
Mike Relva

MIKE M

So,let's give the owners' a FREE PASS right? This is the part about racing I hate!

09 Jan 2011 3:43 PM
Dena

Why doesn't New Vocations just keep this horse as they have several farms in several locations? It appears they do not want to keep an unsound horse and want somebody else to take it and pay the expenses on it. If New Vocations is going to be an organization that is suppose to help racehorses then they should deal with all kinds of horses instead of picking and choosing which ones they want to help which are the sounder ones. The lame horses are the ones that are the most vulnerable and need the most help.

09 Jan 2011 3:59 PM
Freetex

Any news on Hotstuff?

09 Jan 2011 4:48 PM
Mike Relva

DENA

There's no foundation to what you're saying. That's absurd!

09 Jan 2011 8:28 PM
New Vocations

First of all we would like to thank everyone that has sent in a donation and or e-mailed us suggestions for Hotstuff.  The response has been amazing.  It appears that we have found the perfect permanent home for him.  We are still finalizing the details and will publicize them very soon. Thanks again to everyone who has offered their support and or sent a donation.  There is going to be a very happy ending to this story.

09 Jan 2011 8:31 PM
Christine

I always thought there should be better ways for keeping tabs on injuries, for the horses sake. Yes, the money needs to come from somewhere, and I don't have that answer. I hope someone out there someday does.

Some tracks have funds, as small as they are, to one thing or another. It would be nice if there could be a 'fund' that gave every current racing horse a soundness exam, and if the vet says there needs to be something investigated, the owner is responsible to have it looked at by the vet before the horse can race again, just like being put on the vet list. I know they look at the legs on race day, but this would be more in depth, look into the horses career, performance, watch the horse jog in the barn and gallop on the track. Yes, it would take a very long time, but it might, just might, prevent 2 or 3 horses from breaking down, save a few horses from other avoidable injuries, and could in turn reduce injuries to the jockies.

I know, in a perfect world.

09 Jan 2011 10:17 PM
mary glynn

I was not able to get all the past information on hotstuff. It is sad to think of all the horses who are used and then discarded. My sister had a TB QH That she retired from barrel racing due to a problem in his hoof. He lived with her for 12 afterword with excellent care. We have a 20 year old mare and my 16 year old gelding. We would not discard them Just because they can run barrel's anymore. I know yall don't want to name names but I wish somebody like Steve Haskins would write about the Owners and breeders who do try and do the right thing by the horses. Please somebody tell me there are some Good guys in Racing! If This horse made you money then you should give him a home How do you sleep at night?

10 Jan 2011 1:42 AM
Amy

Let's pray, that the media attention will provide a home for this guy. I wish I had the facility, as I would take him too, like many people.

Some thoughts:

In the dog show world, we in the breed clubs pledge to take back any dog we have bred that is no longer wanted. This works well. Breeders being responsible for what we breed. However, this only works in the dog show world, and maybe a few back yard type breeders. Dogs face the same problem.

Perhaps the througbred breeders could look into this same type of structure.

I personally do not approve of government intervention, as I am a Libertarian sort of gal.

I do like the idea of a thoroughbred fund, and cultural pressure has improved this situation over the years.

This type of media attention on this gelding is great, as it may force the industry into taking care of their own, after racing.

Let's keep an eye on this gelding, and with all the attention, and ideas of retirement facilities being suggested, hope that he finds a home.

Again, I don't have the facility to house a thoroughbred, but this makes me want to improve what I have.

10 Jan 2011 7:31 AM
Missy

Even though it would help if horses like Hotstuf got to keep a portion of his earnings in an "IRA" account, that wouldn't necessarily help the horses that don't make much money.  Many horses never break their maiden and it doesn't mean they are sound, athletic, or suitable for another job.  Not knocking the idea, just saying they probably need more than just that for thousands of horses to live out the last 20+ years of their lifespan.  

Also, while geldings seem on average to be in the most danger, these days there are a lot of decently bred fillies/mares that are not getting a broodmare job and, almost worse, broodmares that don't turn out to be  good producers, or used to be but haven't been profitable in a few years and are culled.  They haven't been working so they don't even look like athletes, may or may not be sound, etc.  Some go to less fancy breeding programs via sales like this week's sale.  Some breeders do have fields of unsuccessful not-pregnant broodmares just 'hanging out'.  However, many go to low end auctions.  I don't have a good idea for them, but we shoudn't forget them.

I know it's fashionable to blame 'overbreeding' but these are not stray cats.  They are bred on purpose by people who really think they are going to produce a race horse.  If we say only certain horses can breed, or only so many matings per stallion we will just narrow the gene pool.  We will still, statisically speaking, surely have many, many unsuccessful horses.  Plus (or more accurately, minus), we may not have the successful horses that were not so 'fashionably' bred at the time and now look like great 'outcrosses' for a lot of mares. Usually for them to be successful, the 'outcross' types need to have stayed sound enough to produce a great race record and get noticed, so they may really be the best for the breed in the long run.  Do we need to be Einstein to figure this out?  (pun intended)

10 Jan 2011 8:54 AM
MikeM

MikeR

The owners should not get a free pass but lets stop making them out to be the evil ones. The facts are they bear the biggest exspense and rarely if ever turn a profit. More can and should be done by the industry as a whole.

10 Jan 2011 10:55 AM
TZ

Here's an update as of 1/8/11: I have contacted Michael Blowen fron Old Friends and he has told me they are scheduled to take this horse in, in March. What is really needed is funding to care for him,so if anyone can donate to Old Friends as I did, and will try to do again, I think it would be greatly appreciated. I would suggest contacting Oldfriends.com and asking Michael how to help. This man has got to be a saint to take in all these horses and giving them a new chance at life.

I'm not affiliated with this organizaton but I admire what he's done and continues to do.

10 Jan 2011 11:25 AM
carla

I remember watching Hotstufanthensome at the track. I am very sorry to hear of his dilemma. At one point in my life I was investigating the road of owning a race horse. My mother and I even went to a TOBA owner’s seminar to learn about the ins and outs of the industry. At this point I knew I was not ready to be an owner due to the expenses and I knew I could never be part of a syndicate knowing that I would not be the only one making a choice for my horse after his racing career was over. I always felt that if and when I do purchase a race horse I always felt I would have to have a piece of property for him after his racing career was over unless I was lucky and he was one of those lucky to be in stud. I think that as there are many great owners, trainers that do take the time to make sure there horse has a place after retirement that there probably more that do not. Great article and hopefully there will be a ray of sunshine for this great horse somewhere in a nice pasture.

10 Jan 2011 12:48 PM
Karen in Indiana

Missy, a horse that fits your argument is Cetewayo. A tough, long campaigning, graded stakes winning horse with a beautiful outcrossing pedigree, but alas, it's not fashionable. He stands in Pennsylvania and breeders should be lined up for him, but it doesn't look like that's been happening. I worry about his future.

10 Jan 2011 12:58 PM
Michael

Michael Blowen is a SAINT and much, much more. You can send donations directly to his farm or you can donate through Ferdinand's Ball which is a Ball held on the Thursday before the Kentucky Oaks at the Frazier Museum in Louisville. If financial support is not an option for you, you can also donate an item for the silent auction. 100% of all money raised goes to Old Friends.

If you would like more information on Ferdinand's Ball, you can e-mail me at pghfans@comcast.net.

I would also URGE anyone to visit Old Friends if you happen to be around or visiting Georgetown, KY. You will not be disappointed.

10 Jan 2011 1:46 PM
Mike Relva

MIKE M

Whatever!!!

10 Jan 2011 3:25 PM
Jaylo

I am happy to see this artical - it brings up the activity of many stables and what happens to retired & injured race horses. I hope Runnin Horse Farm  will step up and do the right thing now that this is in print!

10 Jan 2011 5:58 PM
HorseRescueGal

Sadly, Hotstuf is the exception to the rule of what happens to these magnificent Geldings. The stallions have it better than most and the mares get a better deal too because their money earning potential remains. The geldings are the ones that pay the highest price. As a horse racing fan, gallop girl, groom, trainers' assistant and all the other race track jobs I've held, I love the sport, I've seen it all and I see it for what it is. Sadly my new profession is on the other side of the the fence and I feel I do only a fraction of the good I want too. I now rescue the "broken down" ones. Many of whom have only needed time and even the old ones have turned into amazing family horses. Some of them I'm given by the owners or trainers who would otherwise drop them at the kill sale. Others I purchase from the kill sale. There are so many I can't save but EVERY single one I've purchased has turned into an AMAZING animal and they are all part of wonderful families. I have NEVER had one that didn't turn out. I'm sure I may lose one someday but so far, three years into doing this, it's been a very rewarding, though expensive, endeavor. The problem is in the owners I believe... And I'm good friends with many race horse owners, however, they only are in it for the thrill of racing and the money. Very few realize that these animals pay significant prices for our enjoyment once their 'useful' years are gone... If we could get the word out better. Which articles like this are a HUGE step in the right direction. Maybe something can be done over time to lessen the numbers sent to inhumane, horrific slaughter and other demises.

10 Jan 2011 6:11 PM
tommyt77

I heard that they contacted Old Friends as far back as summer last year when he had finished his rehab and was on pasture turnout and Old Friends refused to take him.

11 Jan 2011 9:11 AM
Dani

My appreciation and admiration for those who rescue, care for, provide homes for and look for new homes for these wonderful creatures knows no end. I just cannot say enough about the dedication and love your efforts make and the difference it makes in a situation that is so dire. Thank you.

11 Jan 2011 10:57 AM
Cris

I think it would be easier to find donations for a horse if we readers knew just how much money we need to donate. Since many of us are pinching every penny to take care of our own horses, and we always find a few extra for a case like his, we would know how to better help if there were some posted fees from the non profits here at the bloodhorse site. Then we can put our money together and make it count.

Would he be able to be a pasture buddy to a young horse? Or would he be better off with a broodmare pasture? I only have two pastures, but he is welcome in mine.

11 Jan 2011 12:13 PM
G.Powell

I am am owner/trainer. I have found homes for all of my racehorses. I personally own one of my racehorses and I make sure that he is taken care of, but there is absolutely NO recognition or reward to people who care in the industry as a whole. I am constantly denied stalls at racetracks and it seems that the trainers who are the most heartless get huge amount of stalls. They should take into consideration the trainer who makes an effort to keep a horse or find a home for it, but this never enters the picture and, consequently, many horses end up with no homes or in the slaughterhourse in Mexico or Canada - make your choice.

11 Jan 2011 4:22 PM
LauraJ

@Tommyt77, assuming that is true (and who knows?), they didn't have room. You must understand that every horse rescue is swamped. Old Friends will be completing a new gelding paddock as soon as the ground softens up enough to allow it to be fenced, which will give them room for Hotstuff and some other geldings.

@Cris, any rescue will be happy with whatever you can afford to give. It all adds up! However, if you want some examples, take a look at the Our Mims Retirement Home website www.ourmims.org. Click on "store" on the menu to your left, then click on "for the ladies" and/or "sponsorships." As an example, a bale of straw for bedding is $3, and hay is $4. So you can see that even a small donation is useful.  Many rescues also need "stuff" and will be happy to provide you with a wish list. (As an example, I donated an unused Staples gift card to a rescue. They all need office supplies.)

11 Jan 2011 5:53 PM
Mike Relva

G. POWELL

It shouldn't be about "recognition",you shouldn't need "a pat on the back". You and others should find it rewarding in what you say your doing. That's academic! Like someone in the business says,"some should be racing cars instead of horses". Couldn't agree more.

11 Jan 2011 5:56 PM
Polly from Louisiana

I have some friends who own and race TBs. They always find homes for their horses. They don't sell the horses, just give them away to good homes.  It may take them some time but they manage to always find a home.  One horse in particular Sandra's Power, I rode  quietly for 6 months, teaching her manners and basic dressage, it was easy because she had such a good work ethic.  I sold her for a small amt of money to the financial advisor of our State Governor.  About a year later I received a large envelope.  In it was a magazine with her picture on the front cover.  She had won grand champion at a big horse show in the east.  Another horse, a gelded son of Danzig, from the same friends, was given to a friend of mine.  Once re-trained, He ended up as a champion steeplchase horse.  Another QH racing mare that I had ended up being a top notch AQHA show mare.  My current OTT TB was a victim of Katrina.  He was a pony horse at the Fairgrounds when Katrina hit.  He ended up at the stockyard ready for slaughter.  He is a gelded son of Lord Rebeau, now a beautiful pasture ornament. He will spend the rest of his days with the best care I can provide.  For the past 20 years I have been taking in ex-race horses, if I can't rehab them, I keep them.  

11 Jan 2011 5:57 PM
eightbelles

I am so happy to hear that Old Friends may be taking this horse. I will doublecheck with their website but if that is in fact true, then that would be wonderful news for this special horse. They do wonderful work and I have been a long time supporter and fan of there organization. Bless them and all others as well who care for horses in the manner that they so richly deserve.

11 Jan 2011 11:37 PM
Maggie

Now that is has been brought up in this forum...The claiming game is perpetuating the problem of run-down horses.  If they did away with let's say anything below $10,000 claiming races, and if a horse could not be competitive at that price, he has to be retired.  Or after a set maximum number of starts, he has to be retired.  What are the opinions on that out there?  Let me know!

12 Jan 2011 12:55 AM
MP

You are all totally missing the point.  Owning race horses changed from being a hobby to a business back in the 80's.  It was our government, and of all people president Reagan, an avid horseman who schanged the tax laws.  Horses are asstes, depreciable over time, if an owner doesnt make a profit, they are denied any exemptions.  I dont care how rich you are, you cannot turn a profit year after year owning race horses.  its a no win situation.  The best plan at this point is for all of you to stop whining and start lobbying to again offer tax credits and write offs for horse owners.  Everyone in the industry is losing money, the horse owners need a bail out to make this happen, lets not forget that the average life span of a horse is 30 years.  From a cold hearted business point of view, when a horse is no longer useful, the accountant steps in and says cut your losses.  Lets change this!

12 Jan 2011 1:00 AM
Maggie

Here is a thought:  The breeder who registers the foal with the Jockey Club (or whoever owns the horse at the time of registration) is required to pay a set fee (let's say $500 for the sake of argument) paid to a central fund overseen by let's say the Jockey Club.  This fee will go toward paying expenses for finding a suitable home after retirement for the horse, including rahabilitation, stabling, training, and vet fees associated with it.  It does NOT mean that the breeder would be responsible for the cost of maintaining the horse "for life"...Just the fee to cover the transition process from retirement to permanent home.  From then on, the new owner would be responsible for the horse, just like it would be in the real world.  Of course, not every horse that paid into the fund would have to draw from it- there would of course be track fatalities that would lower the number of horses in the "pool", and some horses might find forever homes right away, and of course some would go right to the breeding farm.  This fund would naturally help the ones most in need.  Let me know what you think!  

12 Jan 2011 1:06 AM
Keep it public

I am totally disgusted that Hotstufandthensome was used in this way and to ensure it does not happen again, I would love to see him go to the KENTUCKY HORSE PARK.  That way the publuic will see what happens all too often to older geldings and horses on the way down through the ranks.  This horse has earned his connections a lot of $$'s and through it all only asked for love and good care.  Obviously we need a better way of policing these horses and their connections, so that injuries do not get left untreated.

As has been said -Karma will set things straight, but a public example needs to be made.

12 Jan 2011 1:05 PM
New Vocations

We are happy to announce that Hotstufanthensome will be going to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, New York where he will have a forever home.  We are thrilled that Akindale stepped up and offered their services to him.  In return they will send one of their adoptable horses to New Vocations, which will enter the retraining program and eventually find a new home.   This is a perfect example of two programs working together and utilizing their strengths.  Hotstuff is scheduled to be shipped next week, weather permitting.  Another positive side to this story is that Evening Attire who actually raced against Hotstuff is also a resident at Akindale.  It is great that the two will meet up once again.

The support for Hotstuff has been amazing.  We have received close to $2500 in donations.  The donations are greatly appreciated and will cover his board, farrier, and vet bills during the ten months he has been with us.   Any further donations will go towards his shipping and care at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue.  Akindale does have a sponsorship program and will be looking for ongoing sponsors for Hotstuff.  Anyone interested should contact Erin at eclibertybell@aol.com.  For more information on their program you can visit their website at www.akindalehorserescue.org

We apologize for any confusion concerning the rumors of Hotstuff going to Old Friends.  New Vocations had contacted Old Friends numerous times over the past five months but never received any conformation on them accepting him.  We are not sure who posted the information about him going there. If anyone has made a donation for Hotstuff’s care to Old Friends you will need to contact them directly with any questions.

In anyone needs to contact New Vocations they may e-mail us at anna@horseadoption.com or call 937-642-3171.  www.horseadoption.com

12 Jan 2011 2:41 PM
jodi in Indiana

This is happening to other horses.  It would also be good to keep us updated on Dyna King.  He was turned loose on the desert to die. I think part of the horses earning should be put back for their retirement.   Of course....how did an illegal immigrant get Dyna King?????   something wrong with this picture!!!!!

12 Jan 2011 4:19 PM
Nola Ross

what about Exceller Fund?  I am a member and we rescue thoroughbreds no one wants.  it's on the net.  in Lexington

12 Jan 2011 6:04 PM
tasha0927

Hotstuff is going to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue!!!!

12 Jan 2011 6:45 PM
Remember Me Racehorse Rescue

We would like to offer this sweet horse a home.  Please contact me with info on how we can help him.

Donna Keen,

www.teamkeen.com

13 Jan 2011 7:46 AM
keep it public

I know this is off topic.  Dyna King - what happened and how did he end up dumped?

So glad Hotstuf has got a home.

Does Blood Horse or any other online publication have a LIST of retirement charities?

13 Jan 2011 8:49 AM
Keep it Public

Another thought on supporting retirement charities.

In supporting cat and dog charities over the years it isn't always dollars that are required.  Often spare pillows, blankets, towels, sheets, quilts, collars/leashes are just as well received.

I wonder if with a little thought just how much "surplus" stuff in our homes and barns could be used and would be well received by these chatities.

Know of a restaurant or hotel that is replacing all their old linens, try talking to the manager and see if a portion or all could be donated to an animal charity or two or three.

Perhaps you have an old halter, lead rope or blanket kicking around that may be of use to a charity.

Be creative.  I helped a friend in 2010 with the estate of a parent and we donated a load of stuff to animal charities and hospice thrift stores.

Must better than the dump.

13 Jan 2011 10:54 AM
trackgirl

Thank God he has a home. So many are put down, or worse, slaughtered because nobody wants them. I bought two off the track and they are in hog heaven! I have spent more on them than their money worth but their worth to me is priceless! I love them, love them, love them! I only wish I could take more of these precious souls and give them homes. They don't ask to be born, ran into the ground, and left behind, unloved and unwanted. I think breeding should be regulated. Not every horse that steps on a track needs to be bred. This policy would actually strengthen the Thoroughbred lines and produce better horses for the long haul.

I read how only the finest Arabians in ancient times were bred, strengthing that breed. TB breeders should at least consider that.

13 Jan 2011 10:56 AM
ottbotsb

I have adopted many tbs and stbs and can give you another example of irresponsible former owners and trainers. An ottb I adopted had a really bad episodee of very aggressive behavior so I followed up with the trainer (who had no role in placing the horse at the adoption facility) and found out the horse had viciously attacked and severely injured the trainer's wife who was still in ICU. The owner very conveniently forgot to mention this part of the horse's history to the adoption agency. After I contacted the agency and they confirmed this with the trainer, the former owners finally came clean about this horse being extremely dangerous and unpredictable. The adoption agency and myself (a 40 years experienced trainer) made the joint decision to euthanize this horse. We were just thankful that he had not been adopted by a less experienced person who most likely would have been severely injured or even killed when this horse attacked. This is another example of how irresponsible and unethical owners can try to get out of doing the right thing by the horse and putting others at great risk. This is a sad story for this horse, and it could have been a true trajedy had another person been injured or even killed by this gelding.

15 Jan 2011 10:48 AM
horseracinglover

Ok thats great for him but what about the 2009 Kentucky Derby contender sitting in a NJ feedlot slated to go to Canada tomorrow. What about the group of OTTS sitting at another feedlot in NJ all are sound most win money. Their ride to Canada is slated for next week too. If you want to help OTTB's go to the sales at Camelot or New Holland or the sale in Maryland. Thousands go every year to slaughter most are seviceably sound. A horse that won over 200,000.00 went to auction he sold to a killer buyer for 350.00. There are rescues trying to save as many as they can. Goggle horse rescues. Pick one research it then send in a donation which can be written off. Google horse slaughter or look it up on Youtube. You can even look it up on Facebook. Lots of horses are going due to the economy. Help save a horse. Find a reputable rescue and sponser a horse the heart you save could be your own.

16 Jan 2011 10:44 AM
trackgirl

So many people would love to take on one or more of these horses if the word got out that they are cheap or free. I was backside at a local track, summer 2010, talking to a groom. He mentioned a guy with an overcrowded trailer there two days before I was there asking for "discarded" racehorses! I told this groom about one place in particular FRIENDS OF FERDINAND, Inc in Indiana.

www.friendsofferdinand.org

He never heard of it or any other facility! He said he would pass on the information to the owner he worked for. I hope he does! I called a trainer about one horse (listed under track listings) and got TWO horses for the price of one because he does care about his horses. I was messing around on the computer one night in late 2009 and not long after that I was a horse owner!!! They are awesome! I cry thinking what would've been their fate if someone like me didn't go against the odds to take on racers. All three of my kids ride them, (youngest nine) and the horses will follow us around like puppies. Granted, first off they were scared and bewildered but just over 1 year later, they fit right in perfectly. I pick hooves, blanket, groom, and saddle WITHOUT ANY restraints, not even a halter! I have cats and dogs zipping in and out of the barn and between their legs but these horses RESPECT me and I them! So many people could experience this if they give it a chance and if they knew about it. Spread the word about off track thoroughbreds (OTTB's). They ARE worth the time! Thank you.

16 Jan 2011 5:39 PM

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