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Sparrow Castle
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Tue Aug 23, 2016 1:14 am

King Congie saved from slaughterhouse
King Congie last raced in April 2012, and following a career-ending injury, West Point provided surgery to assure his quality of life as a retiree. When Rosemary reached out about the horse’s identity, West Point was surprised to find him in such condition, as he had fallen through the cracks after the partnership seemingly secured his retirement.

“He was adopted by a friend of reputable farm owner in Saratoga. So saddened to hear somebody could do this to such a special horse,” West Point posted on its social media outlets.

West Point plans to assume the costs associated with King Congie’s care.

“We’re adopting him, and he’ll be picked up in a few days. He’ll have a great life,” West Point said.
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Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:21 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:King Congie saved from slaughterhouse
King Congie last raced in April 2012, and following a career-ending injury, West Point provided surgery to assure his quality of life as a retiree. When Rosemary reached out about the horse’s identity, West Point was surprised to find him in such condition, as he had fallen through the cracks after the partnership seemingly secured his retirement.

“He was adopted by a friend of reputable farm owner in Saratoga. So saddened to hear somebody could do this to such a special horse,” West Point posted on its social media outlets.

West Point plans to assume the costs associated with King Congie’s care.

“We’re adopting him, and he’ll be picked up in a few days. He’ll have a great life,” West Point said.
More: http://www.drf.com/news/king-congie-sav ... ghterhouse
Thanks for posting this, Sparrow Castle. Another close call and a very lucky horse. Seems like just yesterday we were watching him run against Shackleford in the 2011 Preakness. Thank you to West Point and the people that care about him - and the best of luck to King Congie from here on out...

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Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:00 pm

Going to make this more about the fabulous Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation than the Borells by posting this here.

Mercer County Horses Thriving at TRF
Two months after being rescued from a dire neglect case in Mercer County on a farm leased by trainer Maria Borell and her father, the six horses entrusted to the inmates at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Blackburn Correctional Facility are thriving.

While many of them still have months to go in their recovery, each of the six being cared for at the Lexington, Kentucky TRF farm has put on between 100-200 pounds and appear to be happy and in good health.
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Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:25 pm

A pox on both Borells. :evil:
If punishment were measured out by Karma, they'd both be shut in a dark, dank stall with nothing but shavings to eat.
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Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:57 pm

This article identifies by name some of the horses owned by others.

State, Borells Clash Over Horses' Ownership
Besides the Borells, four other parties have come forward to claim ownership in five of the horses after the Office of the State Veterinarian posted photos and information on the horses in its database on stray and abandoned horses. Those parties are permitted to intervene in the suit to claim ownership or interest in the horses.

Other owners who have claimed ownership or ownership interests include Gersen Racing (Princess Megan, Valerio, and an unnamed 3-year-old Offlee Wild male out of Princess Megan.) Jack "Trey" Willoughby III and Randy Polley claim ownership interests in Sheza Fun Sponge. Joshua Mentzer claims an ownership interest in an unnamed 4-year-old filly out of Bald N Blue, by Colonel John.
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... -ownership
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Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:09 am

Some nice personal stories in here.

How ex-racehorses are playing a major role in the rehabilitation of offenders
https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/arti ... offenders/
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Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:16 pm

Bravo to Fox Hill Farms, Victoria, Angie, and MaryLu (and any others who are working to make this happen)!

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As many of you know, the case of abused and abandoned horses belonging to the Borells brought to light problems that exist in Kentucky that hinder getting proper help for these horses. One problem is that the current laws don't properly protect horses, so Fox Hill Farm hired an attorney who is working toward getting these laws changed.

A second problem is that there is no place to house and care for horses who are in the midst of abuse investigations. To this end, we're very happy to announce that a new non-profit has been established called The Equine Sanctuary Center of Kentucky.

Investigations and then moving through the legal system can take months or even years in abuse cases. Finding proper housing at their own expense is what can make a County reluctant to go through with confiscations of the horses.

Current non-profits such as New Vocations, Kentucky Equine Humane Center, and others are designed to take possession of surrendered horses to put through their rehabilitation and adoption programs. They do not have the resources available to house possibly dozens of horses for a lengthy period of time, leaving less or perhaps no room to bring in the horses that they are designed to help.

The Equine Sanctuary Center is the only State accredited 501c3 non-profit designed to foster and care for equines confiscated by the counties in the state of Kentucky. The mission and goal is to provide the state with a safe place to house the horses so that they will act quickly to remove horses from abusive and possibly life-threatening situations. Once the cases have gone through the court system, the Equine Sanctuary will network with reputable organizations such as the ones named above to place the horses in adoptive homes. While Thoroughbred horses will be a focus, the Equine Sanctuary Center will be available to all breeds of horses.

Angie Cheak and Marylu Ernsting, working in consultation with Rusty Ford of the Department of Agriculture, are the co-founders of The Equine Sanctuary Center. Victoria Keith of Fox Hill Farm was asked to be their Board Chair, and she was honored to accept that position. We are excited to see this much-needed resource be made available to law enforcement officials so that the horses get the care they need.

For more information, you may call:
Victoria Keith, Board Chair, 859-227-5441
Marylu Ernsting, Co-Founder & Vice Board Chair, 502-542-1673
Angie Cheak, Co-Founder & Executive Director, 859-325-5285
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Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:34 pm

To the folks who have donated their time and money to make this happen; you are all angels. <3
The work to change Kentucky's limp animal protection laws must still go on, but at least with this sanctuary, the horses won't have to wait while the lawyers rassle it out.
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Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:22 pm

Finally....
Court Rules Borells Have No Claim To Mercer County Horses, Animals Released For Adoption
Charles and Maria Borell no longer have legal claim to the 43 horses found abandoned at a Mercer County, Ky. farm they leased, according to a circuit court ruling this week.
Mercer County Circuit Court Judge Darren Peckler ruled that 36 of the abandoned horses can now be adopted out to permanent homes, ending a months-long limbo that left volunteers, private donors, non-profits, and the state department of agriculture holding the bag for the horses' care.
People came forward with proof of ownership for six of the 43 horses. One was euthanized due to neurological issues.
Charles Borell, who entered an Alford plea in charges associated with the case last month, had already relinquished his ownership of the remaining horses. According to the Daily Racing Form, the ruling primarily applies to Maria Borell.

Read more at Daily Racing Form
http://www.paulickreport.com/horse-care ... -adoption/

I hope that good folks step up to give these horses loving homes, but I wonder if many of them are going to end up staying with the rescue.
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Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:10 pm

This crap has got to stop!

"How many times does one mare have to ship to slaughter before she actually does land in a safe home?

La Gran Raquel, once again with the killers!

Google is an excellent resource and I quote "Of note, the dam of GRAN BID, LA GRAN RAQUEL, was recently bought along with a few others from a horse auction and her fate at the time was unknown. Now, La Gran Raquel, thanks to the generosity of Josie DePaulo and Jessica Alexandra, has a safe home."

The mistakes made in the above quote were that she was not bought from auction by any safe home, she was bought by the killers at auction and she was obviously not in a safe home.

TWICE she has ended up with the killers. :evil:
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Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:22 pm

It makes you wonder how many others just quietly landed back in the slaughter pipeline without attracting notice.
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Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:31 am

Catalina wrote:It makes you wonder how many others just quietly landed back in the slaughter pipeline without attracting notice.
I fear way too many still. These wonderful rescues are doing their best to "save one horse at a time," and sometimes the same horse more than once. It's not going to catch all of them, but certainly better than nothing.

The sad story of La Gran Raquel's rescue is on Mindy Lovell's Facebook page, as well as other stories. Mindy lives in Ontario Canada and operates Transitions Thoroughbreds.
https://www.facebook.com/mindy.lovell?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

Dawn Mellon is in California and is President of After the Finish Line. Some recent stories from her website below.
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=534768592
After the Finish Line received a grant for $12,000 in June to save slaughter bound Thoroughbreds. We call this rescue program, "TAKE ME HOME". We worked with three aftercare organizations, Humanity for Horses, Changing Fates Equine Rescue and Omega Horse Rescue, to save the lives of 6 horses. These are the beautiful horses we helped.

In July we helped save the first horse named MOM'S DREAM. She earned over $100k racing before becoming a broodmare. She was found standing in a kill pen at the age of 17. Mom’s Dream now lives in a beautiful green pasture with her new horse friends.

In August we were able to save I'M ON MY OWN from a California auction. She had been with a hoarder and given little food. She was sent to auction and was purchased by Humanity for Horses. I’m On My Own will not transition into a second career. Instead she will be retired.

In September we saved ANNABEL LEE. Omega Horse Rescue was not planning to rescue a horse until they noticed that someone intentionally cut tattoo on the upper lip of the horse with a razor blade. The horse received medical treatment at New Bolton Center. Annabel Leigh’s lip has healed and she is in training for a hunter career.

After the Finish Line was also able to save FESTA TIME from auction in September. He had 27 starts racing at Monmouth Park with earnings totaling $42k. When his owner passed away, he was re-homed. Festa Time was put in training for a hunter career. He was soon discovered at the auction by Omega Horse Rescue and saved with our grant funds. Festa Time was recently adopted to his forever home.

After the Finish Line provided funding to save SUM ONE'S SECRET. She was rescued by Changing Fates Equine Rescue her in October. This 13 years old mare only started in three races and never hit the board. Her last race was at Charlestown

WHISTLE INCLUDED was rescued from auction with funding supplied by After the Finish Line. He earned over $128k racing 46 times with 5 wins, 6 places and 10 shows. He was vanned off Mountaineer Race Track in July of this year. When Omega Horse rescue had his ankle X-rayed, they discovered his ankle was damaged from racing and he could not be kept comfortable. Saved Whistle was humanely euthanized.
There are many others like them, too many to list. They all could use more funding, but there is also a capacity issue. Good organizations do not rescue horses unless they or someone else can provide homes for them. They share resources and information and work as a network when needed. They are an amazing group of people, who deserve much credit.

The rest of us who are able to can adopt an OTTB, donate to a rescue/retraining/rehoming group or three or five, and/or support fund-raising organizations and events. That makes it possible to save from slaughter "one horse at a time," but won't catch them all or end the problem.
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Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:07 pm

Mercer County Rescue Update
It never ceases to amaze how quickly mistreated horses can make a full comeback with patience, care and a whole lot of love.

This has been true ever since the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launched its Second Chances Program at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in New York back in 1984. That program has expanded to nine different states and uses former racehorses to teach inmates a vocation in horse care and management and even greater lessons of trust and mutual respect.

One of the TRF’s more recent Second Chances success stories is at the Blackburn Correctional Facility in Lexington, Ky. There, horses that were part of a now infamous rescue of 43 horses from Mercer County last summer are flourishing. The horses had been abandoned for weeks, with many suffering from severe malnutrition and one afflicted with a serious foot abscess.

“Z Camelot was the worst of the group,” said Linda Dyer, Second Chances Farm Manager at Blackburn. “The veterinarians thought he could die. Personally, I had never seen a horse so starved that he just had skin — what was left of it – and skeleton. There was no muscle left on his body at all.
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Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:55 pm

Parhelion and Silver Cliff are so cute! Happy to see these horses doing well.
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Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:56 pm

Hope this is true and it works out well for horses.

Kentucky House Unanimously Passes Bill to Define Horses as Livestock in Kentucky Law
SB 139 now goes to the Governor's desk to be signed into law.
“Additionally, despite some confusion, this bill in no way opens the door for horse slaughter in Kentucky, or weakens horse protection laws. In fact, on this same day, the Legislature gave final passage to House Bill 200 to make it easier for local officials to intervene and remove horses in abuse and neglect cases. These bills combined will greatly benefit the entire equine industry in Kentucky, and help to solidify our global role as the Horse Capital of the World.”

Osborne, an owner of both Thoroughbreds and Saddlebreds, said the bill affords protections to horse farmers in ways that might surprise people.

“You can’t be included in an agricultural conservation district unless you are a livestock and agricultural enterprise,” he said. “Well, horses were not included in that definition until now. It gives you certain advantages and legal standings as far as zoning, city annexation, things like that…. Right now, it’s a crime to cut somebody’s fences if they have cattle or other livestock. But horses are not defined in that statute.”
https://www.horseswork.com/news/kentuck ... tucky-law/

House Bill 200:
Amend KRS 525.130, relating to cruelty to animals in the second degree, to allow a court to order an offender to pay restitution for the upkeep of a horse involved in the offense and terminate the offender's interest in the horse involved in the offense.
https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/HB200/2017
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Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:43 pm

Not news to us, but seems a timely reminder about the benefits of retiring and owning one of these old War Horses. [Plus Mary Tate is a local here.]

Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Don’t Discount The ‘War Horse’
All too often Thoroughbred trainer, off-track Thoroughbred agent and OTTB advocate Mary Tate hears the same description from clients looking to purchase a horse off the racetrack as a riding or competition mount.

“We're looking for something between the ages of three and five years old with less than 20 starts,” horse shoppers tell her when listing their criteria for a potential purchase.

“People miss out on seeing some really nice options that check all the boxes they're looking for because they fixate on their age or a higher number of starts as a negative,” said Tate, whose string is currently stabled at Emerald Downs near Seattle, Wash. “To me, it's just the opposite, and I've seen the results to prove it.”

There are few more qualified to hold that opinion than Tate. The lifelong horsewoman, who achieved a career first this past weekend when two half-brothers she trains and co-owns won races on the same card (making it even sweeter, their half-sister won that day as well at Aqueduct). Tate has helped place hundreds of horses over the years through her “Retiring Racehorses – Pacific NW” Facebook page and her vast network of equestrians around the country.
https://www.paulickreport.com/features/ ... war-horse/
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Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:26 pm

This is from a real horse soldier and rescue. Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center


Meet "Keeper" he is a yearling thoroughbred colt that was part of the Humane Plus event held over the weekend at Quarryville, where owners could drop off horses that they no longer wanted. A group of volunteers also went to New Holland and bought a group of animals including a small herd of thoroughbred yearlings, the majority of them were in very poor condition and had injuries along with being weak, some had large hocks and ankles.

I was very concerned about his condition so when the vet was here yesterday we had them evaluate him and pull blood.

The news is not good he has what they think is a disease called Lawsonia, in order for him to survive he would need to be on plasma, IV antibiotics, and fluids, without treatment he will die. Some of these animals do survive but it has to be aggressive treatment and intervention, he's also covered in lice from head to toe and he doesn't even know how to lead. The estimated cost for him to receive treatment at New Bolton and he would need to be in the isolation unit is about $5k, those costs could rise and he could still die. Last night I stayed in the barn until very late looking at him and the other two that I had brought home, sometimes there just are no words to explain all the emotions and feelings that I experience in a day's time when dealing with so many tragedies. I am a realist and I realize that we can't save every animal but sometimes you do want to try, I am truly on the fence as to what to do here as we would need to raise a lot of money in a very short amount of time if we were going to try. No animal should be brought into this world without an intended purpose and a responsible owner seeing that that animal reaches that goal, along with having a long-term realistic plan for that animals welfare and future.
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Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:06 pm

Update on one of the 43 horses rescued from the Mercer County mess.

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#TransformationTuesday An incredible turn around for Z Camelot, who came to TRF to be nursed back to health after an awful neglect case!
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