Fans of Barbaro help save his relation Dyna King

Cross-posted from Sports


Dyna King
Dyna King has been restored to full health thanks to Judy Glore of the Heart of Tuscson equine rescue and Fans of Barbaro after he was found wandering in the desert near death. Image / KIM REIS

The horse was scrawny and matted and so sick, he could stand for only minutes at a time.

When Arizona animal-control officers found the thoroughbred wandering the desert last December, they considered immediately euthanizing the animal.

But someone suggested they bring the horse to Judy Glore at the Heart of Tucson, an equine rescue center. She sat with the dying horse.

“He had more fight in his eyes than any other horse I’d seen in my life,” she says.

She soon learned why: He came from a family of fighters. The tattoo on the horse’s inner lip revealed he was Dyna King, son of Dynaformer, who also sired Barbaro.

And then Glore knew where she could go for help to pay for the horse’s expensive care.

Since Barbaro’s death in 2007, an informal network of supporters known as the Fans of Barbaro has, by rough estimates, saved thousands of horses and donated more than $1 million to their care.

“They’ve been very, very generous. Actually, to call them generous is an understatement,” says Dr. Dean Richardson, the center’s chief of surgery and Barbaro’s veterinarian. “They want something good to come out of a very bad outcome.”

In his younger days, Dyna King ran 56 races and had been nominated to run in the Kentucky Derby in 2000, Glore says. His last race was at Tucson’s Rillito Racetrack in 2007. He was 10 years old.

“At one time, he had grooms and good care and was just treated like a prince,” Glore says.

After Dyna King retired from racing, his owner gave him to a friend. The horse was handed down that way until his last owner, a Mexican immigrant, was deported, and Dyna King was left to wander in the desert.

Glore says that when she first saw the horse, she assumed he was about 20. His ribs were prominent and his feet were abcessed. He couldn’t stand for more than 5 minutes at a time.

But he had the will to live.

“I had no idea who he was, and now people send me emails and tell me Dynaformer is one big, tough cookie and he makes tough babies,” Glore says. “I believe it, because I’ve watched this horse. This whole family of horses has got this fire, this really strong spirit to live.”

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4 thoughts on “Fans of Barbaro help save his relation Dyna King”

  1. The answer is not Banning racing, Racing has been around forever , it does have its place, and I know the horses love it, its the industry that needs to be changed, horses are very competitive they love to run, and thousands have found their place there……if it were not for Racing where would these horses be????? At the BLM in concentration camps???????? Would they be sent to slaughter, Racing has a place for them, they just need to be more respectful to them, and have a no slaughter clause and a fund set up the every winning horse contributes a percentage of the purse to retired or injured race horses, then we got something good for them…………………. It is GREED that ruins RACING>>>>>>>>>>>>>


  2. It is horrible that the horse race industry and people in it treat these wonderful animals as disposable. They make their money on them and throw them away without a thought. I am glad that this horse was saved. I feel aweful for the thousands upon thousands of race horses that suffer the cruelty of slaughter each year. Horse racing needs to be banned.


  3. I am a huge Barbaro Fan, followed his career and his illness to the end, What a magnificent Horse, i was not aware of Dyna King and this story, I am so very happy that he is doing great now, This is the problem with racing , some of these owners have no respect, they have a wonderful horse who gives to them their all and wins for them all kinds of money , only to end up like Dyna King and even worse….. I am ashamed of some of the Human people…….To have this type of horror bestowed on these beautiful trusting Horses, is a HUGE CRIME and should be followed back to the source, there must be a change if Racing is to survive………….. This kind of disrespect to a horse is unforgivable…….. As Caretakers of these beautiful magnificent beings some Humans STINK, and should be made to pay for their actions………………..


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