All hands on deck to help Suffolk Thoroughbreds

CROSS-POSTED FROM OFF-TRACK THOROUGHBREDS by SUSAN SALK An outpouring of help from horsemen, volunteers and businesses has coalesced into “a remarkable hands on effort” to help ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds in the somber waning days of the Suffolk Downs racetrack. So says Dawn Carey Kirlin, CANTER New England board member, who along with Kim Rigolini and many… Continue reading All hands on deck to help Suffolk Thoroughbreds

Big winner nearly dies on the way to slaughter

Cross-posted from Off-Track Thoroughbreds WRITTEN BY SUSAN SALK All that money, nearly a half million dollars worth of racetrack winnings, couldn’t help her as she thrashed in panic and fear. Flailing beneath the hooves of 30 other terrified horses, last December in a tractor-trailer heading for a Canadian slaughterhouse, once-winning race mare Press Exclusive had… Continue reading Big winner nearly dies on the way to slaughter

Off the track Thoroughbred helps stricken police detective stay strong

Cross-posted from Off-Track Thoroughbreds by SUSAN SALK A homicide detective with a wasting disease and an ex-racehorse who lacked the appeal to attract a new owner, each found their second chance, with one another. After Susan Kimball was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease, a rare degenerative disorder that can confine its victims to a wheelchair, she… Continue reading Off the track Thoroughbred helps stricken police detective stay strong

A partly blind ex-racehorse is Orb’s go-to pony

WRITTEN BY SUSAN SALK Cross-posted from Off-Track Thoroughbreds WELL, WELL Nearly blind in one eye, and possessing none of the flash and pizzazz of more beautiful racehorses, the plain bay Thoroughbred spent most of his life shirking the limelight. Well Well was a weird little horse, recalls his longtime rider Priscilla Godsoe. Though he had… Continue reading A partly blind ex-racehorse is Orb’s go-to pony

Racehorse Mascot won $240K, sold for $60 at New Holland

Mascot. Source Image.

Cross-posted from Off-Track Thoroughbreds WRITTEN BY SUSAN SALK Mascot didn’t even look good to the kill buyers. Skinny, limping and filthy, he went for a mere $60 at Monday’s New Holland Auction in Pennsylvania. In his career as a racehorse, he earned $241,901 for his owners, working right from the start with some of the… Continue reading Racehorse Mascot won $240K, sold for $60 at New Holland

A racehorse brings joy to a disabled child

Dick G. Source image.Off the track racehorse Dick G. Source image.

Cross-posted from Off-Track Thoroughbreds Written by SUSAN SALK "Timmy Summer’s frail arm rose slightly away from his wheelchair, as he willed it toward the giant animal. A moment later, his small hand rested against the soft spot just underneath the bay gelding’s muzzle. "Yielding to the little boy’s touch, and his own apparent desire to… Continue reading A racehorse brings joy to a disabled child