Category: Turning for Home

Slaughter is a Dirty Word

Slaughter is a Dirty Word

By Barbara Luna, The Blood-Horse | The American Association of Equine Practitioners was first to call them “unwanted horses” in 2005. Three years later U.S. slaughter plants were closed with no plans or funding in place to deal with the consequences. Rather than cut the number of horses slaughtered annually, the closures forced dealers to move their stock across the […]

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Sarah Beth Glicksteen/Special to The Christian Science Monitor

A horse rescuer who saves thoroughbreds headed to slaughterhouses

By Margaret Guthrie, The Christian Science Monitor | Little girls often fall in love with horses. Erin Hurley did at age 8 when she learned to ride. Her mother gave her a horse of her own when Erin turned 10. “My mom paid $200 for him,” Ms. Hurley recalls. “Bucky was my first love.” Not every little girl, however, grows […]

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Radio Interview with WHYY

An organization on the grounds of Philadelphia Park is leading the nation in finding homes for ex-racing thoroughbreds. Race horses take a beating on the track and the average age of one of these animals is four years old, but their life expectancy is twenty to thirty years. What do they do with the rest of their lives? If the […]

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Saving Grace

Saving Grace

By Margaret Guthrie, The Blood-Horse | It’s early January with record cold temperatures in the 20s, according to the local bank sign. Every horse at the South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue and Adoption farm is blanketed, actually double-blanketed. They appear comfortable, looking healthy and happy, standing out under the weak sun, munching carrots and just being horses. Little do they know […]

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From Racetrack to Re-Homing: Giving Retired Thoroughbreds a Second Chance

From Racetrack to Re-Homing: Giving Retired Thoroughbreds a Second Chance

By Amy Worden, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer | More than a year ago I picked up a copy of Pennsylvania Equestrian and read a fascinating story about a new retirement program for ex-race horses at Philadelphia Park. It wasn’t a case of a track simply throwing some money at a non-profit adoption group as many do, but laying out a no-kill auction […]

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Betting On Creating Bonds

Betting On Creating Bonds

By Annie Tasker, The Bucks County Intelligencer | A new Special Equestrians program will pair at-risk teens with injured racehorses. The staff at Special Equestrians wasn’t sure how a former racehorse would react to life away from the track. But Goodman’s Girl, a 5-year-old thoroughbred who raced 21 times before injuring her leg, was resting comfortably in her new stall and munching on […]

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Inside Track: Turning Things Around

Inside Track: Turning Things Around

By Esther Marr, The Blood-Horse | Barbara Luna has spent most of her life working in various aspects of the Thoroughbred industry, from hot walking horses as a college student, to becoming a licensed owner and trainer later on down the road. Throughout her endeavors she discovered that even greater than her love of campaigning runners was the passion that […]

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Turning for Home: PTHA Founds a Thoroughbred Horse Rescue with Teeth

Turning for Home: PTHA Founds a Thoroughbred Horse Rescue with Teeth

One of the horses Turning for Home has available for adoption is Our Wildcat, a nine- year-old gelding, who earned $486,528. The son of Forest Wildcat won 14 of 71 starts, and was a multiple stakes winner. By Suzanna Bush, Pennsylvania Equestrian | Thousands of horses in America join the sad parade of unwanted horses each year. They face uncertain […]

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