Good News for TBs
In honor of today’s Breeders’ Cup races being held in Louisville, KY I just wanted to get a shout out to all the good folks who have stepped up and done right by these gorgeous athletes. There are more retirement organizations than ever, more retraining and rehoming programs than ever and an increasing awareness of what can happen to the ones that retire.
The work isn’t done but it’s an excellent uplifting start. Today as we all enjoy watching some of the swiftest horses in the land compete mightily for the amusement of we onlookers let’s wish them all safe journeys and job security! If you like this would be an awesome time to send a donation to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation – especially if you win some money or if one of the competitors has won your heart.
Need a face on it? Then send some money to Michael Blowen of Old Friends in Georgetown, Kentucky. They specialize in retired stallions. Because of how big masculine equines act – these dudes are especially difficult to rehome. Michael gives ‘em each their own paddock to keep them safe from each other’s natural instincts to fight. Tricky business.
And there’s The Second Race? Here’s an organization that connects retired thoroughbreds out in southern California with new homes. Thoroughbreds come into this world for our entertainment, folks like Mr. Blowen and Sharla Sanders out west help them retire or get re-employed with the dignity we all assume each one enjoys. In fact many end up in far unhappier situations. But thanks to small donations that can really add up – more and more move on just the way we all hope they will!