Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Waters Now Smooth For Rough C’s Ahead

by | 02.06.2018 | 3:39pm
Rough C's Ahead in his new home

About a year ago, Rough C's Ahead got more ink after a ninth-place claiming run than most allowance horses do in their whole lifetimes. The Marvin Davis trainee struggled home last in his third career start at Fair Grounds on Dec. 29, 2016 and was listed for sale on social media by Thompson's Horse Lot and Co on Jan. 3. No one knew it whenever he passed through the gates, but Rough C's Ahead left the track just ahead of an EHV-1 outbreak which would plague Fair Grounds for several weeks and his presence in the receiving barn meant state animal health officials went looking for him. His discovery in the hands of self-proclaimed kill buyers sparked public outrage and discussion of racetrack anti-slaughter policies.

Fortunately for the flashy chestnut, he escaped both EHV-1 and a long trailer ride south within a few hours of appearing online. Dinah Moors and Samantha Molyneaux, frequenters of online kill pen listings, fell in love with Rough C's Ahead's photo and raised the money to bail him. Then, they found out about the EHV-1 threat at Fair Grounds. Because the gelding had been exposed, Louisiana's Department of Agriculture wouldn't let the horse leave the kill pen for a few weeks until officials could be sure he wasn't in danger of falling ill. Then, they had a whole new problem – how could they make sure it was safe to introduce the chestnut to their own herd?

“Up here, things like that are a really big deal. We needed the horse to go to some type of proper quarantine and we couldn't find anywhere to take him because he'd been exposed to EHV,” said Moors.

Eventually, they found a private farm in Louisiana which works with many kill pen rescues and quarantined the horse on-site for another 30 days when he shipped north to Moors' farm in Illinois. From there, Molyneaux took over and brought the horse with her when she moved to Georgia.

“He was the typical kill pen case: weight loss, bad feet because they've been standing in the muck and everything, swelling in hind legs from bacterial infection, rain rot, worms, general ill health. It's disgusting,” said Moors.

Molyneaux and Moors guess it took three months or so before they got Rough C's Ahead back to the picture of health, and his personality began to show through. He was always sweet but became more of a “goofball” as his weight came back.

“From the get-go he was a really solid guy,” said Molyneaux. “Dinah and I had discussed it and I said, ‘I'll keep the horse if I can't find somebody who understands his story and loves him the way we do.' I went through a lot of people who were interested in flipping him and I always said he needed to go someplace where someone had followed the story and understood.”

Moors and Molyneaux say it's emotionally exhausting to fight what feels like an uphill battle with the kill pen system.

“It makes you very sad because they're nice horses and they have futures. Why are people throwing them away?” asked Moors.

“Louisiana has a problem,” Molyneaux agreed.

Rough C's Ahead around the time he was bailed from a kill pen in Louisiana

Meanwhile, outside of Wilmington, N.C., Jennifer Witkowski was mourning the loss of her horse to cancer a few weeks earlier and was not looking to take on a new partner just yet. She saw social media postings for horses in trouble from time to time but kept hearing about the same chestnut OTTB.

“I had a friend from Georgia, a friend from Chicago, and a friend from California all call and tell me about this horse,” said Witkowski. “I'm not a religious person and I don't believe in fate, which makes this all weirder to me, but everyone kept saying, ‘There's this horse and we kind of had the feeling that you need to have him. This is a horse you're supposed to have.'

“I'm old school: You vet test everything, you test ride everything, but I called and said, ‘When can I come pick him up?' I questioned if I was insane myself but drove down to Atlanta and came back with him.”

Witkowski quickly learned the gelding is more puppy dog than horse, proving to be one of the sweetest OTTBs she has encountered. On his first day in his new home, Rough C's Ahead lay down and put his head in Witkowski's lap.

“It was the sweetest, most ridiculous Disney thing I could have imagined,” she said.

Witkowski and Rough

Witkowski grew up riding outside of Chicago, where many of the barn's mounts were off-track horses, so she is no stranger to legging up OTTBs. Normally, she gives hers 90 days of letdown, followed by slow hacks and easy rides focusing on the basics. With “Rough,” she strapped on her mouth guard, helmet, and safety vest, preparing for a few exuberant bucks in their first ride together, and she got … nothing. The pair walked, trotted, and cantered both directions with no fireworks on their first time out.

“I know why he lost: he is a lazy horse,” she said. “He'll run in the pasture and my Percheron will outrun him. He's like, ‘That's fine, you go ahead!' He doesn't have that race drive in him.”

Witkowski hopes one day Rough will make an eventer, but it's a little early to tell what he will enjoy most. For now, the pair are waiting out the winter weather to begin training in earnest and just learned they were accepted into the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project. Rough spends his days in Witkowski's backyard, where he can occasionally pops by the house to check on her.

“He tries to get into my bedroom,” she laughed. “I have a big back porch that my bedroom opens up to, and he's been found on the porch more than once now. Just kind of looking in the window like, ‘Watcha doing?' He's very sweet and in your pocket, and I think that's what devastated me so badly. I've seen horses go to slaughter before that had problems or couldn't be turned around but for the life of me I can't understand how something this sweet got thrown away.”

On their eleventh ride, Witkowski and Rough enjoyed a seaside stroll

According to the Louisiana Racing Commission, a Marvin Davis (there is more than one in their licensing system) had his license suspended in 2017 for an unpaid debt. Equibase indicates the Marvin Davis who trained Rough has not saddled a horse since mid-February 2017.

Witkowski understands the complexities of enforcing racetrack anti-slaughter policy (the biggest difficulty being the authority's ability to prove an owner or trainer knew a horse would be going to slaughter at time of sale), but believes the current system just isn't enough.

“It's a problem, all these trainers claiming, ‘I thought he was going to a summer camp!' Really? Really, did you think that?” she said, citing a common refrain among connections whose horse is later found in a kill pen. ”It's hard because I don't know what the best answer is. As a horse person, I get so frustrated with this. But at least putting him in the (Thoroughbred Makeover) would bring some light to this.”

That's also the reason Witkowski hasn't changed the horse's name. “Rough” doesn't suit his personality at all, but it's important to her people recognize the former kill pen case.

“I ultimately made the decision to keep his name because I hope Marvin Davis finds out about this,” she said. “I hope that it gets far enough that he sees. You threw him away. But he didn't need to be.” 

  • Deb

    Honestly, these are the best horses around. He really is a pretty horse. Good luck and thanks to all who picked this boy up!

  • Linda Daly

    Wonderful for Rough Cs…yet tragic as NOTHING HAS CHANGED re: kill pens and horses going straight there from the track. “… sparked public outrage and discussion of racetrack anti-slaughter policies…” Another story, another quote. Give us some change Louisiana Racing Commission and ALL the tracks that do nothing to stop the flow.

    • Lehane

      Couldn’t agree with you more!

    • Minneola

      They speak the words of wanting to stop this flow but their actions just go to show how hypocritical they are! May karma follow them on their judgment day.

  • whirlaway

    What a pretty face and sweet bright eye on this horse. I dread to think of the outcome for this horse if Dinah and Samantha had not rescued him. Once again it is not one state or one track no throughbred is safe from people that do not care and owners need to step up and take responsibilty for their horses and not agree to just let a horse go someplace without doing due
    diligence to be sure all points covered. Sorry no excuses.

  • Lehane

    As Boyd Martin maintains, these thoroughbreds are just as good as the other breeds in eventing. Many OTTB’s in Australia have done extremely well in eventing. One of my OTTB’s went on to showjumping and competed in the Asia Cup several years, he was the only horse that cleared every jump.

    • Larry sterne

      An. Athlete is an athlete hope breed prejudice doesnt effect horse selection
      Choosing a off the track horse means one less other horse is bred. Many are well started and just need to be given the restart drill.

      • Larry Ensor

        While I don’t entirely disagree. I am a 100% TB guy, racing or sport. But unlike most on this forum I am also well versed in the Eventing and H/J sport horse world. TBs have will always have a reasonable demand/interest in the Eventing world. Mainly for their superior abilities, endurance in Cross Country and the athletic abilities in Stadium. But it take a very special one to be competitive in the 3rd discipline, Dressage. Top Dressage horses, even low level dressage horses are very much purpose bred. So “breed” very much is considered in selection I promise you.

        In the Hunter world TBs are very much the step child. I know a lot of people, trainers in that discipline. Maybe, 1 in 10 will even consider a Thoroughbred. The majority of those who post looking for a Hunter prospect pretty much always say “No TBs”.

        Jumper people are more receptive.

        The bottom line, the perception is OTTBs are a dime a dozen, hot, difficult, bad feet, come with soundness issues, etc.

        Sport horse trainer friends of mine for the most part love Thoroughbred. But as they the “market” doesn’t. Sport horse trainers make a good part of their income from “sales”.

        It cost a fair bit of money and time for “just need to be given the restart drill” to get a retired racehorse to the level that average low level sport horse owner/rider can handle. “Market forces” at this time hardly ever allows this to be profitable. Let alone covering expenses.

        I posted a fabulous Hunter type mare on our Face Book page. Lovely mover and very good jumper, perfect lead changes. But not a push button ride. I was only asking a few thousand dollars. She and her videos got at last check over 5,000 views! Over 40 very complementary comments and lots of “shares”. ONLY 3 people showed genuine interest.

  • Patricia Diers

    What a beautiful horse. disgusts me beyond words how people can do this…I am so happy he had a happy landing after all– No more “Rough C’s” for him.

  • Bella

    It is truly a sin and a tragedy that such a thing as “kill pen” for these magnificent horses could even exist. It shakes me to the core to know what these wonderful animals endure when they are headed for the end of their lives. May God bless anyone who rescues them and all those who work hard to make people aware of these terrible circumstances that fall into the innocent horse.They do not deserve this fate,,never, ever.

    • CEOmike

      You can give $5000 a year to board a horse at a rescue if you are so concerned.

      • Annette Kingerski

        I charge my client’s OTTB rescue $2,700 per year: full board with turnout, deworming, and some meds (all med application free as well)

  • madelin

    horse slaughter just really saddens me i mean why just why.

  • Always Curious

    There is nothing like seeing your horse looking at you through your window:):)

    • Jennifer Witkowski

      Agreed! I have the dream!

  • ctgreyhound

    It’s a throw away society. That’s evident on a daily basis. But for Rough C’s Ahead the seas parted & there’s smooth sailing from now on. His worth has been validated & the good life is his reward.

  • He is a handsome fellow. Good luck in the makeover. The pic of you two is great.

  • Marilyn Shively

    This is foaling season– Rough was once a foal with someone’s hopes and dreams attached to him – how do these once beloved foals, turned into race horses, wind up in the pipe line to hell —

    • whirlaway

      When the dreams do not come true some owners are too quick to forget about that once little foal that filled them with hope.

    • CEOmike

      By trainers and tracks and fans demanding enough horses to run every 60 days until they are 4 so race cards can be filled.

  • MaryW

    Sweet Rough. His plight has been followed by many. The LA Racing Commission need to develop a process to regulate this travesty. Boyd Gaming needs to enact a policy where anti-slaughter regulations apply to all, not just guys with stalls. And all, the commission, breeders association and tracks need support an option which right now is Gulf Coast Thoroughbred Association. And this all needs to be overseen by Jockey Club and National HBPA. The entire industry needs to step up and develop string anti-slaughter policies in Louisiana and support responsible options.

    • CEOmike

      Impossible because if all slaughters were stopped there would tens of thousands of horses accumulating every year to be cared for for the next 20 years. Its nice to say we are virtuous it is another to actually pay the price to be. When was the last time you gave $5,000 so a horse could be kept in rescue for a year

      • beautiful fairy princess

        Actually, I pay full board on my daughters retired show horse (now 24) and 7, count em, 7 rescues from the kill pen at $250 (field board) each. I am just a plain old person who lives close to the Rotz kill pen in Shippensburg, Pa and try to help the older ones that get dumped. In addition, I try to a little here and there to some small, local rescues. I work extra hours to do this because it is important to me and I am outraged by those that make money off these animals and then dump them.

      • Mary Jo

        “Impossible”?? How do you know? Without slaughter fewer horses would be stolen and fewer well-intentioned owners would be conned into turning their beloved horses to kill buyers. The entire racing/breeding industry must at least try. And, BTW, if a horse can really, really not be cared for slaughter is NOT the answer. What about euthanizing the horse instead? Yes, that would cost money, but if you can’t afford that then you shouldn’t have owned a horse to begin with.

      • MaryW

        My comment was not in reference to the legality of slaughter or the 100,000 other horses of various breeds. My post is regarding the Louisiana TB industries lack of aftercare for athletes. TBs are useful and valuable and they earned a responsible retirement. maybe re-read my comment.

  • Delrene

    What a beautiful sweet boy. Thank you to all who brought him safe passage through some rough water. Enjoy him for years to come. You are both adorable together.

  • Exhausted Race Fan

    I’m happy for this cute little guy and will cheer for him at RRP but this is a little confusing, they found the horse 5 days off his last race in a kill pen. Louisiana Department of Ag quarantined him at Thompsons for several weeks? Who was billed/responsible for his condition? Did the LA Dept of Ag quarantine all horses at Thompsons? When did the horse develop “the typical kill pen case: weight loss, bad feet because they’ve been standing in the muck and everything, swelling in hind legs from bacterial infection, rain rot, worms, general ill health. It’s disgusting,” Moors described. Did the Fairgrounds vet on 12/29 notice any of these conditions?

    • Samantha

      I was the original owner who pulled him from the pen. LA Dept of Ag wouldn’t let him leave the lot until he was EHV1 cleared. I paid that enormous bill – between the “board” at the kill pen, the rush tests – the first which came back inconclusive. It took me TWO WEEKS to get his tests back, while Fairgrounds was getting theirs back in 8 hours. LA Dept of Ag was letting horses come and go off of Thompson’s Lot, even with a pending EHV1 test. Great protocol, Louisiana.

      And yes, he developed the kill pen nastiness the last few days he was there. Obviously Fairgrounds wouldn’t have known that – but someone knew he left under the radar.

      • Exhausted Race Fan

        Agreed the tracks aren’t doing enough. There are some of the best and worst in racing. Did you contact the owner, ultimately responsible for their horse. Why the trainer? I’m all for what you guys do but there are too many tatt readers looking to profit off donations and the more devastating the story the deeper people dig.

        • Exhausted Race Fan

          I don’t want to make it more difficult for you to “flip horses” to good homes and I applaud you if you make a legitimate buck. But those on your side flipping lips for donations under false pretenses are as damaging as our bad trainers and owners. I hope the new owner enjoys this very cute horse. I will be cheering for him at RRP.

          • Susan Ross

            Exhausted Race Fan, I am sorry that you think either Samantha or Dinah were flipping lips for donations or any kind of quick buck. I know the scenario and it was a living hell for them and Rough C’s Ahead. Thousands of Samantha’s personal funds were spent to help this one horse. There are scammers out there for sure, but there are also many, many other good hearted people genuinely doing everything they can to help Thoroughbreds found in kill pens.

          • Exhausted Race Fan

            Susan, I appreciate you not put words in my mouth. I’m not accusing Samantha of anything. This article rose red flags for me when the condition of the horse went to “disgusting” in less than 5 days. If anyone would have asked anything about him Dec 29th this horse may never have left the track at such risk. I want to continue to be part of the racing industry and help retired horses other than my own but unfortunately misguided intentions exist at both ends of racing. Please don’t judge and juror questions. She’s quoted “if we can’t flip the horse, I’ll keep it”. The article blasts the trainer but I don’t remember seeing the owner mentioned. If a horse is abandoned or sent to slaughter from any horse discipline other than racing is the trainer responsible?

          • Samantha

            Here’s the quote – I said I had spoken to a lot of flippers, hence, where he didn’t go.

            “From the get-go he was a really solid guy,” said Molyneaux. “Dinah and I had discussed it and I said, ‘I’ll keep the horse if I can’t find somebody who understands his story and loves him the way we do.’ I went through a lot of people who were interested in flipping him and I always said he needed to go someplace where someone had followed the story and understood.”

          • Samantha

            LMFAO! Flipping lips for donations? That may be others but that’s certainly not us. I’ll have you know that we took ZERO donations for Rough. I pulled him myself, and all of that money came straight out of my own pocket. The bail, the vet, the rush tests, the second round of rush tests, the board, the qt, the vet again, the long haul home, his board at home, the vet again…the list goes on. Lol flipping lips for donations – give me a break. You know how much money I made on Rough? ZERO. ZIP. ZILCH. NOTHING. Placing him with a forever home was all I needed to satisfy all that was done for him.

          • Samantha

            And yes, the owner, trainer and breeder were all contacted. We do our due diligence. Anyone who followed his story on social media is well aware of that. Maybe try digging that up before you let loose your firing squad.

          • Exhausted Race Fan

            Down girl! I read it here and asked for clarification because the decline timeline was aggressive. I will not chase your story down, not every comment is going to stroke your ego.

          • Samantha

            Ego has nothing to do with any commentary it the situation whatsoever – I’m providing clarification.

            Decline doesn’t take long when they’re stuck in the pens for 2-3 weeks, which he was (he was quarantined – whatever that means in a kill pen). LA Dept of Ag would not let him leave, but felt it unnecessary to quarantine the lot itself. Horses were free to come and go with Rough’s pending test. The dept of Ag vet also stated “conditions were not ideal”, including the nasty round bale he had in front of him. They let him sit there anyway.

  • Sandi York

    These horses don’t request to be part of this game what a sad ending for those who don’t choose People should be down right ashamed of themselves for making such choices. Sad sad sad.

  • ninabonnie

    I trained and showed Thoroughbreds from the 50’s until I hung it up around 2000. The game has changed but I do believe the TB will regain popularity. I was lucky to have some lovely, top show horses–some off the track and some bought unraced or were homebred. i actually, now, have a lovely gelding (homebred)who has all the qualities to be a show hunter hunter but he is and will remain my riding horse! Certainly TB’s take time and relaxed work but unlike many of the warmbloods where everyday is a new day., the TB is a quick learner with and wants to please.

    • Larry Ensor

      Well, said Nina. When the Blood Horse ran a blog called “Beyond the Blinkers” I had to point out that Thoroughbreds used to rule the show world. The ” moderator’ and now one of the lead paid “spokesmen” for the industry’s “after care” program responded by saying “I had no idea”??

      My mother and step father, who you would have know, we top show riders in their day. My mother had one of the best and respected “eyes” for sport horse prospects. She could pick a good horse out of a field while we were driving by. Stop, knock on the door and ask if the horse could be bought, lol. She was a respected “source” for a number of the top riders in the 60s-70s. All Thoroughbreds.

      My brother in-law is a top H/J trainer. Trained one of the all time greats in the early 90s. Closely associated with a number of the top riders. He loves TBs. “You don’t have to hit them upside the head with a 2X4 to get them to figure things out”, lol. But in his own words, “I love them, but the market doesn’t. I loose my shirt on them these days”.

      IMO if the industry would spend the $$$ to advertise and promote, raise the profile of TBs. It would go a long way to bring them back into prominence. I have suggested, written many times for the industry to put together a well funded “campaign” using the Chronicle of the Horse, the bible of the show horse world. Would go a long way to promote “desirability”

      As I am sure you know having spent a life time in the “show world”. “Desirability, bragging rights” goes a long way for getting horse sold.

  • Michael Castellano

    Very nice article, Natalie. If I lived in the country I’d want a horse like this.

  • ToppysMom

    Witkowski said: “It’s a problem, all these trainers claiming, ‘I thought he was going to a summer camp!’ Really? Really, did you think that?”

    WORD, girlfriend. What summer camp would take a fresh-off-the-track TB? Unless it was a camp for would-be jockeys or trainers. That’s willful stupidity. And honestly, being a “camp horse” is no picnic; most of them go to slaughter in the fall because camp owners don’t want to pay to winter them over and it’s cheaper to just buy more in the spring.

    It takes WORK to find a place for an unsuccessful racehorse to land. Places like CANTER, RERUN, Finger Lakes Finest and the other wonderful rehoming programs, as well as all the ethical individuals are there to help trainers and owners, but they have to WANT to seek out the help.

    Sadly, too many — not all, not most, but too many — just can’t be bothered.

  • Jake

    Instead of worrying about were these magnificent animals end up at the end of their career on the track. Racing needs to get on the offensive and set up a better system for retirees. I don’t have the answers but I’m sure there are solutions such as taking a small percentage of uncashed tickets or taking from the Wagering pool etc…. Maybe Karma is the reason racing is suffering because we haven’t came up with a bullet proof plan to protect our warriors at the end of their careers. Kudos to the wonderful women who adopted this horse!

    • CEOmike

      The whole system now where horses at the top are run every 60 and retired at 4 means more and more horse have to be bred, which means it is impossible to get rid of the slaughterhouse. Strict enforcement of not selling to slaughterhouses will also kill racing because there will be tens of thousands of unraceable horses and not enough second careers even as pets.

      Many countries and cultures have no problems eating horse meat, even the US at one time. What is needed is legalizing slaughterhouses and strict health and care laws pre-slaughter. Then a National Commissioner so we can end the insanity of the big trainers stealing all the money by running horses every 60 days for 2 years then retiring/selling them at 4.

      • Jake

        I respectfully disagree with your opinion. I am a poor man and I have supported horse since he was 2 he’s turning 32 in March . It can be done.

        • Bella

          I agree..I also have had horses into their thirties..ones I have bred I firmly believed I owed them a life as good as I could give and to see them rest in peace when the time came. One has to be willing to make that committment and sacrifice , if necessary willingly . Horses do no harm, they are the most magnificent of animals and the most innocent. They are victims of greed and are at the mercy of whomever hands they wind up in. It is disgraceful the abuse they must endure..it is just not racing either. I have been supportive of rescues and try to help save the Wild Horse, again , being threatened with their freedom. It is shameful any of this goes on in this country, and we must witness the darkness of peoples souls.

          • Jake

            So true!

      • Mary Jo

        Have you ever seen a horse being slaughtered? Just wondering.

  • Roys

    Wouldn’t it be easier to put up posters around the track saying you will take for free or pay a couple hundred dollars for unwanted horses. Surely it would be cheaper in the long run than paying bail money at the kill lot. Some tracks have designated stalls for unwanted TBs.

    • Susan Ross

      Roys, good idea but it’s a dual edge sword. Unfortunately the owners of this very same kill pen Rough C’s Ahead came from has been known to do exactly that as well as buying from the weekly Opelousas, LA auction which is so conveniently located to both Evangeline Downs and the Training Center.

      Gulf Coast Thoroughbred Network in LA has been networking and finding good homes For TBs in LA for quite some time. As committed and dedicated as they, responsible owners and trainers, and other TB advocates are, they are extremely limited by lack of funding and sufficient space.

      Many states have programs and infrastructure for aftercare, transition and adoption of TB racehorses. There are plenty of excellent programs typo model a successful, LA program after. However that is going to require two things to happen:
      1) The LA track owners need to get on board, including Boyd Gaming. They have the sole authority as private property owners to deny entries of horses from trainers and owners whose horses are found in kill pens or are sent to slaughter without proof of written documentation of due diligence in rehoming horses.

      2) The horsemen need to be held accountable for protecting the image of racing. LA has one of the better programs in the country with big purses for LA breds. While that is great for owners and breeders, it also contributes to the problem of those getting into the business thinking they are going to make a quick buck in racing. I see endless horses in these LA kill pens just like Rough C’s Ahead. They are horses with just a few number of starts, and when you look at their limited works, it’s easy to see that many are not even fit to race, let alone win a race.

    • MaryW

      Groups have posted at the tracks and everybody knows they exist. The Louisiana tracks do nothing to assist in responsible retirement. The tracks are littered with other options but when these trainers and owners want the horse gone, it is gone. They can’t be bothered with making calls or listing the horse with a retirement group. It just has to go NOW. I do really like the idea of stalls being made available, any assistance at the track would be nice.

  • CEOmike

    I am happy for this horse now, and it wasn’t his fault he was a terrible race horse. But all the sentiments and crying here are empty headed.

    People, we are demanding more and more horses are to be bred. We all put up with “industrial” trainers who take 2 year olds and race them, if they are good to win enough to make money, every 60 days until they are 4 then they are “retired.” Wake up, even some stakes winners are going to the slaughterhouse because there simply are too many horses bred for too few races where they can make enough to pay for their lifetime upkeep.

    And if the no slaughter policy and laws were enforced fully the US would be awash in tens of thousands of horses accumulating every year with no place to go. The rescues only take a fraction.

    Slaughter is like everything else in US racing corrupt and hypocritical. From Navarro getting caught talking about “juicing” then racing in the Pegasus (where Stronach had just months before banned him from his tracks) to Rice getting “singled out” (probably because she was a powerful woman) for cheating in a practice that everyone knows is happening everywhere all the time to fill races.

    Unless there is wholesale changes to racing like a whole lot more races for 9 and 10 year olds and better purse distribution slaughter is the only other answer. Besides it is irrational not to consider that MOST of the world sees no problem eating horse, just like cow, pig, buffalo, goat, sheep, ox, deer, moose etc.


    • Isabel_NH

      Who is the “we” in “we are demanding more horses are bred?” I think most “fans” are asking for horses to stick around racing longer. The “industrial trainer/stallion station complex” is shuffling off questionably sound and badly conformed horses to be bred.

  • Kathy Young

    Call it fate or serendipity or “one door closing, another opening up” or whatever you want, but Rough has found a soft landing with Jennifer after a lifetime’s worth of scary moments. Good luck on the 2018 RRP! I have a trainer friend who is involved as well (she’s from California). This year’s Project is going to be really fun for me to follow.

    • Jennifer Witkowski

      Thank you so much for the kind words!

  • NMBird

    Lovely story, so glad this horse was saved…but so many others are just cast aside in terrible ways…

    Off topic…just read the news that Charlie Davis, Sec’s exercise rider, just passed away….
    RIP, Charlie…..Sec is waiting for you ….

  • TimTamTed

    So happy,because RC’s is a happy ending.So angry,because kill pens still exist.

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