Thoroughbred aftercare

Assessing A New OTTB: Veterinary Considerations

The movement of veterinary records from one trainer to another on the racetrack has recently become part of the discussion around improved racetrack safety. Many believe that informing the next horseman in a horse’s life about its previous treatments, illnesses and injuries is paramount to the welfare of the horse. Legal considerations make this tricky, […]

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Rainy Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show In Los Angeles Draws 90 Retired Racehorses

The rain could not dampen the competitive spirits of the retired racehorses at CARMA’s Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show (TCHS), hosted on December 7-8 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. The two-day sporting event celebrated how the love of the Thoroughbred connects the equestrian community and the racing industry – all with a fun holiday theme. […]

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Cherry Wine Has Gone From Racehorse To Hunter, Jumper, Barrel Racer, And ‘Heart Horse’

With an abundance of dapples adorning Cherry Wine’s gray coat, further complemented by his flowy mane and forelock, the Dale Romans-trained colt was a big hit with fans and photographers during his four-year racing campaign. So it wasn’t surprising 15 months after Cherry Wine ran his final race, there was considerable reaction on Twitter when […]

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Aftercare Should Not Be An Afterthought: Solutions For The Future

This is the conclusion of our three-part series on the state of Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Depending on the day, working in Thoroughbred aftercare can feel especially impactful or incredibly futile. On one hand, horse racing has accomplished so much in a short amount of time in […]

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Emptying The Ocean With A Teaspoon: The Challenges Of Aftercare

This is Part 2 in a three-part series looking back at the last decade’s evolution in Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here. It’s easy to scroll through the Horse Care or Aftercare news sections on trade publication websites and feel pretty good about the state of Thoroughbred retirement and rehoming. It seems groups […]

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A Decade In, How Are We Doing With Thoroughbred Aftercare?

A decade ago, the word “aftercare” was not part of the industry vernacular when talking about Thoroughbreds leaving the racetrack. There were a handful of nonprofits which had battled the tide of horses retiring from racing for years. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launched in 1983, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in 1992, Thoroughbred Charities of […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Thankful For ‘Miracles That Defy Science And Logic’

The holiday season is officially upon us, but Sarah MacHarg needs no extra reminders to be thankful this year. She has spent the past six months watching her Thoroughbred gelding Great Minds defy the greatest of odds, overcoming an intra-articular joint infection so severe that most veterinarians suggested he wouldn’t be able to survive. “He […]

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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Will Award $3.4 Million In Grants

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that $3,420,000 will be awarded as grants to 74 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations that currently hold TAA accreditation. Since inception in 2012, the TAA has now awarded more than $17.2 million in grants to accredited Thoroughbred aftercare organizations. “The TAA is pleased to be able to award more than $3 […]

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$16,500 In Prizes For Thoroughbreds Competing In Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event

The 2019 Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event (OJC3DE) is offering over $16,500 in cash prizes across the four divisions for Thoroughbreds competing at this weekend’s inaugural event. The Ocala Jockey Club is the host to this world-class Eventing competition, which this year serves as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but it is also […]

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Gulfstream Park’s Canter For The Cause Shows Support For Thoroughbred Aftercare

More than 100 equine enthusiasts participated Saturday morning in Gulfstream Park’s first Canter for the Cause, a unique opportunity allowing horse owners to walk, canter or trot their horses across the legendary South Florida track. Participants came from as far away as Ocala to ride their horse across the same track as champions like California […]

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