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Drew Brees’ Autograph Pays For Life-Saving Surgery On Old Friends’ Mare

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility based in Georgetown, KY., is tipping its hat to the NFL this week–especially to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Thanks to the Big Ten record-holder–who will kick-off against the Carolina Panthers in the first NFL Wild Card Round this Sunday–Old Friends was able to give a lasting gift […]

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How Old Is ‘Old’ For A Thoroughbred?

Every year brings a handful of death announcements as stallions and broodmares succumb to “the infirmities of old age.” Whether the horse in question was in their early or late twenties, we usually get questions – doesn’t say, 25 years old sound young for a horse? And what exactly are the “infirmities of old age”? […]

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Veterinarian: Only ‘Divine Intervention’ Could Have Saved Charismatic

The sudden death of dual classic winner Charismatic at Old Friends shocked fans on Sunday and left some with questions about the nature of the injury that killed him. A necropsy completed Monday indicated the stallion suffered a fatal, catastrophic fracture to his pelvis which caused a massive internal hemorrhage. Drs. Bryan Waldridge and Rhodes […]

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Game On Dude Colic Surgery: Veterinarians Find Unusual Intestinal Defect

Retired multiple graded stakes-winning gelding Game On Dude underwent surgery for colic in early November, according to Old Friends founder Michael Blowen. Although it’s not entirely unusual for cases of colic to pick up as the weather gets colder, veterinarians found something unexpected when they began the operation at nearby Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. […]

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AAEP Awards Blowen Lavin Cup For Work With Old Friends

Michael Blowen, an advocate of Thoroughbred racehorse aftercare and founder of Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Ky., received the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 2016 Lavin Cup. Known as the AAEP’s equine welfare award, the Lavin Cup recognizes a non-veterinary organization or individual that has distinguished itself through service to improve the welfare […]

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