Day At The Track

Horse Rescue provides Justice for Justice

11:57 PM 13 Feb 2011 NZDT
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Josephine Hodges and Justice
Josephine Hodges and Justice

Josephine Hodges' Blue Moon Rising standardbred Breeding farm, a member of D.A.R's. safety net farm system, has recently taken on an 8 year old harness racing broodmare now named Justice; her working name was Shooting Star.

The 8yr old Broodmare had fallen on hard times as she found herself on the auction block at New Holland, PA. as she was no longer any one's star as the people she knew and loved had turned their back on the mare.

To make matters worse, Justice is pregnant with baby and is due sometime in the spring. She found herself amongst strangers as the hammer went down as she and her foal were sold at meat prices but there was to be some justice that day as Anouk Busch and her Horse Rescue United (HRU) group stepped in & saved her from the kill wagon. HRU took her in, had her seen be a vet and got her caught up on her shots. During her 30 day quarantine, Justice put on much needed weight but a place for Justice to have her foal was still needed as HRU did not have the facilities for birthing a foal and they would not try to put her in a forever home until the foal was born and give a few months to grow.

The answer to the problem was the D.A.R. Safety net farm system, so now Justice will be able to have her foal at a safe breeding farm, Blue Moon, getting the attention and love that she needs. After her foal reaches a few months old, Justice and her foal will then return to HRU to start rehab training and their search for their forever home as the hope is mother and foal will be able to stay together as a pair in their new home.

You may ask how Justice feels about all that’s happened. She tells all of us thanks by her gentle nuzzles and her gentle nature as we don’t even have to put a halter on her as she may be led around with just a rope around her neck and she's always at the gate when you come for her.

This was all made possible by volunteers and donations by horse lovers and industry participants thru HRU, Dignity After Racing’s safety net system, and Blue Moon Breeding Farm. Justice and her unnamed foal say thanks for caring when no one else did.

If any qualified forever home offers are out there, please contact Dignity After Racing or Horse Rescue United on Facebook.

Dignity After Racing’s Website Now Up – All those interested in the work of DAR may now visit DAR’s website at New features will be added as time goes on. (DAR)  

Allan Schott

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