Day At The Track

SRF update on seven rescue horses

01:04 AM 21 Aug 2014 NZST
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Standardbred Retirement Foundation
Millstone Township NJ - It's been a month since the 7 horses who were on the edge of the tailgate to a Canadian slaughterhouse arrived at the boarding facility for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF).
What's new?
We lost one to equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), which affects the central nervous system. He was not stable enough to live out his life in pasture, even with treatment, and had suffered a hip injury from a fall. He was put at peace by a veterinarian.

The other 6 are in the waiting stage and have had the blacksmith out twice to help correct the angle of their feet so their soundness can be determined. What they are busy doing is winning over those who pass the field by trotting over for some face rubbing and a treat.

Their willingness to respond to people took some time. We have found that horses who have served a working community, whether as transportation or to work fields, become stoic; they have a lost stare. When removed from that lifestyle, their personality begins to return after a period of time. It is remarkable to see, and it is happening now to all 6.

We have been able to determine that Keylarkgo Blue (pictured on the left) will need a loving place to live out his life. Blue has plenty of racing scars but is still happy and comfortable. His injuries will cause him more discomfort in time, and the decision to humanely euthanize the big stunning gelding may need to be made in the future. Until then, we are hoping someone will offer him a place to retire with dignity.

The SRF is commemorating 25 years of helping horses. For information on making a tax-deductible gift to assist in the remaining efforts for these horses and to ensure they will never be at risk again, or to offer a home to a horse for retirement or for use for pleasure under saddle, contact

by Jannine Kraus, for SRF

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