Last week we highlighted #ForTheHorse, a social media campaign started by Carleigh Fedorka, who blogs at A Yankee In Paris. While some thoroughbreds do wind up in tough situations when their racing days are over, there are many owners and trainers out there who do right by their horses by letting them down when they come off the track and finding them good homes. #ForTheHorse aims to put those people — the good guys — in the spotlight.
More good guys in the industry include those who run and volunteer for thoroughbred aftercare organizations, facilitating the transition from racehorse to riding horse. CANTER USA is one such organization and this week we’re spotlighting three horses available through their network:
This super-fancy filly is very lightly raced at only four starts. In those four starts she does have one win, but she’s just not fast enough to win again according to her owner/trainer. Cape Town Treasure is beautiful mover and has a lovely uphill build. This filly has lots of potential to be really flashy! She’s sounds and has clean legs and has also been recently scoped and is all clear. Her owner/trainer is also her breeder and would really like to see her go to a forever home where she’ll be treasured.
Located in Wilmington, Delaware.
This four-year-old is actually doing pretty decently as a racehorse. He has 6 in-the-money finishes over his 11 career starts and he just started racing last July. The problem is there just aren’t enough conditions at Canterbury Park for him. Man U is super sound and has a great future ahead of him in any sport. His owners could sell him as a racehorse, but would really like to see him move on and find success in a different career.
Located in Shakopee, Minnesota.
This near-black mare very nearly reached war horse status with her 47 career starts. After a good long race career, her owners this she’s ready to find a new home and a new career. She’s retired sound and has been enjoying some let down time since her last race in May. “Star” has a sweet personality, has no vices, and has a been-there-done-that kind of attitude. Her trainer thinks highly of her and says that with her mind she could easily transition into a new job.
Located in Louisville, Kentucky.