Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Raise Awareness Wednesday - Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program
The thrill of the race, the bets, the big hats, the money. The thoroughbred race horse brings excitement to the track. These athletes are amazing...but what happens to these animals when they can no longer race, or they can no longer win? Horses are generally quite young when they race-and when they retire. What happens then? The disgusting truth is that some are slaughtered for meat. In fact, the great horse Ferdinand who won the Kentucky Derby, Breeders Cup Classic and was Horse of the Year in 1987 was killed in a slaughterhouse in Japan. Is that any way to treat the animals that give their all for our enjoyment? No. Fortunately, there are many groups that work to find new homes for retired racehorses. Most of these horses, although no longer fit to race are perfect for other equine sports. Many a retired racehorse have gone on to winning second careers in eventing, dressage, polo, and more! There are several organizations that work to provide new homes for these athletes. The Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program is the first such group that actually exists on the grounds of a race track. It costs a LOT of money to provide for these horses, so please, consider donating to help these athletes. As their motto says-give horses a second chance to be winners!