Rescue Stories

We are very proud of the help we were able to provide these horses.  With your help we can give even more horses with no hope a loving future.

 

  • Alittle Simplicity gets Alotta Love Little Guy in 2007 with a Henneke body score of 1. The “Little Guy”  is the story of perseverance and dignity for a little horse who did not know how to give up. He has been rewarded with the best life ever because of your support of TPR! We picked him up from a farm in 2007.  We were told that the owner/breeder had abandoned him there so the farm just stopped feeding him.  LG was an unbroken 5 year old colt.  None of the local rescues would take him because he was a colt.  When we became aware of his situation, we went and got him out of there. During the early days I created a blog (click here)  to show donors what it would take to get him on the right track.  He had so many supporters that I wanted them to see what a difference their actions had made for this wonderful horse. There were other horses there being fed and cared for.  There he stood in a 12×12 dirt paddock with no shelter or food. “I have no idea how he survived that long”, said Kimberly Godwin Clark.  He survived the transition to Leighton Farm and over the next year we nursed him back to health, castrated him and then broke ...
  • Minutes Away From Euthanasia, TPR is Able to Help ThatsWhatIMintFace0`A frantic call had been made to TPR making a plea for the life of two year old Thoroughbred filly, That’s What I Mint. “In this case, we were able to say YES! We can help her,” said Kimberly Clark, Executive Director of TPR. Without the extraordinary support of our donors who contributed to our 2013 end of year fundraising campaign, we never could have said yes. Mint had never even raced and now had a slightly displaced slab fracture. The prognosis was very good, with surgery and time to heal.   Her breeder/owner could not afford to rehabilitate her so the decision was made to euthanize her. Fortunately Mint had friends, who contacted TPR. Thanks to our donors, we had the funding to provide Mint with the care she so desperately needed. With their support, Mint was able to receive the required surgery to repair a displaced slab fracture. Mint received that much-needed surgery from Spurlock Equine who performed the surgery at cost, donating their incredible expertise to repair her displaced slab fracture. Her rest and recovery time on one of our foster farms was made possible by funding received from The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. These days Mint is sound and sassy. She was ...
  • The Sugarcreek Six Kannapolis“I would like to share the story of this tragedy with everyone I can. There is power in knowledge and with this power, we can change things. There are many heroes who put their souls on the line to make people aware of what’s going on. Anne Russek, for one, I am very proud to call my friend. I am honored to know her. What she has done will have the most meaning if you share this with everyone you know and her work and sacrifice makes you take action to end this needless suffering. There were many others involved in getting this story out and they are also heroes, but the real heroes are the horses. At the end of Anne’s writing there are descriptions of these made it through. If you can’t bear to read this entire story, please go to the end of this page meet these Thoroughbreds who were saved. They have all been placed in wonderful homes.” ~Kimberly Godwin Clark Please read the behind the scenes story of No Day Off and the HBO documentary.   How Luck and a Village Saved the Sugarcreek Six written and survived by Anne Russek   The following is my account of how the Sugarcreek Six ...
  • The Little Guy 1b28OCT2007This is a story of perseverance and dignity for a little horse who did not know how to give up. He is rewarded with the best life ever! We made journal of how his life has changed since arriving at Leighton Farm in 2007 and the people who have come to love him along the way.  Click Here to see what he’s doing today!            
  • A Soldier Saves a Soldier SoldierFace1As “Soldier”  stood on the line at the auction in New Holland, he wondered how he had gotten there.  Frightened and alone, he did everything asked of him, even being ridden through the auction – he never took a wrong step. Somehow he knew he was in trouble – this wasn’t a good place to be.  “Soldier” didn’t know what was going to happen, but it was obvious by his “battle scars” he’d been through a lot.  As luck would have it, someone bought him and got him out of there.  Now he was on a farm, with a friend and he was safe – right? The reality was that Soldier was living on borrowed time and he didn’t even know it.  Once the new owners discovered that Soldier had vision issues in both eyes, they didn’t want him.  If a home wasn’t found for him soon, he would be sent back to the sale to try his luck again with the kill buyers.  Soldier’s need was urgent, but available TPR funds  had already been devoted to horses like Mint, Midnight, and Sharon. One of the saddest things about our work is that there is always another – and another. However, TPR sprang ...
  • Bump Draft Bumpdraftstallrest“Bumpy” as we call him is aptly named as he certainly has had a bumpy road to travel on! Registered name Bump Draft was bred in Maryland and is by Outflanker and out of a Pleasant Tap mare. Bumpy is an absolutely adorable gelding. He will officially turn 3 on March 8th 2013 . This guy raced 7 times and despite not having a 1st place finish, certainly tried his best, even missing a win by the length of his head in one race! Bumpy went straight to the lead every time but couldn’t hang on to the wire! In his last race on November 29, he finished 5th, showing his big heart by trying for his connections yet again, and came back to the barn unsound. Bumpy had fractured his knee and the broken piece was displaced. Total earnings of $9,360 averaged out to $1,337 per start, but not a cent was available to save his life or even humanely end it. Normally at the track when a horse is found to have a displaced slab fracture, the responsible thing to do is to have surgery to put it back in place. You broke him, you have the responsibility to fix him. ...
  • Tip Toe With Me! TippyInTroubleThe Story of “Tiptoe With Me” By Denise Schreck   What was it about that day in May that suddenly had me thinking “Tonight, I should go to the Horse Auction”? I’ve been to these lowly Horse Auctions in the past. I know full well what goes on. It’s difficult to actually know and see the horses that have been sent to the Kill Pen. On May 21, 2008, I was sadly living my first year after the passing of my beloved OTTB Pepper. We shared 22 years together. He was 26 when he passed away and he had a good life, so that was my best condolence. Memories to cherish forever. I couldn’t save Pepper in the end, but I could save another horse. That day the thought of the Auction wouldn’t leave my mind. In the past, I had thought to myself that one day I would rescue a Kill Pen Horse. For no other reason than to save it from a brutal and inhumane death. However today really didn’t seem like a good idea. I just couldn’t shake the sense of urgency to Go Today! It just rang in my head. Why? I thought? That evening my husband wouldn’t be home to ...