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Spring 2015 Newsletter

Thoroughbred Placement Resources Newsletter Spring 2015
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Through placement, support, education and rescue, we strive to make a difference.

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Veterans are Coming to TPR!

Horses Helping Heroes, Heroes Helping Horses
Many studies show horses help people, but in this case the veterans are going to help the horses too!

Come to our Open House and help us  launch our new “Heroes Horses” Program for Veterans, Active Military  Members and their families. 

This free event will be held at beautiful Leighton Farm and will include demonstrations, food and fun! You do not have to be a veteran to attend-we want you to learn about this program and then spread the word!!

It is well documented that horses help people, but in this case the horses are going to  help our veterans, but they in turn, will help these wonderful horses.

The peace and tranquility of Leighton Farm and her horses will provide a place for wounded warriors, active military, veterans and their families to experience farm life.

By holding this event and celebrating the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help A Horse Day on April 26, TPR will become eligible to compete for a chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist with our efforts to protect horses. Please come and help us make this a day to remember.   The event is free and located at Leighton Farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  Call 240-216-5197 for details.  You can also visit the goodhorse.org website to find out more. 

We will also have a booth at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, stop by and show your support for our racing and our military heroes.


Healing Retired Racers

You Made it Possible!

Sister Sharon gets the time she needs from donors like you and organizations like Thoroughbred Charities of America.

Currently at Leighton Farm, the main farm facility of Thoroughbred Placement Resources, we have three rehabilitation cases.  There is another at Metler Farm a foster care facility. 

Not Apoligizing (see next article) is one of these lucky horses.  He just needs time to heal and then retraining. 

Roaring Point or Reggie as we call him needed surgery to remove a sequestra ( bone fragment that the body has rejected).  With this surgery he will go on to have a wonderful and useful life, without it there was no hope.  Once again we thank our donors and Spurlock Equine for their tremendous help.  Reggie will have his own story in the next TPR Newsletter.

Then there is Sister Sharon who was quite the little “war horse”.  She is still at Metler Farm, being given the time she needs to become sound for riding.       Luicci has already completed stall rest and is enjoying his retraining.  As a regular supporter of TPR, his race owner has made it possible for not only him, but many others to have a safe landing when their race careers end.

12 year old Kayla is helping ready Luicci for the 2015 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover. 



Wonderful Result from our Year-End Fundraiser

From Unwanted to Most Wanted

Your support will help Pauley and other horses due to lessons learned from his story.

Not Apologizing or Pauley as we call him will take part in the 2015 Retired Racehorse Training Project, Thoroughbred Makeover


TPR became aware of Pauley in December 2014 when we received a call from Bowie Training Center. His owner was distraught and not certain what would become of him. She was considering humane euthanasia because she wasn’t sure anyone would be willing to take on a horse that needed stall rest and retraining.


Pauley had a non-displaced fracture of his sesamoid and that is the reason his owner wasn’t sure anyone would be willing to take a chance on him.


Our year end fundraiser was in full swing and made it possible to give this wonderful boy the time he needed. Your support will help not just Pauley, but other horses due to lessons learned from his story. One of Godwin Clark’s goals by participating in the makeover, and in particular writing a blog about it, is to take readers on this journey with Pauley. Perhaps some of them will feel comfortable giving a horse such as him the opportunity he needs. After all, most rehabilitation is common sense.


Pauley has begun his retraining for the Makeover show which will take place in Lexington, Kentucky in October. You can keep up with his progress on the LeightonFarm.com website blog. page.


Pauley” begins training for the 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover to be held in October in Lexington, KY.


Imperfect Can Be Perfect!

You Help Us Find Their Futures


People in the show and pleasure world are often not as knowledgeable about health and soundness issues associated with horses. Many tend to look for a “perfect” horse because they really don’t understand or are afraid of any issue that a horse may have. Oftentimes, this “imperfection” would not hinder or effect the purpose for which they are seeking the horse.

In reality, most horses have some sort of “hole” or imperfection. Some issues are much easier to spot than others, but if you look long enough, take enough radiographs, do enough scans and perform enough tests, you are bound to find something.


Will the fact that Stormy was a bleeder while racing prevent him from being a good jumper? Will those osselets keep Flicka from doing dressage? The answer is no, but if the adopter has no idea what these conditions entail, they will run, not walk the other way.


Consequently, many retired race horses that might have some sort of blemish, take more time and resources to rehome.


The answer to this problem is mult-faceted. In many cases if the horse is actually performing at the level the person is seeking, they may be swayed to “take a chance.” There is also the approach of educating the person on exactly what bleeding is, for instance. However today it has become ever more difficult. You only have to “google” EIPH to see that the worst case scenario of most conditions is displayed prominently.


Just the same, because of your dollars, TPR is extremely effective in placing these, “hard to place” horses. We take special pride in finding horses like That’s What I Mint, Wooden Match, WaChaCha and many others, the perfect home.


They may have imperfections, but their new owners think they are just perfect the way they are!