So what happens when horses outlive their usefulness?
These videos (top and bottom of post) are disturbing. What I find even more disturbing are the whispers running around Chester County about a thoroughbred horse rescue.
First there are the notices posted on Craigslist. There are two current posts on Philadelphia Craigslist, one on Lancaster Craigslist and I was able to pull up others. They are anonymous which leads me to believe they are from inside the horse community out here and are afraid of retaliation. I have the hyperlinks of the postings embedded above (in blue) and here is the text of both:
Then there are a couple of posts on a website called The Chronicle of the Horse (again I am providing the hyperlinks and below the text):
So these people are talking about a horse rescue I actually saw and checked out on Facebook because I thought they did good stuff. TB Rescue or Off The Track Thoroughbred Rescue on Fairview Road in Glenmoore.
Now I know horse folks I know will probably be upset that I am asking questions about this, but if people are taking the time to post these things what does that mean exactly? And I believe in animal rescue so I am sure if this is a big misunderstanding this TB Rescue will pop up and leave a comment explaining the situation, right?
However, If it is a case of where there is smoke there is fire, and there is something to this, I expect they or someone associated with them will threaten me?
But at the end of the day am I accusing and naming names or am I simply asking what the heck is going on? And I assume in this country we are allowed to ask questions? Is this a non-profit? Is it listed on the state non-profit/charities database?
People I know are raising eyebrows about these people so is that right or wrong? Isn’t there like a big animal SPCA to take care of this? Large Animal Protection or LAPS? Can they help horses or are they like the equivalent of mall cops? And the horses for this rescue come from where? Philly Parx? What do they have to say? What about their horse rescue and track foundation thing called Turning for Home or whatever?
So here’s hoping this horse rescue steps up and addresses this stuff, right? And I will note to anyone involved with them that I have no idea who is posting on Craigslist around here, in Lancaster and elsewhere, but obviously whoever they are want answers too, right? I also have no idea who is posting on the bulletin board I screen shotted.
Maybe the Humane Society has some answers? The Chester County SPCA? Anyone?
Horses are magnificent and regal creatures. They are also unbelievably expensive to care for. I would be interested in answers to my questions. I just don’t see someone posting all this stuff on Craigslist for fun, do you?
I have no idea what I am wading into here. But (again) someone needs to provide some answers as none of what I know and even more what I don’t know doesn’t sit right with me if that makes any sense? I mean with rescues of other (smaller) domestic animals when it comes to rescues there are as many issues as people who have an opinion. But animal rescue large or small is too important not to get some answers, right?
Remember the article last year about horse abuse in Adams County, PA? They talk about After The Races in Glenmoore? Is that the same as Off the Track Throughbread Rescue because when you click on the hyperlink in the Inquirer article that says “Glenmoore” it links back to Off the Track TB rescue and is it just me or is that confusing? Anyway, that article was horrid about what it descirbed – enough to make you ill.
The address appears to be identical to Off the Track TB Rescue, huh?
Why the name change I wonder? (All this horse stuff is very confusing to me and I bet it is confusing to the REAL rescue After the Races which is NOT part of this post or possible issue.)
Because I do not want to do a disservice with my questions, please read this from the REAL “After the Races” which again, isn’t part of this, and is actually pending a non-profit status (something I can’t find on the other people):
So you know why I posted the above disclaimer from the group above, well it is simple. As a breast cancer survivor of under two years one of the FIRST things I learned was about fake cancer charities. You would not believe the people that want to take your hard earned money and/or take advantage of people. Not saying any of that is happening here, but I thought it was fair to make the distinction and you all get that, right?
I somehow thought in Chester County there would be fewer snow idiots on the roads. Apparently not. Just did the four-wheel drive crawl down Route 352 which is a total mess between Immaculata and Route 30.
I passed either three or four cars on Route 352 which were either stuck or spun out. The road is slick, which by my humble estimation means SLOW DOWN.
I have a special shout out to that hot footed mama in the maroon Honda mini van who was behind me after she came flying out of Immaculata’s driveway: if you wanted to sit in my lap, you should have asked.
Another shout out in general to the folks from Immaculata who don’t seem to understand they are supposed to stop and look, and maybe use a turn signal before entering the roadway on Route 352.
There was another stuck mini van on the hump of the overpass.
People, we all know PennDOT has selective road treating at best in a nuisance storm like this, so please, slow down.
It is slick out there right now.
Road whiner over and out
Ok on the way home this afternoon I finally satisfied my curiousity about the GIANT warehouse “Resellers Consignment Gallery”.
One word: FUN
Amongst rather unattractive things Aunt Tilly jettisoned from her home are some really fun things. Old, new, antique, collectible, and in between. Yes there is a lot of stuff that qualifies as dead furniture, but there are gems. I saw a handful of empire sofas today that yes would require reupholstering (some due to wear, some due to fabric choice), but they were beautiful.
Stuff is pretty much priced to move too.
And no, I did not buy that chair. I wanted to, but my better half nixed the needlepoint of it all. And it is under $100 too :<(