the funny thing about asking questions about horse rescue…

This is a happy horse I photographed this summer as it was playing with it's handler while getting a bath

This is a happy horse I photographed this summer as it was playing with it’s handler while getting a bath

……The funny thing is this….a lot of people are talking.  And yesterday I found a fresh ad on Craigslist dated 12/1/2012 so I tweeted it out at a couple folks on twitter to ask if THEY knew what was up and was there anything to this whole drama unfolding in Glenmoore. Funny thing is by this morning the ad had disappeared.

However, I found yet more ads today, dated 12/2/2012 and here is a screen shot:


So I am going to ask again if there is something to all of this? I do not know much about running ads on Craigslist other than whomever it is has a serious enough issue to keep doing this, so is this indeed a case of where there is smoke there is fire?

Is it time for people other than LAPS to not only do a throrough inspection of this place (or places because if it is a rescue there could be a couple locations where rescued critters are, right?) and check out where these horses are coming from, going to, vet records, reputation the vets checking these horse out, etc?? When horses are rescued and then adopted are their rules? Do they stay in Pennsylvania or do the go to lots of other places?

And since I can find no non-profit status on Off the Track Thoroughbred Rescue how do donations work?  I rode a little bit when I was young, and what I learned quickly is horses are expensive.  Proper care is expensive. So if this is an active rescue, how does it function?  Small animal rescues are expensive enough to maintain, so how does this work?  Do they use another non-profit as a pass through kind of arrangement on donations?

They seem to be linked with a horse rescue lady named  Barbara Luna   and a 501(c)(3) non profit called Turning for Home? Now Turning for Home is described on their own website thusly:

tfhTurning For Home

Developed by the PTHA in May, 2008, Turning For Home is Parx Racing’s retirement program for its Thoroughbred horses who can no longer race, due to injury or lack of ability. Our mission is to provide humane and dignified retirement for any horse stabled at Parx with a trainer based at the Bensalem track for at least six months of the year. To date, we have helped over 825 horses into new careers through rehabilitation (including veterinary care and even surgery), then careful adoption to approved-only homes.

So does this rescue pay other rescues to help them out? Do they support the smaller rescues financially ?

I am really trying to to be respectful of the owner of Off The Track Thoroughbred Rescue because she is a mom and apparently a cancer survivor too.  So Jessica Troxell Basciano, I don’t know you, am not buying or rescuing a horse, but I would like to know why someone is posting ads on Craigslist about your horse rescue? And is your rescue a non-profit or applied for non-profit?

Are people upset at your rescue unfairly or is there sometihng to this? If you are not a non-profit , what do you get out of this personally? Satisfaction of doing the right thing for at risk horses? A paycheck? The warm and fuzzy aroma of horses in a clean, hay filled barn?  What???

a happy and well fed and cared for barn cat loving life

a happy and well fed and cared for barn cat loving life

I am trying to be fair here, and I found her name on the Internet attached to the name of her rescue and whatever the other name she used to go under is.  She put herself out there publicly with the whole rescue mission.

If she is in over her head because face it, animal rescue is hard, hard, work, she knows she can go to the big ones for help, right?

Honestly, I am just a person that likes horses and believes in animal rescue.  If someone is taking the time to post on Craigslist again and again and again, is there something to all this?

I know from dog and cat rescues that one of the problems in PA is companion animals (which I would also consider horses to be) are property.  Like a sofa or lawn mower, or as a dog rescue pal once said “an ear of corn”.  And the thing I do know about horses is they come with a heck of a lot more paperwork, so horse rescues have to keep meticulous records or should, right?  I also know that horses have to be transported with care, they aren’t like a dog or cat r rabbit that can go in a travel crate in the back of a car exactly are they?

People are very leery of what happens to horses when tracks and big stables, etc are tired of them.  See this article on the Humane Society Website from this past June.  Also check out this post on Throughbred Confidential, and the following links from the New York Times.  The New York Times seems to write a fair bit about horses….

Rescuing Horses as Industry Bides Its Time


Published: November 1, 2012

….Instead, Jones will make and take dozens of phone calls from like-minded thoroughbred advocates on the lookout for former racehorses that have landed at auctions and are en route to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. When they are found, she will call their breeders or former owners in the hope they will send a trailer or some money to help find the horses a safe home.

Some have been horrified to learn of their horses’ fate and have helped immediately. But many more, Jones said, have declined to help at all.

Just two weeks ago, eight horses were discovered in a kill pen in Ohio. One of them had raced 12 days earlier at nearby Thistledown, and another had earned more than $217,000 in his career. Jones mobilized a rescue through her Facebook page…..Slow or injured horses do not stay on an owner’s balance sheet for long, and only a handful of horses possess the rare combination of regal bloodlines and proven talent to assure a career after racing. In 2011, for example, 1,861 stallions covered 35,391 mares in North America.

So where do the other former racehorses go?

Hard numbers are elusive, but 138,000 horses were sent to Canada or Mexico in 2010 to be turned into meat for Europe and other parts of the world, according to a Government Accountability Office report.

Advocacy groups say up to 10 percent may be thoroughbreds.

Bronx Rallies to Save Mysterious Horse Left in a Condemned Stable


Published: September 20, 2012

It has been the Bronx’s own heart-tugging Black Beauty story: a lonely horse desperately in need of rescue.

So began the campaign to save Rusty the horse.

That effort reached a peak on Thursday when a state legislator and more than three dozen residents and animal lovers rallied in front of the run-down stable on Pelham Parkway South. As the news cameras rolled, they waved signs emblazoned with slogans like “Stop Horsin’ Around, Save Rusty.”

But from inside the stable, where the horse remained, there came not so much as a neigh for its own cause.

Four police officers stood guard during the rally to deter anyone from approaching the stable to peek inside.

Rusty is a mystery to even those who want nothing more than to save it. The residents and animal activists at the rally did not know its age, whether it was male or female, or how it came to be living in the stable, which has no posted name but was once known as Bronxbuster.

Even the horse’s name is a question mark — Rusty is a nickname bestowed by neighborhood children because the animal has a reddish-brown coat and “lives in a rusty stall,” said State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, who has emerged as one of the horse’s most vocal advocates.

BreakdownDeath and disarray at America’s racetracks

Big Purses, Sore Horses, and Death

Large payouts to owners make it profitable for owners to field thoroughbreds that are past their prime, sometimes with fatal results.


Published: April 30, 2012    254 Comments

As he trained for his first race, at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, the 3-year-old thoroughbred Wes Vegas galloped on the track most mornings and had two timed workouts. But his handlers also prepared him in another way: In the month before the race, records show, he received 10 intravenous injections of potent drugs for pain, one the day before he ran; two injections of a drug for joint disease; corticosteroid injections in his two front ankles; a sedative; and an ulcer drug.

For all the preparation, that first race, on March 3, turned out to be his last.

As he approached the first turn, Wes Vegas broke a leg and had to be euthanized.

A week earlier, another horse, the 4-year-old Coronado Heights, who records show had “early degenerative joint disease,” suffered a fatal breakdown at Aqueduct after receiving 13 injections for pain and cartilage damage in the month before his race.

Since a casino opened at Aqueduct late last year, offering vastly richer prizes, 30 horses have died racing there, a 100 percent increase in the fatality rate over the same period the previous year. Like Wes Vegas and Coronado Heights, many had been injected repeatedly with pain medication in the weeks before their breakdowns, according to a review of veterinary records by The New York Times.

(Read the entire article HERE – they do talk about PA. And read the comments)

Is it getting so bad for these magnificant creatures that every time we see a horse transporter we have to wonder if those are horses going home or off to become dog food or people food in other countries?

I am also interested in horse rescues that people love.  Like Last Chance Ranch in Quakertown, PA.

I think horses are a victim of this current economy just like people and abandoned dogs and cats.

nonprofit or not?