I’m calling all the fans of racing: from casual to life timers.
There is a pandemic in racing: not enough places for racehorses to retire. Now, I’m not talking about the mares and stallions that people spend heavy thousands (and even millions) on, like Songbird in the picture above; I’m talking about the old, the permanently lame, and those destined to be pasture ornaments.
Near this spot
Are deposited the Remains of one
Who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
And all the Virtues of Man without his Vices.
-excerpt from Lord Byron
I am happy to see that more and more people are looking at Thoroughbreds for pleasure, eventing, and pasture partners. However, I have also seen quite a few people jump into something that they are not prepared for and this article is intended as a starting point so that you don’t bite off more than you can chew by buying or adopting a horse right off the track with no plan behind you.