I was sent this story:
I was sent this story…
As with many Thoroughbreds in the racing industry, life is hard. While reading this article, I was angry a few times…
But, that isn’t why I’m reposting it here.
I wanted to celebrate the good parts.
I was so relieved that:
A) Auction Horse Rescue found him and was able to step in and save him from a horrible fate…
B) The original breeder found out about the gelding’s plight and offered to give him a forever home out in a green pasture.
This now lucky gelding was truly aptly named: RETURN OF THE KING – he is going back to his original breeder. Sweet.
THE STORY IN A NUTSHELL – Auction Horse Rescue
Megan Gaynes runs a rescue that wasn’t named in the article. I’ve surmised that her Rescue is Auction Horse Rescue... they do GREAT WORK – what I could not stomach – they go to the So Cal auctions, document the horses on FB, find potential homes and bid for these horses. Here is their FB page. If you need a horse for any reason, consider checking out their FB page and getting pre-registered so if you see a horse, you can get him/her: Auction Horse Rescue.
Anyway, it was at one of these So Cal auctions that Megan found a very sad TB gelding. He was sore, head down, obviously in pain.
Megan bid on the gelding herself. She knew he wouldn’t be going to anyone but the meat buyer.
After taking a photo of his tattoo and sending it to a friend, they realized that this poor gelding was once a successful racehorse. His name, RETURN OF THE KING.
But, that was just the tip of the iceberg on this story…
One of the reasons that RETURN OF THE KING was sold out of his racing career was because his owner and several members of his family were killed on Christmas eve, 2008. Horrible.
No one knows what happened to RETURN OF THE KING during the 6 years after that horrific night, but by looking at his Xrays and ankle injuries, they believe he was used in horse tripping. Horrible.
But, the good news is full circle… RETURN OF THE KING’s original breeder, James Keogh, heard about the gelding’s fate, and offered his home back to this deserving gelding.
THE BEST PART OF THE STORY, FOR ME…
This is the best part of the story for me… a quote from James Keogh (RETURN OF THE KING’s breeder):
“I brought him into this world, and I feel like I’m still responsible for him,” Keogh said.
I wish it was that way for all of them…