Just a few days before Christmas, Mindy Lovell of Transitions Thoroughbreds worked a miracle for one very battered Thoroughbred mare. Press Exclusive was one of the OTTBs rescued by Mindy from a slaughter holding pen in Canada. Thousands of U.S Thoroughbreds are sent to slaughter in Canada and Mexico every year. There is currently talk of bringing the barbaric practice back to the United States because the Pro-Slaughter side claims to be concerned about the horses welfare during transport to the slaughterhouses.
Take a look at the pictures of this mare if you can. This is what a horse looks like after being transported loose in a trailer designed for cattle. They are packed in too tightly to move or balance properly. The aggressive horses bite and kick the weaker ones and the haulers aren’t exactly animal lovers. If the horses fall or go down during the ride, they will likely be trampled to death. This is NO way to treat any living creature.
How did Press Exclusive end up in this nightmare? Maybe she wasn’t a good runner? Wrong! A quick search on Equibase will show that her career earnings were over $400,000 and her average earnings per start were around $9,000. If you add in the career earnings of her offspring, the number jumps to around $750,000.
Maybe she wasn’t well-bred and had no value as a broodmare? Wrong again! Her pedigree is quite impressive and she had numerous foals, including one named A Notebook. Her grand-sire was Fleet Nasrullah and there are plenty of other famous names in her bloodlines. Even with a down economy, one of her fillies just sold for over $10,000 in September. Press Exclusive is an older mare but she hasn’t reached such an old age that she would be useless.
Her unnamed yearling filly sold for $10,139
Philanthropist – Press Exclusive, by Press Card
(Annahein Racing Stables; Richard G. Hogan, agent) – Colleen Beaumier
You would think that earning over $400,000 might earn her a nice retirement on a farm somewhere. Whoever sent her to the auction didn’t agree. There are alternatives to sending a horse to an auction where you know they will likely be bought by a kill buyer and shipped to slaughter. Find an equine rescue or another program where the horse can go. Find a person that can be trusted to care for the horse. If no home can be found, call a vet and have the horse humanely euthanized. Yes, this costs money and so does burial or having the body hauled away but it gives peace of mind. The owner knows their horse will never end up in a nightmare like the one that awaited Press Exclusive. Yet another nightmare make still be unfolding. Mindy’s vet reports that Press Exclusive may have been nursing a foal as little as 6 weeks ago. This mare was bred to Milwaukee Brew for a 2012 foal. The terrible question: where is that foal now?
Press Exclusive was very lucky. She found a guardian angel. If she makes a good recovery, she may finally get retirement on a farm with one of her daughters for company. She deserves to live out the rest of her days in peace and safety.
“I would also like to thank every single person who has stepped up to help with her costs and are wishing her the best recovery possible and I will do my best to make this happen for her. I would like to add just one more thing for now – PLEASE do NOT send your horses to auction – there are alternatives!! PLEASE take advantage of them!! NO horse deserves this!!” – Mindy Lovell
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