After the Finish Line: Rescuing Young Thoroughbreds in Maryland
Horse racing is one of our country's greatest past times. It is a sport filled with plenty of heart, riches, and tradition. Sadly, many young thoroughbreds who don't cut it at the track end up going to auctions where kill buyers purchase them for slaughter. To combat this problem, Beverly Strauss and Ginny Suarez, both former race horse trainers, started the Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue in Chesapeake City, MD. Their goal is to help these young and healthy horses find a second chance in a career outside of racing.
Beverly shared some of their story, "Ginny already had a dog rescue, Paws for Life, so we started MAHR as a division of PFL in Sept 2002, with a couple thousand dollars and a donated shed and field. We pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps after, and in 2012 separated the two rescues. We now have 30+ horses at a time on 160 acres."
This young thoroughbreds are used to one thing, running fast, so a good bit of retraining is needed. Beverly and Ginny work to get all of the horses going at the walk, trot, and canter under saddle before progressing to small fences.
New adopters are found through word-of-mouth and referrals from previous adopters. "We make sure it is a safe and suitable match- a horse the adopter really likes and one that can do the job for that adopter," Beverly explained.
The program has been very successful over the years and they are proud of the work they have done in Maryland. "We have placed well over 1000 tbs since we started, as well as rescued many more for other programs. We were one of the first TB rescues. We are fully accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. We received our first grant in 2002 from TB Charities of America. We made an appointment with the founders and told our story and our goals, and they have supported us every year since then. We were one of six rescues nationwide invited by the ASPCA to participate in their Rescuing Racers Initiative."
The Mid Atlantic Horse rescue makes an extra effort to pair each horse up with the right type of owner. "We really strive to make that perfect match, and stand behind our horses always." To learn more about the Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue, see the information below.
Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue
Location: Chesapeake City, MD
Donate: PO Box 407, Chesapeake City, MD 21915
Trailer: NEEDED (16 ft stock trailer with a 7 ft ceiling)