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Horse Adoption, Welfare, and Charities

In the early 1900s, Jill Girardi-Thomas’s father, Monte, started a business using his team of horses and a wagon to haul potatoes at Chicago’s South Water Market. Years later, he bought his daughter her first horse. Today, Girardi-Thomas breeds...
Q: I’m wanting to adopt an off-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) and help him through the last stages of rehabilitation from minor racing injuries. What are the best questions to ask the vet that has already worked with the horse in...
In Oakland, Oregon, the 1,120 acre Duchess Sanctuary is home to 196 horses and donkeys rescued from public lands, slaughter, the pharmaceutical industry, and other horrific situations.Forty-five of the Sanctuary residents are over the age of 20, making them...
Catch up on Flickers' story so far in part one and part two.By summer’s end, the mums outside the barn have opened up to share their autumn colors and the flowering vines have reached their full pink glory. Flickers...
Photos courtesy Maker's Mark Secretariat Center With summer coming to an end and back-to-school bells starting to clang in Kentucky and across the country, Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has taken on its next class of shining pupils that are earning...
If you haven't read part one of the story yet, click here to start from the beginning.The morning after high-school senior Cassidy Paradis committed to buying the rescue horse she would later name "Flickers,” the 18-year old made her...
The cavernous golden nostrils sniffling and snuffling the bars of the dark stall caught my attention. I reached out to touch the horse’s nose and noticed a hand-written note attached to the stall door: "No Treats.”It seemed like a...
If you’re a people person with a passion for horses in need, running an equine adoption facility may be the perfect fit for your skill set. Karen Gustin, Executive Director for the Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) in Nicholasville,...
What do you do when your two passions are riding horses and the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry? For me, it’s simple. Find sound, sane, well-conformed Thoroughbreds from great connections in the racing world, unearth their natural skills and...
Rena StarlightFor the next few months, HorseChannel.com will be giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) in Lexington, Kentucky. Following multiple horses throughout their time at the center, readers will find out how Thoroughbreds...
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