all in Aftercare

Fighting Furrari, better known as the primary horse used in the 2003 movie “Seabiscuit,” has been retired from his duties as Santa Anita Park’s mascot and has been relocated to the Square Peg Foundation in Half Moon Bay, Calif., which specializes in providing horses for emotional support for children with autism.

After seeing all the videos of people getting new horses this holiday season, you’ve decided it’s the perfect time to get an off-track Thoroughbred (OTTB). You’ve visited the track often and tune in to the races on television so getting a retiring racehorse seems like the natural first step.

However, before you jump in with both feet, there are some things to consider when bringing a former racehorse to the family. We’ve talked to some big names in aftercare to get their opinion on 12 things you need to consider before taking a new horse home.

This story is the second in a three-part series looking at the formation and growth of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance since its inception in 2012.

This story is the first in a three-part series looking at the formation and growth of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance since its inception in 2012.

When news broke early this decade of poor situations for multiple retired racehorses, concerned horsemen came together to create the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) to raise the standard of racehorse aftercare.

Supporting Thoroughbred aftercare, The Real Rider Cup brings riders together from all facets of the Thoroughbred industry to raise funds for aftercare. America’s Best Racing writer Melissa Bauer-Herzog is currently training for the 2020 edition of the event and is documenting her training up to next September’s show.

While I took every chance I had to ride in October, getting on horses in three different states during a hectic month of travel, November was a different story.

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