Every day there is an endless supply of Thoroughbreds from all over the USA who end up slaughtered. They come from all walks of life: training centers, racetracks, breeding farms, riding stables, camps, and backyards. No matter their age, pedigree, beauty, splendor, or accolades they are deemed worthless and sold for meat. It is estimated that annually 12,000-20,000 once coddled and prized American Thoroughbreds are packed into livestock trailers, shipped across borders, and ‘processed’ in Canada and Mexico.
The menagerie of castoffs includes fresh off the track racehorses who are svelte and clad in shiny new aluminum shoes, OTTB riding horses, broodmares who weep, barren mares, and mares whose offspring have not performed to expectations. No matter their connections, these Thoroughbreds, no longer viable for financial gain, default to being priced by the pound.
For the discarded horse, the semi-conscious euphemism ‘processed,’ means violently forced to die. With the help of contributors, donors, and an awesome army of Advocates, UNBRIDLED can intercept slaughter bound Thoroughbreds. The lives we have saved range in age from two to twenty-nine.
We offer a safe space, along with the time necessary, for each Horse to reclaim his or her dignity, and to convalesce from the shock of having been thrown away. The recovery from mental and physical trauma endured in the slaughter pipeline is often long, arduous, and expensive. When our Horses show us that they are ready to move on, we pair them with appropriate Adoptive Partners, or provide permanent residence in our Sanctuary.
When our Team identifies a Thoroughbred at auction, or in a Kill Pen, we have 24 to 72-hours to save his or her life. First, we reach out to past connections; the breeders, sales agents, trainers, and owners for funding. A small percentage, step up to help. With such a short redemption period, access to immediate funds becomes a matter of life and death.
We believe that breeders, owners, and trainers should be responsible for this funding. Thoroughbreds are brought into this world to participate in the Sport of Kings. In a 2018 interview, Jockey Club President and COO Jim Gagliano said that everyone who touches a Thoroughbred’s life should be able to contribute in some way to its aftercare. But until the industry mandates such, the merciless killing of American Thoroughbreds will continue.
Currently, no industry source exists, or is designated to purchase Thoroughbreds direct from livestock auctions, or the Kill Pens of Meat Dealers. When you give to UNBRIDLED, YOU SAVE THE LIVES OF THOROUGHBREDS.
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