Every day there is an endless supply of Thoroughbreds from all over the USA who will be forced to die in slaughter plants. They come from all walks of life: training centers, racetracks, breeding farms, riding stables, camps, and backyards. No matter their age, accolades, pedigree, or beauty they are deemed no longer worthy of the Sport of Kings and sold for their meat.
The menagerie of castoffs includes fresh off the track racehorses who are svelte and clad in shiny new aluminum shoes, OTTBs who didn't make it as riding horses, broodmares who weep for the foals they have been forced to leave behind, mares who could not become pregnant, and mares who whose offspring have not performed to expectations. No matter their past connections, these Thoroughbreds, no longer viable for financial gain, default to being priced by the pound. 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.
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 has directly saved the lives of many dozens of slaughter bound Thoroughbreds.
We offer a safe space, along with the time necessary, to restore each horse to health, and to reclaim his or her dignity. The recovery from mental and physical trauma Thoroughbreds endure in the slaughter pipeline is often long, arduous, and expensive. At Unbridled, the Horses set the timetable. We listen to their needs and honor their readiness to trust again. When our Horses tell us that they are ready to move on, we pair them with appropriate Adopters, Foster Partners, or permanent residency 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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