Horses sometimes come to Racer Placers who are not likely candidates for adoption, either because of age or because although they are comfortable in a pasture situation, they are not able to be ridden or driven. Most of these horses could be nice pasture pals, but we recognize that today there is simply not much call for pasture pals.
On average, it costs $100 per month to feed and care for a horse. Of course, this does not take into account overhead. Racer Placers currently has 6 horses who we consider “residents”, and 3 others that we know will be with us longer term. Below you will find a picture and description of each horse. If you would like to be a part of contributing to any of these horses well-being, we invite you to “sponsor” a horse. Our basic sponsor fee is $20 per month, but of course, you may give more than that if you care to.
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Flag Dale Road
This very sweet and pretty gelding came to Racer Placers from the east coast, where after a short racing career, he became a “road horse”. He seems to have changed hands many times in his life, and obviously encountered owners who did not care for his welfare at all. He arrived at Racer Placers two years ago very thin. As you can see in his picture, his rear fetlocks are dropped and his hocks are large. It appears that once they had extracted all the work they could from him, his owners simply took him to a slaughter sale. There he was purchased by a kind woman who sent him to Racer Placers in hopes of finding a good life for him.
Flag Dale Road has paid his dues to mankind many times over. He has been made to pull loads much too heavy for him, and that has taken a terrible toll on his rear legs. Today he is happy in a pasture with other horses. He is active, and trots and canters freely in the pasture. We believe that at 14 years old, Flag Dale Road will be able to enjoy several more years of comfort and companionship with the rest of Racer Placers’ resident horses. We believe he has certainly earned a soft retirement.
To help sponsor Flag with a monthly payment of $20, please use the button below. You may cancel at any time. To make a one time sponsoring donation, see the button above.
Fox Valley Viper
As far as becoming a race horse, Fox Valley Viper entered the world with the cards stacked against him. Born breeched, his hind legs had to be in casts for the first few months of his life. As he was nearing two years old, he began knuckling over on his right front. As it became more obvious that this very sweet gelding was not going to make it to the track, he came to Racer Placers to give him time to mature and learn to be a nice pleasure horse. Our wonderful veterinarian, Doctor Johnson, performed surgery on the tendon in his right front leg, he was shod with an egg bar shoe, and 10 weeks later, the shoe is off, he no longer knuckles over, the leg is beginning to look quite normal, and Viper is learning ground manners!
He is a very big two year old at 16.3 hands, and big boned, also. He loves attention, loves people, is not spooky, and in time is going to be a wonderful pleasure horse. It will be some time before Viper is available for adoption and in the meantime, he would love to have a sponsor!
Update: October 2018:
Viper continues to be his sweet, lovable self. He has shown us that driving is no big deal. 🙂 So, his exercise now involves a few short drives each week. Since we know he will be with us for some time, he would appreciate your joining Cyrene and Katie in sponsoring him.
Incredible Brando is one of the sweetest horses around. He is 14 yrs. old and is not rideable due to an old racing injury, but is sound enough for light driving, and is a wonderful pasture buddy. Brando gets along with every horse in the pasture, and loves every person he has met while with us.
He has very good manners and is an easy keeper, needing nothing but good quality hay or pasture, free choice minerals and salt.
If you are looking for a perfect pasture pal, Brando just might be the guy for you. If not, he would appreciate your sponsorship!