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A little encouragement goes a LONG way!

This is just too exciting not to post. I don’t mean to brag (even though I know I brag all the time, because, well… I’m awesome!), but my human and I were featured on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program‘s Facebook page! They posted a photo of us jumping five feet on their Facebook page to show people that small horses can still do anything that big horses can do, as long as they have a good human and a big heart!


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Friends, this just goes to show you that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. When I left the racetrack all those many years ago, I was certain that my failures on the track would mean a one-way ticket to the livestock auction, which would almost definitely mean death for a scrawny little guy like me! But I was rescued by a wonderful woman named Phyllis Dawson, and soon after that, I was adopted by my Mommy and Daddy. Even though I wasn’t adopted through the “New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program,” I still feel like I was absolutely one of the lucky ones. And I have all the respect in the world for “New Vocations,” because they’re dedicated to helping all of my friends and relatives find a new life after they are done racing.

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program was founded in 1992 to offer retiring racehorses a safe-haven, rehabilitation, and continued education through placement in experienced, caring homes. Most of the horses arriving at New Vocations are injured and thin, suffering the normal occupational hazards of racing. Without a useful skill to offer, their previous option was often a one-way ticket to the local livestock auction.

New Vocations provides a safety net for these horses, matching them with qualified individuals and following up on their rehabilitation and vocational training to ensure a successful transition. Our focus is on adoption versus retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have an individual home and purpose.

Nearly 5,000 retired Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds have been placed in qualified homes through New Vocations’ efforts since its inception. These horses have come from 30 different racetracks and have been adopted by families throughout the country.”

Thank you, New Vocations, for giving me such amazing and heartfelt encouragement. Mommy and I are ecstatic, and we really appreciate all the work you do to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds after their racing careers are over!

Well, that’s about all I have to say for now, y’all. Thanks for sharing in my excitement, friends, and remember: you can do anything if you put your mind to it! And don’t forget to tell your humans about New Vocations, so they can spread the word to any of their human friends who are looking to change the life of a lucky horse in need of a second chance.

Catch y’all later!

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Mapiya’s Story

Friends, although I had a great ride today – and a nice time laying down in the field with my Daddy – I have something much more important to talk about tonight.

I know you all remember my girlfriend, Brooke. Well, Brooke has a rescued Quarter Horse who is just a little younger than me. Her name is Mapiya, which is Sioux for “Heaven.” Mapiya is a beautiful, naturally talented little horse who loves life and, just as I do, loves to work. Unfortunately, right now, she isn’t able to work because she’s lame. Now, her lameness isn’t permanent… but it could become permanent if something isn’t done about it. You see, Mapiya has a bone chip in her ankle, and it causes her a lot of pain when she works, which means that she’s pretty much stuck in her paddock all of the time. Of course, her Mommy – my girlfriend – goes to see her all the time and loves her and takes her for walks and things like that… but my girlfriend can’t afford the surgery yet. She’s been saving up her money (I told her we would wait to get married until after Mapiya gets her surgery), but the surgery is expensive, and she doesn’t know how long it will take her to finish saving up the funds.

So, my girlfriend has set up a fund where she is receiving donations to try to help cover Mapiya’s surgery. If you have some time, click on the photo below to read Mapiya’s story – in her own words – and if you can spare a little change, please make a donation. Even the smallest amount helps. But seriously, read her story. It’ll make you cry. She was a rescue… just like me, but in a completely different way.

Click on the photo to read Mapiya's story, in her own words.

Click on the photo to read Mapiya’s story, in her own words.

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