Barbaro Updates: 743
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Update 4301: Jason Shandler notes the problem of horses after they are finished racing and makes mention of Fans of Barbaro: Thankfully, Problem of Unwanted Horses Finally Being Addressed, excerpt:
And of course, there are fan-based organizations such as the "Fans of Barbaro" who have raised money and awareness to tackle the issue of slaughter.
In closing, there is still much to be done to protect unwanted horses. The problem is not going away and will only get worse if it is not seriously addressed. More research is needed, rules have to be put in place to make owners and breeders more responsible for their own horses, and Congress must get around to passing a law that prohibits the transport of horses outside of the country for the purpose of slaughter. The bill keeps falling through the cracks.
Update 4300: Funny Cide is to be retired again, this time to the Kentucky Horse Park: KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER FUNNY CIDE COMING TO KENTUCKY HORSE PARK, excerpt:
Since his retirement as a race horse in 2007, the eight-year-old gelding has been used as Barclay Tagg's stable pony on the track. According to Barclay, "The rigors of racing and training for several years have started to cause him mild discomfort recently as he continued working on a regular basis as my stable pony. So, now the time has come, as he is turning 9-years-old, to really retire."
Robin Smullen, the Assistant Trainer to Barclay Tagg stated, "We have been fortunate and very blessed to have had Funny Cide in our lives. He has changed people's perspective about horse racing. Realistically, he is a once in a lifetime horse and now he will be able to touch other people's lives in his retirement. We will miss him dearly in our daily schedule."
Update 4299: A bit dreary this morning with a light covering of snow, but not too bad for the time of year I guess. We had six sets. Four went out before the break and the final two went to the gate once it opened for a little schooling. All in all it was an easy morning's work, although Mr. Rowdy keeps me quite alert coming home with some of his antics.