Brandon, 9, says he couldn’t bear the thought of the ex-racehorse, whose looks reminded him of his own, going to slaughter. So after his mother explained to him that 17-year-old mare Karazan had been purchased by a meat buyer and would likely go to the slaughterhouse, he asked her to spend his birthday money to save her instead.
Her name is Meri. She is an OTTB (Off The Track Thoroughbred) that was saved from an uncertain future by Sleeping Fox Farm & Thoroughbred Rescue. She has been rehabilitated, retrained (Show Jumping, Eventing, and Dressage) and is now available for adoption.
The horses— 11-year-old gelding Cool Checkers and 10-year-old mare Nature’s Fancy— were run through the New Holland Auction and purchased by a meat buyer so fast that it was almost a miracle that Thoroughbred advocate Allie Conrad caught a look at them, and better than that, managed to take pictures including their lip tattoos, and put out an alert on Facebook page OTTB Connect.
World's oldest horse trots his final furlong: Irish draught Shayne, 51, put to sleep at Essex sanctuary after reaching 120 in human years