Standardbred Reggie, has been successfully adopted after spending a year in rehabilitation in Western Australia.
‘Reggie was in a bad condition and was surrendered to Second Chance Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation (SCHRAR) back in November, along with his companion, Isobel. Now is a different story however, with Reggie having been permanently adopted', stated a Second Chance Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation representative.
For Reggie, his story started when his owner passed away and the two Standardbreds (Reggie and Isobel) were part of a deceased estate. Unfortunately, the family could no longer care for them and sought assistance. ‘Both horses were unacceptably thin, with a body condition score of 2.5. They carried a massive worm burden and had terribly neglected teeth and feet’, said a Second Chance Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation representative.
According to the Registrar of Racehorses there are over 13,800 racing horses in Australia. After racing many race horses will be destined for slaughter, and may go to local knackeries to be used for pet meat. In fact. Animals Australia claim that ‘approximately 2,000 tonnes of horse meat is exported from Australia for human consumption in Japan and Europe annually (ABS figures). Over 25,000 horses per year are killed in this way in Australia’.
Often, many horses that do survive the slaughter are ill treated and uncared for, after being surplus to requirements. This is where organisations such as SCHRAR come in and rehabilitate and re-home these wonderful creatures. ‘I thought “why not adopt one”, as these amazing creatures are often disposed of after their racing careers, and don’t live out the life they deserve which is heart breaking to me. I believe every creature deserves a second chance as they are often the innocent party’, highlighted the adopter of Reggie.
Second Chance accepts equines that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Signs of neglect can include: if no treatment to wounds has been applied in over two days; that hooves are in bad condition (they should be rounded and smooth with no obvious cracks or splits); living conditions are not maintained (such as ensuring manure is removed daily and bedding kept clean and dry to prevent disease. Sufficient fresh water must be available to the animal at all times); rugging is not provided (where required) to keep horses warm.
‘We may also accept horses found wandering at large and will attempt to find their owners in conjunction with the local Shire Rangers. Horses that have been left at agistment with fees unpaid are also able to be surrendered to Second Chance in the event that the agistment centre owner is authorised to do so’, said SCHRAR. Second Chance do not however, have any legal right to remove horses from their homes unless their owners willingly surrender them. ‘Saving one horse will not change the world, but for that one horse his world has changed forever’, said Second Chance’s CEO, Sue.
Reggie continues to thrive after being rehabilitated by the Second Chance team and their volunteer fosterers. “Reggie has come a long way in a short period of time and bounced back beautifully as all it takes is love, care and commitment. We recently took him to the beach for the first time and he was a dream, a little nervy at first but then loved it, rolling and having a ball. We have had many lessons with natural horsemanship trainer Karen White... who had already done a lot of work with Reggie for Second Chance. Last year was all about bonding and building that relationship between us, and this year is all that and more... riding lessons, natural horsemanship clinics”, mentioned the adopter.
Reggie’s success is accolade to the work of Second Chance Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation, who are based in Western Australian. SCHRAR has rescued over 100 horses and improved the lives of countless others since its establishment in 2006. ‘We are run by unpaid volunteers with the help of an amazing group of foster carers who assist by taking our rescues into care. We are governed by a constitution and managed by a dedicated team of individuals’, said an SCHRAR statement.
The adopter continues to monitor and improve Reggies health and the future is an optimistic one for him. ‘My future with Reggie is to continue my lessons, more natural horsemanship workshops that are run throughout the year and trail riding with friends I’ve made at the agistment centre. I’ve always admired showing, so one day I’ll look into the Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Association and take part in their shows.”
This is just one of the many achievements that this project has and continues to reach. With such a majestic animal, that has been one of humans longest serving companions, it is immeasurable the kindness shown by this organisation. ‘There is a bright future as we work together to give our horses the care, respect and 'second chance' they deserve’, concluded CEO, Sue.
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