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TRF Horses going to Colorado - ranch may take up to 600

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  • TRF Horses going to Colorado - ranch may take up to 600


    Article also states they've received over $350k in recent funding from Darley, The Jockey Club, NYThoroughbred Breeders, and private donors.
    But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

  • #2
    Hopefully this will be a bright spot for OTTBs and any previous (mis)management issues will be resolved going forward to the benefit of the TBs in need. Thanks CVPeg.


    • #3
      While it sounds great on one hand, how in the heck do you care for 600 horses all out on pasture? How do you give them the handling/retraining to get them adopted? Vet care/farrier care? That number just seems like it wouldn't be manageable to actually do anything with.


      • #4
        Survival of the fittest comes to mind. It can't be pretty.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by jetsmom View Post
          While it sounds great on one hand, how in the heck do you care for 600 horses all out on pasture? How do you give them the handling/retraining to get them adopted? Vet care/farrier care? That number just seems like it wouldn't be manageable to actually do anything with.
          I agree with this. What happens when the $350,000 runs out and no donations coming in? That's approximately $583.00 per horse per year. NOT a lot of money for just the basic care and feed IMO....


          • #6
            My pessimism is full blown on this one
            "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


            • #7
              Hay is hovering around $250- $300/ton here in CO. it can take anywhere from 20-60 acres/horse to pasture them, depending on irrigation, terrain etc. Snow generally flies for 5 months a year, hope they grow some coats. I see this going very badly. I know I am going to get flamed, but that money might be better utilized in euthanasia and proper disposal, as opposed to turning them out at a ranch and trying to keep 600 horses in good flesh. Just my .02 worth.
              Originally posted by The Saddle
              Perhaps I need my flocking adjusted.


              • #8

                Colorado is more desert than lush pasture. As the old timers used to say, hard on women, horses and dogs.


                • #9
                  Agreed with Rustbreeches and Beasmom!! I'm a recent transplant to CO and from person experience can attest that the east coast is much kinder to ponies (and myself). However, you can't find a 45,000 acre farm back east...
                  Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
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                  Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding


                  • #10
                    Rather disingenuous of the reporter to include a photo of a shiny sale prepped yearling. How about a photo of one of those 600? I doubt they look anything like the horse in the photo...
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                    • #11
                      Horses are harder on grass than cattle, too. Can't imagine these horses will end up on some ranch. The rancher would get a better return on a like number of cattle on his land than these horses.


                      • #12
                        Maybe they are being sent there to be fattened up.
                        The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 7HL View Post
                          Maybe they are being sent there to be fattened up.
                          Doubt it, with all the press it will get
                          Originally posted by The Saddle
                          Perhaps I need my flocking adjusted.


                          • #14
                            And there are better places to "fatten up" horses than Colorado.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Beasmom View Post
                              And there are better places to "fatten up" horses than Colorado.
                              We had a horse feed lot just down the road from me here. but that was before hay and feed skyrocketed. certainly can't fatten them on pasture!
                              Originally posted by The Saddle
                              Perhaps I need my flocking adjusted.


                              • #16
                                Got curious and googled Tom McKenna. Interesting read here...you have to download the article:

                                The ranch is near Walsenberg, CO in the southeast part. Not lush grass but
                                mostly flat or rolling hills if memory serves me right. McKenna is a thoroughbred breeder and sounds somewhat responsible, i.e, cut breeding
                                way back due to the economy.

                                He's in his 70's, though. From the picture, the wife looks much younger but a horseperson. So hopefully if this works out, it won't be a short term thing.
                                They also have a 1200 acre ranch in New Mexico which appears to be their
                                main base for the thoroughbreds. New Mexico has 5 tracks and a fairly thriving racing climate.


                                • #17
                                  Good luck to all involved but call me dubious. Wait and see, wait and see...
                                  GR24's Musing #19 - Save the tatas!!


                                  • #18
                                    That may be the same couple that agreed to take alot of mustangs that were just hanging out in gov't holding facilities, contributing to the $17 million annually spent by the gov't on captured mustangs not adopted out
                                    Originally posted by The Saddle
                                    Perhaps I need my flocking adjusted.


                                    • #19
                                      Nope, that was Boone Pickens, the billionaire energy guy. Now that was a scrary plan. Think it hasn't come to pass.

                                      Their 45,000 comes out to 75 acres per horse (600 horses). They will certainly be a fit bunch. At their NM ranch, the TB's got a lot of room to roam over various types of terrain. Gonna be a shock for the horses that have been kept in a more hot-house style.

                                      That said, when I moved to Colorado, my guy ended up in mountain pastures.
                                      No shelters. Fencing was 1 strand of electric on step in posts and drinking
                                      was from a marshy area. He had previously been stalled with day turnout.
                                      He was only there for the summer, but he absolutely surprised me and thrived. It got rid of the silly spooks, he paid more attention in lessons, and
                                      spent the next 15 years asking to go back to "camp" every spring.