Timely: A Racehorse Rescued from Slaughter

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Posted May 3, 2013 by Sean Horvath

I’ve been “that horse girl” for as long as I can remember. For me, Black Beauty was canon and a pony was at the top of every birthday list from the moment I could form words. I may or may not subscribe to four different horse-themed magazines, and I won’t even tell you what’s in my video queue (hint: it rhymes with Schmear it: Scallion of the Cimarron).

People are always taken aback when I tell them how much I hate the Kentucky Derby. Like, hate it. But how could I not after what almost happened to my baby, Timely?

Timely was born in Kentucky to a small-time, “responsible” breeder. His sire was a well-known and moderately successful racer, and his mother had thrown similarly moderately successful foals. He was one of just the handful of colts they’d bred that year, and before his first birthday had passed his racing career had begun.

There was only one problem: Timely didn’t like to run.

Sure, he looked impressive galloping in the fields with other yearlings, but he just wasn’t competitive. He was considered, in fact, too sweet towards his fellow horses. Somehow this meant he was useless—Timely was simply too expensive to keep as a companion. There was only one thing left for him, as for the thousands of other “useless” racehorses bred each year: an early grave met at the slaughterhouse.

Luckily, a desperate last-minute call brought him to the attention of my trainer at the time, and an introduction to me soon followed. It was love at first sight, and we have been best friends ever since.

He still has some old remembrances of his racing days:

  • A tattoo bar-code on the inside of his lip
  • Perpetual back problems
  • Suspicion towards anyone of diminutive size equipped with a whip

—But he is finally safe at his forever home.

So horse-lovers of the world, unite! Denounce the industry that would turn a unicorn into dog food if she couldn’t run fast enough! Trust me, Black Beauty will thank you. 

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  • Profile photo of selenaliz

    725 days ago

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    It is people like you that give me hope in humanity.

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    742 days ago

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    That is an amazing story :) I am sure Timely appreciates your compassion!

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    744 days ago

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    Supercool example of how each person can make a huge difference! :)

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    746 days ago

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    Im glad at last this one horse got a second chance.

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    748 days ago

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    So pleased that he has found his forever home! :)

  • 1349 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That is so sweet. My equestrian class went on a trip to different horse places, one of them being a training camp for race horses. It was sick what was there. The rest of my class loved it, but I felt like I could throw up. It was horrible. The horses not a year old were training and they had to bandage their legs because they trained them so hard and so young, their legs would bleed. It was really sad. I’m really happy you saved your buddy from that. I wish I could afford to have my own big pal like that :)

  • 1380 days ago

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    awe, thats awesome that hes safe now :) i love horses though! i wish i could rescue a race horse but i can’t cuz of where i live :(

  • 1387 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thanks for this blog post! I’m “that horse girl” too. 😉

  • 1387 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i actually started crying reading this.. i have a horse, & would HATE to see her or her yearlings get sent to one of these. /:

  • 1388 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I used to like horse races (I would win some money) but then I found out about the slaughterhouses and now I don’t like them.

  • 1389 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    awww =]

  • 1389 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    horses shouldn’t be used for entertainment. It’s awful

  • 1389 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have always hated the Kentucky Derby. My grandmother is from Kentucky and she used to watch the Kentucky derby ever year…until she found out about how the horses were treated and that they were slaughtered if they couldn’t run fast enough!!! Thank you for adopting Timely!!!

  • 1389 days ago

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    My old dog used to love horses. When he went to the local farm he went to the pasture and played with them (and cows) like they were dogs. He (my old dog) even taught one horse, Johnny, how to fetch.

    • 1387 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Timely and I play fetch, too!! Though his fave game is still tag (which I lose … always, haha). ;-D

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