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On Friday January 18th friend and former co-worker, Tammy Beatty, from Woodbine saw Moo's photo posted on Need You Now Equine (NYNE).  Need You Now Equine is an establishment run by a lady named Tracey, who tries to rescue and rehome many horses who are bought for slaughter. Pictures are posted to Facebook with information about the horses and a purchase price. All the horses I have seen on NYNE are priced fairly cheap, with Moo being priced at $675.  When I saw Moo on my Facebook wall, I immediately called her former trainer, Marko Mesic.  We couldn't believe it.  It didn’t take long before I was on the phone with Tracey telling her that Marko and I were arranging a trailer to rescue her.  Tracy told me about another lady, Lindsey, who was looking to save her old horse Ellie.  After getting in touch with Lindsey, we worked out that we would all drive down to the feedlot to save our horses.

​Sunday, January 20th was a windy and cold day.  Marko and I arrived at Lindsey's bright and early.  We hitched up and rolled out of the driveway at 8:30am.  On the long journey Lindsey told us the story of Ellie, who didn't have the heart for racing and retired with no starts and sound.  Lindsey purchased her from a horse trader that had a connection at the track and helped to sell ex-race horses. Unfortunately, Lindsey was forced to make the decision to sell Ellie because of personal reasons.  Ellie was sold to a lady who competed with her for a year.  When she had decided to move on to another horse, she contacted Lindsey to offer her the opportunity to purchase Ellie back.  At that time Lindsey was still not in a position to take her back, but offered to help her sell Ellie, and find her a new home.  It was long journey with many stories shared, but as we approached our destination the butterflies started turning in my stomach.  Many questions went through my head “What would this place look like? Was Moo was ok?  What would we see?”.

When we reached the road, there was no number to tell us which driveway to turn down, but it was hard to miss the place as we saw a massive steel building with giant letters spelling out "LIVE STOCK".  As we pulled in it was horrific to see just how many loading and unloading docks there were.  Literally chute after chute and barn after barn.  I can remember Marko saying, "This is a scary place I tell you” and he was right!  Tracey greeted us outside of the building.  We got the trailer ready, grabbed our lead rope and blankets, and headed to the barn, where we found Moo and Ellie in a holding cell right at the entrance.  I looked around the place and there was not another animal in sight.  The space was dark, but had clean shavings.  Moo seemed to know where she was and wasn't having any part of it.  Marko tried to keep her still as I put on her halter and blanket. Tracey explained to us that every Tuesday auctions are held at OLEX in Waterloo, and this past Tuesday there were 54 horses.  The kill buyer Tracey partners with to help rescue the horses purchased 17, out of which 7 seemed sound/sane.   These 7 were posted on Facebook for a chance to be rescued. 

As we led our horses out to the trailer, poor Ellie could barely walk and almost fell.  Moo was so desperate to get out, that Marko had to hold her tight.  Moo walked right on the trailer as if she was knew it was a safe trailer.  Ellie struggled to get on because she was very weak in her hind end and her legs were stocked up.  Once on, both horses attacked the hay bags as if to say "finally food".  We closed the doors, started the truck, headed out the driveway and did not look back.  These girls were given their second chance and were going home. 



Monday January 21, 2013

Moro Moo's Journey Home - Saved from the Slaughter House, Literally

Moro Moo was born April 16, 2004, as a Thoroughbred intended for the race track. She was born with a crooked right front leg, but with surgery and wiring of the knee, the leg became strong enough for her to go on to the races.  Moo began her racing career at Woodbine Race Track in 2007, as a 3 year old. She retired at the age of 5, earning $100,310, and was sent to a good home to become a broodmare.