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Adoption Program Provides Bright Life For Thoroughbreds In Retirement

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The following excerpt is from an article written by Lauren Barry for the Journal Online.

Amy Cone of Bellevue, IA, rides Snapphok, a former racehorse adopted through the Galloping Out program.

Amy Cone of Bellevue, IA, rides Snapphok, a former racehorse adopted through the Galloping Out program.

Have you ever wondered what happens to a racehorse after its years on the track are over? For the thoroughbreds that hoof around Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, their future is bright thanks to Galloping Out, an Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (ITHA) program that sets up retired racehorses with new careers.

Working as a racing horse is similar to an elite athlete. Horses are often ready to quit by age 8, according to Chris Block, president of Galloping Out. However, injuries, slow speeds or temperament can force horses out of the game earlier.

“Our horses can be anywhere from 3 to 10 years old,” Block told the Journal & Topics. They can live as long as 20-25 years, so having a place to go after their racing days is important for these animals.

Read the rest of the article at the Journal Online.

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