PA Racehorse Rehoming, Rehabilitation & Rescue
PA Racehorse Rehoming, Rehabilitation & Rescue
1008 Piketown Rd
HARRISBURG PA 17112
Tax ID/EIN: 66-0821935
Year Founded: 2014
Last Updated 2017-02-22
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Why are we a Messenger?
The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.
Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.
Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Horse Welfare
Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.
Our organization's primary activity is equine rescue, adoption & retirement.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.
Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.
Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Our efforts focus on the well being, re-homing, and education and support of ex-racehorses and finding them new careers after their racing careers have ended. We also support at-risk shelter dogs and occasional at-risk horses that end up neglected or in auction/slaughter situations when finances and abilities allow us to help.
Rehabilitating injured Thoroughbred ex-racehorses, Thoroughbreds that have been in race training, as well as other rescue horses of different breeds: <br /><br />We take in mostly Thoroughbreds that have previously raced or been in race training (and occasionally other breeds that have not been involved in racing) who have experienced career-limiting or career-ending injuries or conditions and rehabilitate them so that they may be valuable for other careers and uses. Medical procedures, appropriate resting facilities, diagnostics and treatments are provided as necessary.<br /><br />We have accomplished long-term success with at least 25 previously injured, ill or neglected horses over the past 2 years. We follow up on all adopted PARR horses every month for the first year since adoption and then every other year for at least a total of 3 years. <br /><br />We are successful in treating and rehabilitating at least 80% of our injured, ill or neglected horses back to useful, sound and healthy adoptable statuses. A special few become comfortable life-long special needs or special care "lifers" at our sanctuary as necessary. <br /><br />Program success is monitored by the number of successful adoptions, adopter satisfaction and long-term usefulness and healthfulness of our adoptees.<br /><br />An example of our success with this program is Phil Dancer. Phil Dancer, is a stakes-winning TB racehorse who was listed on Facebook for free or was going to have to be euthanized. When we became aware of his plight Phil had already passed through one other equine rescue, but due to a fractured sesamoid bone in his front ankle and his bully attitude in the group herd, he was deemed to likely not be adoptable and permanently disabled. <br /><br />We rehabilitated, monitored and medically treated Phil's injuries and even rode him at the PA World Horse Expo in OTTB demonstrations and clinics. We trained him to jump and he was eventually adopted by his previous race jockey's wife as a competition showjumping horse.<br /><br /><br />Rehabilitating neglected and unwanted slaughter-bound horses:<br /><br />PARR occasionally takes in auction or kill buyer owned horses, bound for sale at slaughter in Canada or Mexico. Their illnesses and conditions are identified, treated and/or managed until they are healthy and trained enough to be useful equine companions for adopters.<br /><br />All auction/kill buyer rescue horses that PARR has taken in have been successfully re-homed and followed up with, except for two. One appendix mare, who was pregnant at the time of rescue, remains at the main PARR farm at this point in time. She is showing difficulties with training, but we are working through those. The other kill pen rescue was a young filly who lived with us and was the riding companion of one of our volunteers for over two years. She even competed in some local horse shows. She suddenly passed away in front of our President and veterinarian, as well as farm workers, and despite our greatest and most immediate response and attempts at treatment, she died in our arms. A necropsy was performed and cause of death was diagnosed as due to renal failure and systemic uremia due to rare numerous very large and damaging kidney stones. <br /><br />All other rescue horse injuries, illnesses and conditions have turned out to be completely resolved or successfully managed.<br /><br />An example of a success story from this program is a young, very large TB gelding named Popcorn. Popcorn was rescued from a kill buyer and was extremely underweight and made a loud noise when exercising. Once he was nutritionally and systemically healthy an upper airway endoscopic exam was performed and his condition was diagnoses as complete left vocal fold paralysis. His prognosis was determined to be excellent for low to mid-level athletic endeavors and he was adopted by a woman who wanted a horse for light riding and to do some occasional fun jumping with. He is currently very healthy and loved by his adopter and now his adopter, Jen, is even a volunteer at our organization besides!<br /><br />Re-training and re-homing Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and other program horses:<br /><br />PARR takes in Thoroughbreds that have raced or been in race training (OTTBs), but who are no longer valuable to their owners in this manner. Owners are more likely to send their OTTBs to public auction or slaughter if there are not programs and rescues, such as PARR, in place to keep them safe and to transition and make them suitable for other equestrian disciplines.<br /><br />The majority of OTTBs that we have taken in have then been adopted out to excellent homes and have gone on to become show horses, trail horses, pleasure riding horses and companions. Over the past few years, only a handful of adopted PARR horses have been returned or taken back.<br /><br />An example success story for this program is Max. Max was never raced but trained to the point where he was almost ready to make his first race start when he bowed his tendon. PARR managed and repaired his tendon injury over time and taught him how to ride as a hunter/jumper. Based on his amazing natural movement and quick learning ability, as well as his overall health and soundness, he was adopted out as a show horse to a wonderful family.
We will provide presentations at birthday parties and other functions and speak about canine safety as well as talk about the basic husbandry and interesting facts about dogs, cats, horses, goats, cows and more.