Fire and Ice Horse Rescue was created by Jennifer Osborne to rehabilitate and retrain OTTBs. The goal is to make all horses rideable through natural horsemanship and good ground work and then transition them into a new career. Once the ex race horse has a new career they are more likely to avoid slaughter or abuse.
5-10% of race horses bred in this country will ever see the race track
61,000 race horses run on low level tracks and are never in the public eye
1,200 horse deaths a tracks in 2008
166,000 American horses went to slaughter in 2007 (ASPCA)
"Each year the racing industry produces about 20,000 Thoroughbred foals in North America. Most of them go into race training, and most of those get tattooed and have a least one start on the track. They race for a season or two, sometimes three or four, but eventually because of lack of desire to keep running, or because of some kind of injury, they retire from racing. None of the geldings have any future within the racing industry, and most of the mares lack pedigree to become broodmares. Consequently, between 10,000 and 15,000 young Thoroughbreds each year are “jettisoned” from the use for which they were bred, and unless they can be retrained for a riding or driving job, their future, to put it bluntly, is “dim.” The racing industry is not blind to the negative publicity of “dumping” thousands of young racing rejects into situations which may lead some of them to the auction kill pens. Nobody wants that, but the challenge has been to create alternatives that real people can do on realistic budgets. These horses are young, big, strong, fit, and often sensitive. They are used to running at top speeds in straight lines, and they have been trained to outrun other horses. They will not have been trained to turn, speed up, slow down, and stand quietly. Making a calm sport horse out of an aggressive race horse isn’t something that every backyard horse lover has the know-how to get right".- Quote from Denny Emerson Gold Medal winner in eventing Fire and Ice Horse Rescue is an official nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Fire & Ice Horse Rescue gives exrace horses a 2nd chance at life.
Videos of Our Rescues
This is the first of many video blogs that will be chronicling the progress of the most recent rescue horse.
This video is from the clinic with Olympic Silver Medalist Greg Best. This was the second clinic that Jennifer and her horse MC participated in with Greg Best. Here he talks about the OTTBs improvement since the first time he saw the pair.