This was Hip 583's fated moment, when for $280, this lame 23-year-old racing Quarter Horse was destined to come home with us. After the fact, we found out he was indeed an ex-racehorse -- "Old Smoky Touch," by Sea Otter, who raced just a handful of times at Los Alamitos, back in 1993. 21-years later, this elderly gentleman nearly found himself on a one-way trip to slaughter.
A much more recent Los Alamitos alum was also saved -- Hip 602 -- "Blaze Zing," was rescued for Sarah Parlier's rescue Equine Racers. The 5- year-old gelding had last raced less than 4-months ago, and had already fallen into the hand of match racers.
Hip 587, 18-year-old Thoroughbred gelding "Quaint Notion," was recognized on our page -- as a pony horse who had been taken straight from the racetrack to auction earlier that day... a representative showed up, to secure his safe return. Lucky boy!
We were also able to save Hip 584, the "pony" who turned out to be an Icelandic Horse, in a very unlikely setting!
And Hip 582, a very geriatric Thoroughbred broodmare -- our favorite type of save -- who after many seasons of bearing babies, still wore a sagging hanging belly, full teats, and freshly chewed "foal tail."
The most stunning save was when follower Connie called us in tears, recognizing our photos of Hip 565 as her beloved 20-year-old paint gelding "Rainbow's Copper Doc," who she had rehomed with a no auction contract. Nevertheless, there he was at auction. We're happy to report Connie and "Rocky," tonight, are reunited again.
And the emaciated stallion is settled in for the night at West Coast Equine Hospital! He was a good traveler, and despite his low body weight, was happy to begin eating as soon as he stepped off the trailer. Thank you to hauler Connie N. for the last minute transport to safety.
If anyone would like to donate to the emaciated stallion's care, donations can be made direct to the hospital at (805) 386-7151.
Another lucky group of very fortunate souls. Tomorrow is a brighter day, for all 7 horses!