We tried to rescue him last year when he came to auction, underweight and with overgrown feet. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful. His owners, who had "adopted" him a couple years back from a failed rescue, decided the horse they had since starved and neglected, was somehow worth $1,000. Funds we simply didn't have.
Several months followed, desperately trying to track the horse down. His prior racing connections were devastated, having thought they'd done the right thing, allowing a rescue to place him off the track but instead, that was the outcome.
Today, Buck Tuddy Buck, came back to auction, in far worse condition than the last time. Clearly, his feet have not been trimmed in over a year's time, his spine protruding...speaking volumes as to what he's endured.
Tonight, for $175...Buck Tuddy Buck, finally, is safe
After auction, we found the big grey having a difficult time walking on his duck-like feet. Tripping is frequent. We hope there's no damage to his coffin bones or founder in his future.
We're also doubtful his teeth have been looked at, let alone any routine vet work, since his last owners took him into their "care" . Getting all these things addressed, so this once beautiful racehorse can shine again, are our goals.
If you would like to help us help Buck Tuddy Buck, please donate to http://www.auctionhorsesrescue.com/donate.html
Also, a big thank you to Buck's last trainer at the track, Valerie Rhoden, for her continued concern for this horse, this long year we've been worried sick as to where he's really been. Now, we know, and that chapter of his life is now over. Valerie's support, in the end, made it possible to rescue Buck Tuddy Buck.