BRETT: Now your EIB High Note: A retirement home for horses. Yesterday we brought you a couple of horse stories, the Preakness champion as well as the one about the federal government program that was intended to help wild horses, but who actually ended up hurting them instead. People exploited the program for their own personal gain, and majestic animals were slaughtered.
Well, today we have a positive counter to that with a story out of Georgetown, Kentucky, about a nonprofit that’s truly devoted to helping these majestic animals. Old Friends is a sprawling 275-acre retirement home for thoroughbred racehorses, founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen after he learned that the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand had died in a slaughterhouse.
Blowen wanted to give these horses the retirement they deserved, whether they won on the track or not. There are now over 200 residents. But he admits he has a soft spot for one former champion named Silver Charm.
BLOWEN: I can’t imagine a happier person on the planet earth because I get to wake up every morning and see Silver Charm every day. Every day.
BRETT: That was the champion in ’97, I believe. Silver Charm, a beautiful horse, a beautiful horse. It receives no government funding. In fact, they have a veterinarian that works with them that has been doing it out of the goodness of his heart. And you can see this great video profile of their work over at RushLimbaugh.com.
That’s RushLimbaugh.com, and you can see the tremendous work that’s been done with this rescue with these horses. Horses are such incredible, incredible animals. They have all got their own personality like you’d expect with any pet, but these horses are remarkable because they are bathed in the glory of victory at the highest possible level and then some cases forgotten, cast off, or worse.