Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘Down The Road,’ Then Out Of Sight

What happens when you try in earnest to do the right thing for a horse you love, but something still goes wrong? Your attempt at finding him a soft spot to land when his racing career concludes turns to a desperate search for his whereabouts, due not to your own indifference for his well-being, but someone else's.

It is a scenario that, while not common, is not exactly uncommon, either.

It's the situation in which Vivian Malloy, owner of Edition Farm in Hyde Park, N.Y., has found herself. Just as racing has been her passion throughout her life, so too has been the process of finding her retired racehorses the perfect homes at the conclusion of their careers, keeping up with them through emails, pictures and videos from their new owners.

I was recently sent a flyer asking if I had any idea of the whereabouts or well-being of the horse pictured and described – The Hooman (nicknamed “Aero”). It was the same flyer I had seen on message boards and social media sites, which included photos of him from every angle and a detailed description of the scenario that led to his disappearance. It showed a horse that was very much loved as a foal, a racehorse, a steeplechaser and in retirement. The flyer included a plea from his breeder to the public asking for information on his whereabouts and well-being.

“Our horses give so much to us in racing. Making certain they have the care and homes they deserve afterwards is the least we can do for them,” wrote Kathy Landman, a photographer and friend of Malloy's. Landman shared the flyer with Sam Elliott, director of racing at Parx Racing, who then forwarded it to me in hopes of helping to get the word out.

“The Hooman was the foal of a dear mare who died, and she barely herself made it into this world. Her name was Behrly Mine,” said Malloy. “'The Hooman' was an affectionate name for my husband that my grandchildren called him, so there you have part of what he meant to me.”

Malloy and her family live an equestrian life. Their Edition Farm began as a tractor shed in 1971, and over time grew into a beautiful equine nursery. In addition to breeding and racing Thoroughbreds, they foxhunt and trail ride, and their children and grandchildren were involved with horse shows and their local Pony Club.

Just a quick browse through their farm's website (www.editionfarm.com) offers a glimpse into their approach to horse ownership. Highlighted in beautiful photos, stories and news articles are tales of not just their own horses carrying their silks across the finish line, but of their former horses finding success for their new owners on racetracks and in show rings throughout the region.

“[The Hooman] did not pan out as a racehorse, nor as a steeplechase horse, so my friend who rides almost daily down the road said there were people at the farm who might have an interest in adopting him as a riding horse,” explained Malloy. “He literally went just down the road.”

Malloy inquired about him regularly with her friend, but the answers became increasingly vague.

“She said someone wanted him and was trying him and she lost track of him,” said Malloy. “She does not know what happened to him, where he went, what condition he is in, if he is being cared for. I have adopted out many, many horses. People send me photos, emails … they have all gone onto happy careers and it is so heartwarming to have those updates. The Hooman was given by me in full trust that the same would occur.”

As is stated on the flyer Malloy distributed, she is in no way attempting to pressure or villainize the person(s) who are currently in possession of The Hooman. While she is happy to take him back if he is unwanted, she would simply like to connect with his current owner so she can follow his progress and get an update on his well-being.

Added Malloy, “I would love to just find out where he is and how his life is now. I owe that to this beautiful chestnut that anyone would love to have.”

If you think you might know the whereabouts or have information that may lead Ms. Malloy to find The Hooman, please contact Kathy Landman 917-463-7933 or [email protected]. The Hooman is tattooed and microchipped.

Name: THE HOOMAN (a.k.a.”Aero”)

Born: March 9, 2009
Color: Chestnut
Sire: Henny Hughes
Dam: Behrly Mine
Sale History: RNA for $19,000 as a yearling at the 2010 Keeneland September Sale

Race Record: 7-0-0-0
Race Earnings: $3,620

Jen Roytz is a marketing, publicity and comprehensive communications specialist based in Lexington, Kentucky. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, her professional focus lies in the fields of equine, health care, corporate and non-profit marketing. She holds board affiliations with the Make a Wish Foundation, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and the Retired Racehorse Project, among others. While she currently has no plans to build an arc, she is the go-to food source for two dogs, two cats and two off-track Thoroughbreds.

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