Truth: One Of The ’52 Free Thoroughbreds’ Is Excelling In Her Career

The “52 Free Thoroughbreds” post is again making its rounds on social media, this time edited to note that the owner died of COVID-19. Originally posted on January 27 of 2011, each post read something along the lines of: “FREE HORSES!!!! 52 thoroughbred horses need homes. Will go to Sugarcreek this Sat. for slaughter. Gentleman died and his son wants nothing to do with them. Most broodmares are broke and some are in foal weanling, yearlings, 2 yrs. and 3 yrs. old most are gelded. FREE and papered. Friend of the deceased is trying to find homes. 440-463-4288 Barnesville, OH. Please copy and paste this on your status. I would hate to see all these horses put down. PLEASE someone help they are FREE and papered!!!!!!!!”

The horses in the post are real: They were owned by Ohio horse breeder and track veterinarian Dr. Daniel Stearns, who died in January 2011. Stearns was a founder of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association and served as president of Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protection Association. His son had no interest in continuing his dad’s racing and breeding program, and sought to dismantle it as rapidly as possible.

He asked Lynn Boggs, a friend of his dad, for her assistance in rehoming the 52 Thoroughbreds. Boggs made the plea on social media and was able to place all 52 horses by Feb. 1. One of the horses, a pregnant mare registered with the Jockey Club as Gray Hot Momma (Magnificent One x Hot Plate), was brought home by Joanne May.

“Mayzie” delivered a healthy colt and was then rehomed with Katherine Trimble of Trinity Farm, a nonprofit therapeutic riding facility in Streetsboro, Ohio. In addition to assisting riders with special needs, Mayzie also entered training to become an event horse. Trinity Farm teaches riders with and without special needs, encouraging upper-level riders to give back through the riding program.

Katherine says Mayzie is a brave and kind, excelling both as a therapy horse and in the competition arena. Though Trinity Farm does not typically use green Thoroughbreds as the new mount of choice for their therapy program Mayzie has been an amazing exception, proving invaluable to the program.

Read more at Horse Nation.

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