We are very excited to announce a new division of The Horse Rescue... THR Elite Horses. While some of our horses are true rescues, others are not. The majority of our horses that come into our care are actually owner surrenders with little to no past lameness issues. We decided there needed to be a way to distinguish the "Elite Horses" from the horses who are in rehab, will be pasture or walk horses, or are retired.
To become a THR Elite, the horse must pass a health and wellness exam by an independent vet. The vet first does some basic checking of the eyes, ears, lungs, teeth and heart to make sure they are okay. Then, he hoof tests the horse to check for any sore points that might make them uncomfortable when they move. Last, he does flex tests of the front ankles and knees and hind ankles, hocks, and stifles. Lameness is scored on a 0 to 5 scale with 0 being no lameness and 5 being extremely lame (think a hoof abscess and how they move). If the horse scores a 2 or below, the horse qualifies to be an THR Elite Horse. If the horse has any known past injuries from racing, we will x-ray or ultrasound that area to confirm it is 100% healed.
The horse has to either have a show record or be actively in work to show. We typically compete at local shows, but if it permits, we will take them to away shows as well. We will also take the horse off the property to trail ride, jump cross country, or even fox hunt. The goal is to expose them to various places so they become comfortable with trailering and new surroundings.
While in the program, a THR Elite Horse will receive up to 6 days per week of training, various therapies to keep them feeling good, and premium supplements based on their needs. Our training sessions are typically 30 minutes long per day. They are different every day and are based on the horse's current ability. If the horse just started jumping, we will do a lot of gymnastics, where as if they are very knowledgeable in jumping, we will do more courses and technical work, like two stride to one stride combinations. We also do a lot of flatwork, such as cantering over poles, trotting poles in a row, and jumping small cavalettis. When they need a break from training, we take them out in the field for long hacks to increase their stamina. With the strenuous workload, we use different types of therapies to keep them feeling good. We love our vibrating floor and try to put them on it every day. We also use Centurion magnetic therapy, massage, chiropractic and acupuncture when necessary.
We are super excited about this program and look forward to offering quality, sound, and well-trained off-track Thoroughbreds to potential adopters. Check out our new website here: www.threlite.org.