OTTB, what does that mean? Off the track thoroughbred (TB). One that has raced during its lifetime, but no longer does. Thousands of TB's are bred for racing every year and very few make it to the big time. Most don't win enough, earn enough or become lame so their racing career ends and they are moved on. Many, like our beautiful Ruby become broodmares. It is hard to know her entire history because she was dumped at Mike's Auction 11-9-13, in a group of old broodmares, no papers, no information.
Rescued by Megan and Auction Horses Rescue, she was fostered by Natalie and through their research they found out she was born in 1991 and raced in Florida. How she got to CA is a mystery and something we may never know.
Her rescue medical records noted lameness on her right hind leg, underweight, bad hoof care and some sinus drainage. Natalie helped Ruby's rehab by getting her weight normal, feet cared for and the sinus issue cleared up. Her vet noticed bone spavins
(osteoarthritis in the hock) and ringbone
in her pasterns, which contributed to her lameness but are not curable.
Ruby was well cared for in her foster home and got to have some fun being ridden a little and even participating in some jousting practice.
But her lameness made it clear a sanctuary was the best place for this sweet, older mare, so Ruby came to us in March of 2014 to live out her days.
She loved to kick up her heels from time to time and our 5 acre pasture gave her the chance to do just that with the other horses when the mood suited her.
Race horses are prone to injuries, fragile bones and permanent lameness issues caused from being raced when they are so very young. Most start their racing career at age two, meaning they are ridden as a yearling. Competition at such a young age is so stressful to their growing bones and a very sad side of racing.
Ruby was no exception and an injury to her right hind leg during a storm on January 21st, had our sweet girl cross the rainbow bridge which freed her from any discomfort or pain. We have been touched she has been part of our herd and are glad she could live out those days free from any responsibilities with the joy of being just a horse.
I feel blessed to have shared so many tender moments with such a gentle soul.
We honor you Ruby, registered Jockey Club name Shanghaied, for your life of giving to others and though we miss you, we know you run with the wind in heaven carried by the the wings of the angel you have become.
Rest in peace our precious gem Ruby.
1991 to 1-21-15