Rescuing standardbreds tougher with out freeze manufacturers
Expensive fellow standardbred horsemen/horsewomen,
There’s something occurring that could be very a lot going to place the lives of many standardbreds in jeopardy when they’re performed racing and nobody appears to care. I believe the standardbred group wants to concentrate to this, as that is going to be a minimum of really horrifying.
Eliminating freeze manufacturers, goes to make it extraordinarily laborious for rescuers to determine the various unlucky standardbreds who sadly discover themselves in kill pens at grade horse gross sales and with sellers. The mandating of microchips is ok. Nonetheless, these horses actually need a mandated freeze model additionally. Whereas all horses in a kill pen absolutely need assistance, there are people who particularly attempt to find and assist the fantastic standardbreds that gave a lot to us. Issues are significantly better than they have been a number of many years in the past and many individuals search out standardbreds for his or her many constructive traits.
Some say that the rescuers can get a reader and scan their neck. Significantly, how practical is it to suppose that somebody can get into and crawl round a kill pen lot to go scanning the necks on all of the horses in there?! First, the proprietor of the kill pen might not permit it. Most don’t permit folks to take images or video and throw you out in case you are caught doing so.
Then, really it’s simply not practical, in addition to being extremely harmful, for somebody to be in scanning the necks on a bunch of unfastened horses in a pen that they have no idea. Ought to that very labor intensive and harmful feat be completed, the standardbreds then should be marked to distinguish them from all the opposite comparable trying, usually bay, horses in there – OR – they may have an simply seen freeze model on their neck. In any other case they’re simply one other brown horse.
However, the USTA by saying that freeze manufacturers at the moment are non-obligatory, doesn’t care. I’ve written to the USTA twice – no response. They’re really dropping the ball on this. Certainly they care in regards to the horses which have given us a lot. Or do they? How in regards to the hundreds of horses in Full Circle. Their freeze model is a lifeline for them at a time when they’re hanging by a thread. The people who enroll a horse in Full Circle are typically determined to seek out them. The dearth of a freeze model removes their solely probability.
You realize that fantastic child that you simply bred, raised, and raced however one way or the other finally misplaced observe of – he’s more likely to die a depressing dying, get a bolt put by his head, attributable to nobody discovering him in a kill pen now. Identical for a lot of previous fantastic champions, strong raceway performers, or these fantastic, as soon as liked Standardbreds that didn’t race for one motive or one other. At one time they have been all liked, but nobody cares sufficient about their lives to mandate a stamp on their neck which will very nicely assist them get out of dire straits. Actually? That is simply not o.ok.
As everyone knows, racing has a fairly dangerous identify within the press these days, with many tracks closing and really poor attendance. Higher aftercare of the horses, absolutely would assist the general public maintain the game in a greater mild. But, not freeze branding is almost certainly going to have tons extra of our beloved race horses ending up slaughtered. You’ll suppose our group would wish to assist stop this even when to even protect their very own future. Notice what occurred to Greyhound canine racing attributable to all of the dangerous press about it.
Microchips could also be a step ahead and I don’t doubt their constructive facets however failing to mandate a freeze model ALSO makes the USTA’s personal Full Circle program ineffective going ahead and removes the one probability these horses might have when their lives grasp within the stability. Why do you’ve got Full Circle when you’re going to take away their main technique of identification in important conditions?
— Leena Terrill / Holmdel, NJ
USTA’s Mike Tanner responds
Thanks for sharing your emotions relating to microchipping, which we do take severely. Microchips have been accredited on the 2018 annual assembly of the USTA board of administrators, and first applied with the foal crop of 2019. Whereas recognizing the considerations that you simply elevate, the board concluded that utilizing microchips because the technique of standardbred identification is much less invasive and painful to the horse, permits for inner temperature monitoring by caretakers, aligns with the requirements employed by different American breeds (most notably the thoroughbreds) and across the racing world, and supplies the most effective, most correct strategy to determine standardbreds. Each week, our Member Companies group fields calls from people attempting to determine freeze model tattoo numbers which can be both obscured or have been intentionally obfuscated. In virtually each case, these requests contain horses which can be older and have lengthy left the racetrack.
I acknowledge that no system of identification, microchips included, is ideal. Furthermore, as somebody who has visited the auctions to see what goes on there and, together with my spouse, owns and cares for a retired standardbred racehorse, I share your emotions about the necessity to prioritize aftercare for our equine athletes when their days of competitors have ended. The Affiliation stays dedicated to working with accredited rescue teams and anxious people to help within the identification of standardbreds in want, and to assist get chip readers into the fingers of those that will use them in these efforts.
One final thing. I requested my group to seek for any emails that you simply beforehand had despatched us, and got here up solely with request for a pattern copy of Hoof Beats in June 2014. Is that a part of the unanswered correspondence to which you refer in your doc, and would you be capable of ship to my consideration the opposite letter(s)? My apologies for any which will have gone unanswered.
— Michael J. Tanner / government vp/chief government officer USTA
Leena Terrill responds to Tanner
Hello Mr. Tanner,
Thanks for the response. Maybe I used to be not clear. I’ve no objection to microchips. What I believe is a giant mistake by the USTA is the elimination of freeze manufacturers. I perceive you get telephone requires assist figuring them out, however I wager that’s a low single digit proportion of the lots of of hundreds of freeze manufacturers utilized. I’ve seen with my very own eyes, lots of and possibly hundreds, of standardbreds whose freeze manufacturers are clear and simply readable and since they’ve a freeze model, will be picked out of crowded pens filled with horses, promoting by the pound or “as is.”
There are a lot of teams and people who often search out standardbreds in these settings, at a time when all they need to maintain them from sure dying is their freeze model. In any other case they’re simply one other bay horse.
The USTA developed the Full Circle program and hundreds of your members have enrolled horses in it as a result of they wish to know if that horse ever wants assist. Full Circle depends upon identification of the horse with a view to work. But, you’re intentionally eradicating the one seen identification of that horse. That model, 5 letters/numbers on the neck, 100 per cent means they’re a standardbred – no different breed makes use of that. You should utilize microchips AND use a freeze model. It doesn’t need to be one or one other. Why not try this? It supplies a second technique of identification when folks begin attempting to dig out chips, similar to they reduce out tattoos. Why would you cease doing one thing — freeze branding – that’s acknowledged and used to get horses out of the slaughter pipeline and into new jobs? Why would you are taking away the one probability these horses have when they’re within the worst potential scenario? It retains good individuals who wish to assist them from with the ability to try this.
Once more, this isn’t about microchips. That is about making your very personal program for members and their horses – Full Circle – ineffective for horses with out freeze manufacturers. Please rethink and use each technique of identification.
— Leena Terrill / Holmdel, NJ