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Bringing a Retired Racehorse Home - What to Expect From Your New Friend

Free workshop for potential owners offers keys to ex-racehorse ownership

BARRINGTON, Ill., May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- As they turn for home in this year's Triple Crown races, the Thoroughbred racehorses vying for racing's top prizes will achieve top speeds of close to 40 miles per hour. That athletic ability is one reason why Thoroughbred racehorses make great equine companions once retired from their racing careers.

"Thoroughbreds are remarkable animals -- they're beautiful, athletic, and really friendly," says Nicola Birch, director of Wood End Farms, a Barrington, Illinois based registered 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting Off-Track Thoroughbreds ("OTTBs"). "Knowing what to expect when you bring home your new ex-racehorse can ensure that your ownership experience is rewarding, enabling you to get the most out of your new horse -- whether your plans include trail riding, dressage or jumping."

To help people considering a OTTB as their next horse, Wood End Farms (http://www.woodendfarms.org/), working in conjunction with CANTER (the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses, http://www.canterusa.org/illinois) is holding a free workshop titled "OTTB Ownership 101" on June 2 in Barrington. Scheduled sessions include:

-- From the racetrack to your barn -- finding the OTTB for you.

-- Do you have the right barn environment for an OTTB?

-- Considering an ex-racehorse's nutritional needs

-- Veterinary care of your OTTB

-- Thoroughbred hoof care

-- Keys to successfully retraining your ex-racehorse

Attendees will also enjoy lunch, a full farm tour and will meet the many OTTBs in residence.

Where: Wood End Farms, 28044 Roberts Road, Barrington, Illinois

When: Saturday, June 2, 2007

10:00 -- 3:00

To attend: RSVP by May 31 to 847 691 2243 or on the Wood End web site at:



The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) is an all-volunteer, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit providing retiring racehorses with opportunities for new careers after the finish line.

About Wood End Farms:

Wood End Farms, founded in 2004, is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to the promotion, care and training of Off-Track Thoroughbred ex-racehorses ("OTTBs"). Wood End Farms seeks to become a national advocate for the Off-Track Thoroughbred, raising awareness of the breed and appreciation for its unique characteristics through first-hand experience. Wood End Farms is supported by Ariat (http://www.ariat.com/) and Purina (http://horse.purinamills.com/); private donations and income from riding lessons, OTTB sponsorship, horse leasing and educational programs.


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