From the racetrack to the buggy

From Modern Farmer, June 21, 2013

Brenneman leads Nuclear Autumn from the track for the last time - photo Modern Farmer

Brenneman leads Nuclear Autumn from the track for the last time – photo Modern Farmer

The Amish don’t gamble — but they buy their buggy horses from people who do. For horses who don’t make it at the races, a second chance arrives in the form of Joel Brenneman.

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  1. Heather · ·

    I don’t know which is worse…being sent to slaughter at a young age or living a very hard, uncared for life with the Amish and then being sent to slaughter….no matter how you look at it the poor horses end up at slaughter!!!

  2. Lorrie Roehm · ·

    Sorry I forgot to add Standardbred rescue/race groups/people too with my comments along with the TB rescue/race groups/people.

  3. Lorrie Roehm · ·

    I have two former Amish buggy horses that were rescued from the New Holland auction in PA, the largest kill buyer auction in the United States. The could not do the 20 miles a day so were sent to auction = slaughter. The Amish are not known and my horses are the stark reality of the horrible treatment the Amish horses suffer on the road. They pound the asphalt roads 20 miles a day at a fast pace; when they cannot do the 20 miles they are sent to auction = slaughter. My horses were very thin, their hooves were in horrible condition, my gelding had a neck injury from being neck tied (common practice of the Amish) so the picture of this poor TB going from the track to the Amish is very misleading. I feel sorry for the poor horse but naturally the TB people do not call a TB rescue group because they wouldn’t get any money for the horse.

    1. Jo-Anne Ward · ·

      Yeah, I hate seeing Mennonite horses stopped at traffic lights on busy paved roads.

  4. Donikash · ·

    Yes, they might have homes pounding the pavement until they go so lame that they are dumped back at the auction for the kill buyers.

  5. Anne Streeter · ·

    Being a buggy horse is not necessarily a good life. I’ve read some pretty horrendous stories about their care and treatment.

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