This year Young Rider is going to spotlight some horses that are up for adoption at various equine charities and rescues. We know that young rider readers are a generous bunch, and we feel sure that some of you will be inspired to adopt a horse and give it a good home or raise some money for these worthwhile charities.
This issue we take a look at the Exceller Fund and Love Me R Leave Me, a friendly ex-racehorse that needs a new home.
Exceller was a champion racehorse that met his death in the slaughterhouse because his owner decided he had no value. Exceller was 23. Ironically, Exceller’s name was put forward on the ballet for election into Thoroughbred racings Hall of Fame the same month he was killed.
When a group of horse lovers who met on a racing magazine forum found out about Exceller’s fate, they decided that they would try to raise money to save other racehorses from the slaughterhouse. They decided to call itself the Exceller Fund, in honor of Exceller.
The Exceller Fund has helped more than 250 horses find new homes. The group places these horses in foster care or with another equine charity until the horses can be adopted. Occasionally the Exceller Fund will pay for a horse’s keep for the rest of its life.
This issue’s horse is Love Me R Leave Me, an eight-year-old bay gelding. He was donated to the Exceller Fund by the Fingerlakes Tracks Adoption program in New York.
“Lovey” was adopted, but was returned to the Exceller Fund because his adopter got divorced and couldn’t afford to keep him anymore.
He’s being fostered at a farm near Lexington, KY. His foster mom says he has a very sweet personality, and she feels that with his smaller size and personality, he would make a nice kid’s horse.
Nicole Smith, the Executive Director of the Exceller Fund, says, “From what I’ve seen about “Lovey” and heard about him under saddle, he’s just phenomenal and just about anyone can ride him. He seems very willing to do anything, so I can’t imagine retraining would be an issue for him. His name fits him to a T. He’s very affectionate and loves to be loved—and fed treats, of course!”
If you are interested in adopting “Lovey,” or learning about the other horses available from the Exceller Fund, visit www.excellerfund.org.
Please note: Young Rider goes to press several months in advance of this issue, so “Lovey” may not be available when you look at the site. But, the Exceller Fund has lots of other horses for you to check out, so don’t be sad if he’s been adopted.