Greetings all! My name is Amy Latka and this blog will be dedicated to the Second Chances horses that I will be working with. Second Chances is a retraining program created by the Thoroughbred rescue organization, Friends of Ferdinand. www.FriendsofFerdinand.org
I’ll be posting pictures and training updates on any of the horses that are sent to me for training. My hope is that through this blog, the horses on these pages will be able to find good, permanent homes where both horse and owner will thrive.
Friends of Ferdinand, Inc. is an Indianapolis-based 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 2005 to provide options and alternatives to Indiana’s horses that are no longer able to fulfill their intended purpose. FFI took its name from a championed racehorse named Ferdinand, who won both the Kentucky Derby and the Breeder’s Cup and was named Horse of the Year in 1987. During his career, Ferdinand earned four million dollars and was retired to stud in 1989. In 1995, he was exported to Japan where he was led to slaughter.
“Second Chances” is a self-sustaining retraining program for retired racehorses that is truly unique to the state of Indiana. It promotes a practical concept for organizations and advocates involved in the welfare of retiring racehorses. Instead of merely rescuing these horses from their current situation, FFI plans to provide them with a new skill set that will allow them to transition more easily and permanently into new lives as riding horses.
I invite you to read through this blog and learn about the horses that are available. For more information on any of the horses available through Friends of Ferdinand, Inc., please visit their website at Friends of Ferdinand, Inc.