Trampled on meat truck, mare now helps others

Source:  Off Track Thoroughbreds


Press Exclusive, left, now spends her days with Tina, a filly orphaned at birth. All photos by Jim Craner, Pan-American Wildlife and Scenic Photography


An older broodmare, who years ago was trampled inside a crowded truck headed for the slaughterhouse, nearly losing her life, now spends her days offering solace to an orphaned filly.

Press Exclusive, 20, a racemare and mother of nine consecutive foals, would have died in December 2012 were it not for the intervention of Thoroughbred rescue volunteer Mindy Lovell. The Ontario woman was able to convince a veterinarian to turn the battered mare over to her care, and nursed the animal back to health. A year later, the ex-racehorse was transported to a lifetime sanctuary at Equine Advocates in New York, and to a paddock she has recently began sharing with a filly in need.


Press and arthritic mare Femka enjoy their field over the weekend.

The backyard-bred young horse named Tina was orphaned at birth when her mother died in the foaling process. Deprived of the nutrition of her mother’s colostrum, a milk product produced in mammals in late pregnancy, the filly’s growth was stunted. And while she was still a baby, another horse kicked her hard in the head, causing wounds and leaving her permanently but slightly disfigured.

“If you look close you can see that the left eye is different,” says Susan Wagner of Equine Advocates. The same is true for Press Exclusive, whose beautiful face was once horribly disfigured.

But now, Press, who was long ago separated from her babies, and the filly, who never knew what it was like to be with her mother, spend their days running the field they share with a Friesian mare named Femke and a donkey named Pensacola Pete.


Susan Wagner and Press share a moment with Pensacola Pete.

“When we took Tina, she was very playful, but had no idea what it was like to have a mother. So we put her with Press, who had nine foals,” Wagner says. “They really got along, and even though Press is older, she will run with her.”

As the Alpha mare in the herd of four equines, Press is also very protective of the arthritic Friesian, so much so that once made it clear to her caretaker that separation of the pair was out of the question. “They’re inseparable,” Wagner says. “We tried to separate them earlier this year” so the Friesian could live in another field with a mare Press did not like. “Press stopped eating, so we immediately put Femke back in her field.”

Wagner adds, “We call the herd the Press Corps.”

To casual onlookers the four equines may look like any other herd. But to those who know the story of Press, (Please see original article here:, the fact that Press is standing in her green, New York pasture is amazing, Wagner says.


Press, Femka and Tina graze without a worry in the world now.

“Anyone who has followed the amazing rescue story of Press Exclusive in Canada and her miraculous recovery through the dedication of Mindy Lovell and Transitions Thoroughbreds, knows that except for all the money Press earned as a race horse, she also gave birth to nine foals, some of whom are still racing today,” Wagner says. “Press never lost her maternal instincts and neither has her best friend Femke, who gave birth to three foals in her lifetime as well.

“Together they have taken Tina under their respective wings as Tina’s dam died while giving birth to her while under the ‘care’ of a backyard breeder who did not bother to acquire any colostrum for the newborn foal. He then put Tina in a field with older horses where she was kicked in the head and lost the sight in her left eye….So these two big mamas took over some of the oversight for Tina, but then there was another issue. Tina is young and needed someone her age to play and run with. Enter Pensacola Pete! He is around Tina’s age and gets along well with her. The question was whether Press and Femke would accept him and they have. As they say, ‘It takes a village.’ In this case we say, ‘It takes a herd!’ ”

Anyone wishing to meet the Press Corps, and all 81 residents of the Equine Advocates sanctuary in Chatham, N.Y. may do so on April 17. During the first Open Day of the season, the public is welcome from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free. Please visit this link for more details:


Pensacola Pete, the donkey, was abandoned before he found sanctuary at Equine Advocates.

Shaving Livestock Grazing’s Carbon Hoofprint

Giant BLM Bovine Mowing Machine ~ photo by Terry Fitch

Giant BLM Bovine Mowing Machine ~ photo by Terry Fitch


Complaints Target BLM Neutral Stance on Livestock Grazing Climate Impacts

By: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

Washington, DC April 11, 2016 – Even as President Obama touts steps to address climate change, his U.S. Bureau of Land Management appears not to have gotten the message, according to a pair of complaints filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Despite ample evidence to the contrary, BLM continues to insist that commercial livestock grazing has no impact on climate change or its effects.

This climate change blind spot is no small matter as BLM oversees 21,000 grazing allotments covering 155 million acres of federal rangelands spread across 11 Western states. In complaints filed today with both the White House and Interior Department, PEER documents how BLM steadfastly refuses to even consider, let alone mitigate, climate impacts from its vast grazing program.

“Improbably, Obama’s BLM is a climate denier when it comes to cattle,” remarked PEER Advocacy Director Kirsten Stade who filed today’s complaints. “Most BLM grazing environmental assessments make no mention of climate change whatsoever, while the remainder say that impacts are unknowable and therefore will not be analyzed.”

The PEER complaints cite recent federal orders and policies directing agencies to respond to climate change in their official planning. Yet BLM never even acknowledges grazing’s climate impacts, such as –

– Grazing dramatically reduces soil sequestration of carbon, releasing an estimated 11 million additional tons of carbon annually;
– The livestock sector generates more than one third of all human-induced methane – a gas with global warming potential 25 times that of carbon dioxide; and
– Public lands grazing is the most significant contributor to change in landscape conditions across a vast area of the American West, worsening adverse climate impacts of spreading desertification, degrading vital riparian areas and facilitating introduction of invasive species.

These adverse effects are magnified if grazing is not well managed, and a large portion of allotments fails to meet BLM’s own range health standards. In the last decade as more land has been assessed, estimates of damaged lands have doubled where BLM conducts major livestock grazing.

“For an agency with the words ‘land management’ in its title, the BLM does little to effectively manage this program or prevent overgrazing,” added Stade. “These damaged landscapes create a feedback loop that further aggravates other negative impacts of climate change.”

In its filings, PEER asks the White House Council on Environmental Quality to ensure that all BLM eco-planning include assessments of grazing climate impacts, as required under the National Environmental Policy Act. The group also urges Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to make BLM begin complying with directives that it mitigate climate effects and adopt policies to promote climate-resilient lands in its grazing program.