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Category: Horses for Adoption

Catalissa’s Fans

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Catalissa is our most serious rehab case here at LOPE. Read more about his history and injuries. Recently, I received a call from Laura, a local exercise rider at Texas tracks. She had heard about Catalissa’s injuries and wanted to see how he was doing. Her voice was emotional as she described working with him […]

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Update on Catalissa

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Catalissa has been one of the most serious rehab cases we’ve had at LOPE. In his last race, he fractured his sesamoid on his right front. Catalissa didn’t like to put pressure on the injured leg — instead, he kept shifting his weight to his other legs. He then developed laminitis in his left front. […]

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First Rides at LOPE

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I don’t always have the opportunity to ride the horses at the LOPE Ranch — sometimes they get adopted too fast. But usually I’m the one in the saddle during their first post-racetrack ride. Many people assume that these rides must be pretty wild and crazy, with lots of excitement for everyone (me, the horse, […]

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AP Dashin On My Mind

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AP was donated to us in January. Sure, he has a few minor challenges, like an arthritic knee and turned-out front toes. But AP has another problem – a condition so disturbing that it may scare away all but the most committed adopters. He has a mullet. That’s right, an equine mullet. And what’s worse, […]

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Pogo’s Successful Knee-Chip Surgery

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Pogomeister, an adorable three-year-old gelding, had blazing speed in his workouts at the track. But in his very first race, he chipped his knee, ending his racing career. His breeder donated him to LOPE soon after, hoping we could find him a new, less strenuous job. Pogo was the perfect candidate for our Homestretch Heroes […]

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Pogomeister and His Knee Chips

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Pogomeister (aka "Pogo") was all set to win his first race. Even though he was only 2 years old, he'd shown great speed in his workouts. His sire was the champion Texas stallion Holzmeister, and his dam, Princess Pogo, had produced many promising racehorses too. Pogo was a confident youngster, full of fire and ready […]

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Burnt Mill Road

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Burnt Mill Road had an incredible racing career. He ran for 12 years, retiring just a couple months ago as a 14-year-old. He even won his last race this year too! Burnt Mill ran 158 times in his career and earned almost $347,000. His last race win in 2008 was for the same purse money […]

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Catalissa

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Catalissa was our first stall rest rehab horse for the LOPE barn! A handsome Texas bred, Catalissa was an exciting horse to watch –- he loved to win and had a big following here, especially at Sam Houston racetrack. He was bred by Stonerside Stable and has the elegant movement and kind temperament we’ve come […]

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New Arrival at the Ranch: Beau’s Town

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We recently had a special horse come to the LOPE Ranch. His name is Beau’s Town and he won over $700,000. Beau was a terrific racehorse, and still holds a course record at Santa Anita. He has been retired for over a year – but is getting a little bored with pasture life. So we […]

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New Arrival at the Ranch: Trick Bag

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Trick Bag, one of most enduring racehorses in Texas, was recently donated to LOPE. The 10-year-old gelding made his final start at Retama Park on September 28, 2007, finishing fourth. After he came out of that last race with swollen ankles, his owner and trainer both decided it was time to retire him. Trick Bag […]

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