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Viewer submission: "It's a special way to learn together..."

Your Stories
January 16th, 2022

We received this lovely artwork and note from a grandmother and her granchildren in Tennessee. We are happy to know you are learning together and pleased to have you back!

"I watch Foal Patrol with my grandchildren, and we are so grateful it’s back this year. There are so many things to learn about on your website already, and this season has just started. My grandchildren love the activities and videos you have on there for kids, and I love what you are sharing about horse health and care. It is a special way to learn together, so please keep up all the new information I’m seeing so far. It’s out of the park this year. Thank you for a great job and for doing this!"

-Stella in Sparta, Tennessee

#SecondCareerSaturday

Horse Careers
January 15th, 2022

As part of our partnership with the Retired Racehorse Project to celebrate the Thoroughbred this season, enjoy this week's installment of #SecondCareerSaturday:

Did you watch Foal Patrol mare Traveling Tiger deliver her filly Thursday night? She’s not the only horse by Candy Ride who grabbed our attention — 17 offspring of Candy Ride have gone through the Thoroughbred Makeover since 2015! Horses by Candy Ride have found second-career success in just about every discipline out there — they’re just as athletic as sport horses as they were as racehorses and are known for their good natures and trainability. 

Pictured are two #TBMakeoverGrads by Candy Ride: Great Reward, who won the 2019 Polo discipline with Buck Schott; and Candy Ruby, who competed in the 2019 Show Hunter with Alexandra Beckstett. 

Check out the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram every Saturday during the season for more #SecondCareerSaturday. 

Therapy horse - Kid Blast

Horse Careers
January 14th, 2022

Foal Patrol Season 5 is celebrating the breadth and depth of the Thoroughbred. Throughout the season, we will have a chance to learn more about racehorses in their second or third careers. We have partnered with Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga, a nonprofit organization with the mission to rescue and retrain retired racehorses, to showcase some of their equine therapy horses. Meet Kid Blast (NY) in this first installment.

TAA Success Story: IDE BE A CLASSIC

Aftercare
January 13th, 2022

Foal Patrol Season 5 will highlight many facets of the Thoroughbred's life, from foaling through retirement. In partnership with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), we will post information about aftercare efforts throughout the season, so check in often for TAA success stories, aftercare features, and TAA-accredited organization spotlights.

Click below to enjoy the first TAA installment:

Commonly observed signs of foaling

Breeding/Reproduction
January 13th, 2022

Gestation length varies widely in mares. Although there is no foolproof method for predicting foaling, there are some commonly observed signs. In this article available on The Horse, Heather Smith Thomas provides a solid overview of some signs of foaling, including increased udder size, waxing (dried secretions on the tips of the teats), and the softening of pelvic ligaments around the tailhead. Thomas also details possible behavioral changes, including increased restlessness, pacing, and tail swishing and lifting.