THOROUGHBRED 'BEFORE CARE'
"Building A Better
Foundation For Our Breed
Before, During, and After Racing"
This initiative provides a starting point for a discussion about the importance of 'Before Care' for our thoroughbreds and our sport. Better 'Before Care' will help to reduce the 'Aftercare' needs of our horses. To accomplish this goal, we must provide greater educational opportunities for owners, enthusiasts, and the general public, which will lay the foundation for better training and more responsible breeding.
"Better Before Care
greatly reduces the
need for Aftercare."
Our History: "Preventing Sad Eyes"
The eyes of a rescue tell us all about their journey. On the left, the tired and spiritless eyes of Highgunner just after being rescued. On the right, Highgunner as he is today – the Thoroughbred spirit has returned. Help us prevent the journey a rescue must endure.
Over thirty years ago, the co-founders of ThoroughbredEd recognized the need to reinstate "Old School" foundation training methods in order to reduce the number of "Unwanted Thoroughbreds". Over the decades, they developed an educational library of over 100,000 pictures/videos and have now assembled a team of experts for this purpose. In order effectively disseminate this knowledge, the organization recognized it must 1) provide venues for hands-on experiences with the horses and 2) create content that makes the breed more relatable to and relevant in society. The organizations first book, Empowerment Through Thoroughbreds, shows how teaching foundation skills to horses also teaches people about themselves. To the right is an article written by one of our Board Members, Theresa Black that draws the parallel on how we influence our children and horses by teaching life skills. These skills are key to "Prevent Sad Eyes."
The original contributors to this “Old School Horsemanship” initiative include:
Kenny Black - Kenny is a third generation horseman. He started in quarter horse match racing at age nine and continued his career as a jockey for 20+ years throughout the U.S. He rode at multiple tracks that included Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar, and won titles as a leading rider at meets such as Los Alamitos, Wyoming Downs, Bowie MD, and Delaware Park winning an estimated 2500 races. He retired in 2002 and has worked as an exercise rider, stunt double in the movie Sea Biscuit, assistant trainer and trainer.
Larry Damore - Larry has been galloping horses 35+ years, jockey for 5 years, exercise rider for Kentucky Derby and Eclipse Award winners including Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Silver Bullet Day, Point Given, War Emblem, and many other stakes horses mostly for the Baffert barn. Larry has started over a thousand young horses for the track and has been involved with thoroughbreds off the track. He is the Horse Shoe Inspector for Hollywood Park and standby for Santa Anita.
Jerry Lambert - Jerry is a former jockey who won the Hollywood Gold Cup three years in a row on Native Diver (1965-1967). Jerry also beat Hall of Fame Jockey Bill Shoemaker in the richest match race at that point in American history with 53,575 fans in attendance. He won riding titles at Del Mar Racetrack, Santa Anita Park, Oak Tree Racing Association meet and other race tracks. Jerry is an old school horseman whose knowledge ThoroughbredEd is preserving to educate the younger generations.
Walt Hagman - Walt's roots on the South Dakota plains riding and gathering range thoroughbreds are part of the folklore of our nation. Walt understood that it was the athleticism and endurance of the working Thoroughbred that settled the west.
The Secrets Of The Past: A Journey To Understanding "Old School Horsemanship".
The project manager is Theresa Black. Her article relating to how 'Before Care' is important not only for our horses, but for our children, is posted below. Foundation/Life skills are the key to reducing our 'at-risk' (of needing to be rescued) populations. See our Featured Content section for Theresa's bio.
- Documentary 1: Finding Charlie Whittingham - Stories about the trainer and his "Old School Horsemanship" skills.
ThoroughbredBeforeCare.org is a collaborative Humane Education Knowledge Base that focuses on building foundation/life skills in young Thoroughbreds. These skills will help to:
- Increase the chances for success in any career
- Reduce the need for Aftercare Care by making the transition into a second career quicker and easier.
"The bridge separating rescuing
from prevention is life skills."
-Theresa Black, Project Manager
We Are The Caretakers of "Their Dreams."
"We all know the first few years of life have the most impact on our future. It is this start that defines and molds us. We are leading by example as we make contact with our newborn. We are teaching the power of touch, how to feel, and understand. With just one hand, we have an ability to share a connection, give reassurance, and show compassion. This is the essence of bonding."
"It is in these moments that we allow confidence to be gained, invite doors to be opened, and begin the learning process. Through communication, we develop skills, enable the mind to expand, establish leadership, create strength in character, and offer the chance to be a positive, relevant member of society pursuing our dreams. These are the rewards of bonding."
"Of course, we are talking about the thoroughbred racehorse..... But who doesn't want this for every child? Children and Horses are one and the same! And one must always remember, that as we teach our children, we teach ourselves. Let's give our next generation the right introduction to enjoy good work ethics and encourage their individual best. Perhaps with this in mind, the less successful racehorse will avoid being disposed of, forgotten, or euthanized. Likewise, the less fortunate child will not be destined to an existence on skid row, imprisoned, or dead."
- Theresa Black: Theresa performed in the national show jumping circuit in England. She has a BHSAI status as certified riding instructor by the British Horse Society. Theresa has served as exercise rider, groom and assistant for steeplechase and flat racing in England and US for many well known trainers including Bill Shoemaker, Paddy Gallagher as well as her husband Kenny Black.