Summer 2020 Update:
As the warmer weather has finally arrived in Massachusetts the Mass Pro Makeover Team has been working with Francis regularly. His 13th ride happened on May 16th, and here’s a summary of that flat lesson from the team “Ride #13! Tonight Francis was back in the ring with Liz. We were joined by our good friend and local trainer, June Gillis-Ahern of Victory Stables for a flat lesson. This was Francis’s first ride back after his massage and he certainly felt like he was loosening up a little bit more to the right…yay 🎉🎊. We worked a lot on our w/t, bending, circles and figure 8’s. Then we worked on our canter to trot transitions. Francis was very eager to please as always. We ended the night neck reining around at the walk…maybe he wants to be a western pleasure pony?”
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May 2020: The Team needs some help
As eager and willing as Francis has been through these first few months of his retraining, the Team is concerned that there may be some underlying issues that are limiting his progress. The decision has been made to engage the terrific folks at Myhre Equine Clinic to do a full body work up on him, to be sure that we’re doing all we can to support him through the Makeover process. The exam will include X-rays of his neck/ back, knees, feet and hocks. With gratitude to Dr. Myhre for offering this evaluation at a great discount to Francis as a TRF Ambassador, we are now asking our “Friends of Francis” to help us raise the money to pay for the evaluation on June 9th.
Gifts of $10, $25 or $50 add up quickly – and every gift is a donation to the TRF (tax deductible!)
March 2020: Meet Francis Freud – as he begins his journey to a new career!
The most anticipated moment has arrived…everyone meet Francis Freud 🎊🎉💖🐎. Francis is a 2012 model bay gelding who last raced in June of 2019. He finished his career on the track sound after 55 starts. Francis will be with us as a foster from The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the aftercare of retired racehorses. It is our pleasure to take on this sweet guy, and help with his retraining for a 2nd career (whatever that may be…we’ll see what he fancies). For now we’ll get him settled in, adjusted to the new routine and once the ring thaws out we’ll get to work! ~Christina & Liz
March 2020: Francis arrives in MA
Care to join Francis and his team in supporting the TRF?
As Francis begins his journey and plans to raise awareness of the versatility of Thoroughbreds like him, he’d also like to raise the money to support another horse in the TRF herd. He is aiming to raise $2500 to care for one of the retired racehorses of the TRF, and he’d love to have you help him do this. Our goal will be to cover the costs of one horse in our herd before Francis makes his debut at RRP in October.
About the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP)
RRP exists to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in equestrian sports and serving the farms, trainers, and organizations that transition them.
Since it’s 2010 founding RRP has inspired thousands to choose an OTTB. Thanks to 160,000+ Facebook followers, 1,000,000+ website hits annually, constant press coverage, and sell out crowds at horse expos, the popularity and value of OTTBs are on the rise.
Learn more at Retired Racehorse Project