The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is encouraging their supporters to join them online on Dec. 1, for #GivingTuesday. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely-recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
“The Hoof makes the Horse” focuses on the important TRF Farrier Fund. The TRF is asking their supporters to help them reach their #Hoofgoals of $15,000 to help offset the costs of approximately 3 months of hoof care for the 500 rescued and retired Thoroughbred racehorses in the TRF herd.
TRF invites the “friends of the herd” to join them on social media, sharing thanks, photos and appreciation for farriers around the world with hashtags #hoofgoals, #honkifyouloveyourfarrier, #drop_your_beautiful_farrier, #farriersrock and #trffarrierfund.
“The permanent retirees at our Kentucky sanctuary farm need their feet trimmed regularly, just like most horses, but sometimes we have to make accommodations for the older ones,” said Sara Davenport, TRF Herd Manager. “Their knees or ankles may not be as flexible as they once were, so my farrier makes sure they are as comfortable as possible, even if that puts him in an uncomfortable position. The horses appreciate the extra time and patience he takes when working with on them. A gentle touch goes a long way. I am thankful to James Pendergast for his care for our horses.”
Details on TRF's Giving Tuesday fundraiser and activities can be found here.