Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation is home to several off-the-track retired racehorses. Gracie's Farm provides a forever home to horses whose racing career ended due to injury. Horses who might otherwise end up living in compromising situations will find sanctuary and peace at Gracie's Farm. Some may even move on to be a trail or English Riding horse after rehabilitation.
Arch Traveler, son of Sky Mesa, out of Mettle with bloodlines of Seattle Slew, Affirmed and Storm Cat, was born February 27, 2008 in Kentucky. At three years old, Arch Traveler, trained by Jimmy Jerkens, won a 1 1/8 race at Gulfstream Park and went on to race in the Florida Derby coming in 6th. He then picked up a minor stakes race win at Belmont Park and finished third in the Woody Stephens Stakes. After getting injured, Arch changed owners in a claims race and eventually ended up in Puerto Rico racing at Camarero Racetrack. Arch last raced on September 15th 2017, just days before Hurricane Maria made landing. The racetrack was hit hard. Horses couldn't leave their stalls and were standing in contaminated water with no drinking water or hay. Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare stepped in to help horses with medical issues and to get they back to the states. When we heard about Arch, we offered to fund his flight back to the states and give him a home at Gracie's Farm. After 72 career starts, several injuries, and enduring a hurricane, Arch started his journey to Utah in November of 2017.
Thanks to the help of Shelley Gagnon-Blodgett-CTA, Lorraine Horse Transport and Carrie Brogden of Machmer Hall and my husband Mike Phillips, Arch Traveler is now living a life of quiet retirement and green pastures, surrounded by plenty of friends and people that love him.
In mid 2013, Spartan lived on a privately-owned ranch with close to 140 other horses in deplorable circumstances - they were starving, had no clean water, a few were very seriously injured, and some foals had even died. The police and local government were involved and had taken the horse in the worst condition to an animal shelter where he could receive proper care; this horse was Spartan. Because of the law's involvement in this animal cruelty case, the owners of the ranch were taken to court and their horses were placed on an adoption freeze. For about 5 months, Saving Gracie donated hay, grain, and clean water to the animal shelter overseeing the treatment of the neglected horses to ensure that they would not die of starvation or dehydration. Saving Gracie, with the help of local law enforcement, also did in-pasture medical checks of the horses. Soon after, the horses on the ranch were put up for auction by the state and Saving Gracie successfully purchased Spartan along with 8 other horses.
Spartan has had a forever home at Gracie's Farm for the past 5 years. His rehabilitation has involved his gelding, showing him that he can trust us by providing him with fresh water and food every day, and slow gentling with the acknowledgement that there will be setbacks. In the 5 years that he has lived here, he has made incredible progress, but is still haunted by his past. Our goal for his rehabilitation is to give him a sense of peace and comfort for the rest of his life - one day, if he is ready, we hope to ride him again.