Mari Hulman George Thoroughbred Adoption Highlights
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) presented an opportunity to adopt a horse waiting for a second career. These magnificent animals had careers as competitive racehorses. The Mari Hulman George Thoroughbred Adoption was hosted at SMWC on Oct. 12, 2013.
Nearly 50 attendees from various surrounding states were on hand to observe and interact with the horses who have the potential to be successful in a variety of off the track events. Of the 11 horses up for adoption, eight will get a new start on life in a caring home. Available for adoption were 10 thoroughbreds and one-quarter horse with ages ranging from two to 12.
The adoption provided a new opportunity for the horses as well as the nine SMWC students who cared for the horses on campus until the adoption.
“Adding this real world experience into the curriculum was great for our students,” said Krista Stienmetz, instructor of equine studies. “They took the classroom knowledge and immediately applying it to these horses.”
She adds, “Working with different types of horses, especially those that just came off the track, gave students the same experience they will face in the equine industry.”