Sequana Is Free, But Needs Help

Earlier this month, I highlighted the plight of Sequana at the Camarero Race Track in Puerto Rico. I called it then, and stand by it now, perhaps the worst case of abuse I’ve seen. One day after I sent an email to the relevant authorities, Sequana was released from his servitude – landing at an island-based rescue. My contact in Puerto Rico has created a dedicated page for Sequana for anyone interested in helping. Thank you.


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    • TY, Karen. There have been many who’ve asked about how they could help Sequana after reading his story on Horseracing Wrongs. Your kind donation is greatly appreciated by CTA, I’m sure!

  1. No animal deserves any kind of abuse, God told us to care for his creation, to respect and love them!

  2. Anonymous, on 7 march you said you would have purchased Sequana for the asking price of $1,500 had you known about him. Now that he has been rescued you can donate to help with his medical bills and rehab.
    I sure hope you will consider helping.
    Every donation counts, big or small.
    I appeal to everyone who comes on this site to send a donation. Most of us can afford at least the price of a Starbucks ($5.00)
    Thank you in advance!

  3. Donation made.
    Keeneland sales profits just over 5 years, according to my rough calculations, 500 million.
    Fasig-Tipton sales profits just over 5 years, according to my rough calculations, 300 million.
    OBS same as above – 100 million.
    Santa Anita Racetrack profits over the past 5 years – 600 million not including on-site concession sales.
    TVG, Xpress Bet, Bet America wagering profits on racehorses in the USA only for past 5 years – 10 billion.
    Contributions to aftercare from the above about $100,000 in 5 years with many listed NONE at all.
    I know that the majority of donations will come from non-exploiters, working class folk like you and me.
    Horse racing is one big parasitic slim ball that one day will slide into an abyss never to be seen again.
    That’s exactly where it belongs and although I hate to enable their horror show it’s not SEQUANA’s fault.
    Get better big boy and I promise to be a voice for all the victims like you.

    • Gina…THIS. CTA (the ONLY horse rescue in all the Caribbean (Tortola, St. Croix and St. Thomas and Puerto Rico) we receive about 0.0003% of the overall handle of betting per year. That covers the cost for us to save 6 horses. That’s it. 6. How can we really have ANY impact with no money? We literally have ONE way to get these horses off the island. There are days when I just sit in front of my computer with my head in my hands and just cry. It’s heartbreaking work. But it’s worth all the tears, these horses have no voice, so we can’t stop now!
      Thank you for your support.

      • Chrissy, thanks for all you do for the racehorses.
        I think it’s so important for you to provide these important facts: only 0.0003% of handle which can only save 6 racehorses.
        A stunning indictment of this multibillion dollar killing business.
        It’s the same all over.
        These people are parasites.
        All they know is how to take, take, take and give little to nothing in return.
        Here in America, and especially Canada, they get billions in handouts whether in the form of taxpayers money, corporate welfare and/or casino profits.
        At the bargaining table with our politicians are the “horsemen groups” who only care about getting their money and they do it at the expense of thousands of racehorses and our communities.
        Nowhere in these sweet deals for horsemen are mandatory financial percentages for aftercare and anytime there is they are so miniscule that they are ineffective.
        As a result, so many racehorses can’t be saved and they know it and they don’t care.
        Nevertheless, like you, I sometimes cry wishing that I had more money to give.
        I will try to give more as I can because I think that even something, anything will help.
        I would like to take a trip to Puerto Rico and cover the story there exposing these creeps for what they are.
        I will be in touch.

  4. Puerto Ricans seem to think animals exist merely to exploit, eat, neglect, poison or dump on the roadside. I say this as a Puerto Rican. Over population of the island seems to be their biggest goal.

    • There is certainly a population of people here exploiting animals, there is also populations of folks in wellington FL, and other places who have LOTS of money and exploit their horses. There are many people here who have huge hearts and are trying hard to change things.

      The sad truth is that horses are one of (if not THE) most exploited animals on the planet, across many disciplines. And horses have contributed so much to modern-day society. Humans do not deserve horses…

    • Denise when it comes to exploiting horses there are no geographic, gender, race, culture and/or country barriers.
      It’s members of the human species.
      As I age I’ve come to a simple conclusion:
      There are 2 types of people on this planet 1. those who create a mess 2. those who clean it up.
      Horse racing is in the first category obviously and I know that you are in the second.

  5. Hi Ray from Northamptonshire in England, part of Britain, the little island to the East of the US! I’m only a pensioner but would love to donate a bit.
    Quite how the so called men who sit on the back of these beautiful horses can justify THEIR own existence is beyond me. Sorry but I really feel that the only way to stop these abuses, is to abuse the abusers, preferably with an iron bar or whip or whatever they use on these stunning animals.
    A small donation on its way. Well done in saving Sequana. I still donate each year to a British rescue centre for a gorgeous ex race horse called La Vizelle.

  6. Donation and all my love sent to this beautiful, sweet boy! I am hoping and praying he will land in a loving home very soon. He deserves it. They all do…

    • Thank you! We will make sure he ends up in the best home (please do not tell my husband, he may end up in my backyard, I’ll try to camouflage him with my other OTTB 🤣 🤣 🤣) He is such a sweetie!

      • Mum’s the word, Chrissy!! Thank you SO much for everything you do for these incredible, majestic beings!

  7. I wanted to drop a quick note thanking you all! We have raised over $1800 so far.
    He is currently receiving rehab and ESWT therapy (donated) to help him heal faster and be pain free. He spends lots of time outside enjoying the Caribbean sunshine, blue skies and lots of buddies. He is a VERY sweet horse and deserves the best forever home. The funds collected will be used to pay for travel and costs to get him to a loving home, where he can be a horse.

    These generous hearts have all contributed so far to the campaign:
    Lisa Beattie
    Margaret Halley
    Elaine Irwin
    Karen Drennen
    Meredith Trunk
    Lynn VanderVeer
    Gina Powell
    Rachel Loui
    Katherine Davis
    Deirdre Dewdhory
    Linda Rydant
    John Muhly
    Karen Berger
    Chrissy Laughlin (me <3 he is such a sweet boy)

    Thank you all so much.

    • You know what’s sad, despicable and totally unacceptable Kirsty?
      A multibillion dollar industry called horse racing who gets billions in taxpayers and casino handouts, but gives little to nothing to the racehorses who generates those profits.
      That is the crux of the issue and that’s why this utterly disgusting, immoral and vile killing business needs to be shut-off from all funding so they can die in the dirt like all the racehorses that die on their tracks.

      • A-freaking-men, Gina. And it’s not just Sequana who needs help – there are literally thousands more. And that’s just the horses the racing industry has dumped!

  8. When will this vile industry SHUT DOWN — heartbreaking for Sequana and all the Racehorses — will SHARE and SHARE.

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