Beyond the Homestretch: What I've Learned from Saving Racehorses

Beyond the Homestretch: What I've Learned from Saving Racehorses

by Lynn Reardon

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Beyond the Homestretch: What I've Learned from Saving Racehorses by Lynn Reardon

In Beyond the Homestretch, Lynn Reardon shares an unlikely story. In 2002, she quit her Washington DC-area office job and moved to rural Texas to open the racehorse adoption ranch LOPE (LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers). Since then, LOPE has helped transition more than 725 thoroughbreds into new homes. Though now the director of this high-profile organization, Reardon didn't learn to ride until she was an adult. Here she presents a vivid inside look into the world of horse racing, complete with colorful horses, jockeys, trainers, and gallop girls, depicting the insights horses can offer when we reevaluate our relationship with them.

In this riveting account, Reardon encounters dozens of unruly racehorses, all with special needs, unusual histories, and distinct personalities. As she fumbles to help them find new careers, they return the favor by becoming her most memorable mentors in horsemanship and life philosophy.

Horses such as Tawakoni, the son of a Kentucky Derby winner, and Endofthestorm, the speedy bay who required an emergency tracheotomy, give Reardon an apprenticeship in facing fear and finding a new life. Reardon may have saved these horses' lives, but she points out that they saved hers as well. She takes readers for a thrilling ride filled with fiery racehorses, offbeat horse people, colorful Texas culture clashes, veterinary melodramas, and surprising lessons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781577319184
Publisher: New World Library
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 432 KB

About the Author

Lynn Reardon is the founder and executive director of LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers (LOPE Texas), a nonprofit racehorse placement agency near Austin, Texas. Prior to founding LOPE, Lynn worked in nonprofit finance and administrative management in the Washington DC–area for too many years. Lynn lives on the LOPE ranch with her husband, Sophie the dog, multiple cats, and a herd of ex-racehorses up for adoption. Lynn has adopted three LOPE horses of her own: Tulsa Mambo, Sally, and Lightening Ball.

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Beyond the Homestretch: What I've Learned from Saving Racehorses 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Mundi McCarty More than 1 year ago
This is probably my all time fvorite book. I read this when I was 9 yers old too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a horse lover through and through, and I loved every page of this book! I became engulfed in Lynn's story, or stories, as each chapter is a story in itself. It was a refreshing read (especially for a horse person), but I would recommend it to any animal lover. It's one of those books that gives you a warm feeling inside, and everyone loves that. It's well-written, entertaining, moving - an all around good book.
horsegirl727 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book! I recently became aware of a local program like LOPE that retrains and adopts ex-racehorses and became interested in adopting one of my own. I was very excited to come across this book as it allows a potential adopter valuable insight into this world. I loved meeting the horses and learning about each one's special personality. I have ridden horse all my life, and like Lynn, I would probably never consider myself an expert, no matter how much experience I have with them. With these wonderful animals, there is always something new to learn. I thought her stories were told well and were relatable. Some of her stories left me wanting more details. I wanted an update on the horses or further details on their outcomes. Occasionally I got tired of her flashbacks because I just wanted to read about the current ex-racehorse but I understand her goal in them I would definitely recommend this book. It reads easy and these horses will find a special place in your heart. After finishing this book, I immediately went to the LOPE website! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed Lynn's journey. She tells her story and those of the horses with much humor,honesty and humility. Lynn is good people!
Darcyroo More than 1 year ago
Follow Lynn on her journey of finding where she fits in the horse world and the horses that helped her get there. The writing is funny and heart lifting. She takes in ex-race horses that most people write off as too high strung to place in adoptive homes and usually end up at auctions, are bought for meat, and shipped to Mexico for slaughter. One of my favorite stories is Sugarfoot's who didn't have the speed or heart of a racer and ended up being the perfect companion for a special needs girl. Lynn's devotion to finding the RIGHT home for these horses is a true inspiration. This book is for anyone that ever thought it was too late or they were too old to follow their dreams.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only read a couple of pages of this book and it has amazed me and my heart just filled with warmth :)..... This book is absoulutly amazing! :-))
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