2001 Thoroughbred Mare
Suitability: Medical Hold
Color: dark bay
Adoption Fee: TBD
Dorothy came to SAFE after being seized several months earlier by Pierce County Animal Control. She was a body condition score of 2 upon seizure, and had a myriad of other health issues that were in need of attention. By the time she arrived at SAFE from where she had been under foster care, she was in much better shape, but still not completely there. We are continuing the great work that has already been done for sweet Dorothy in continuing to get her the calories and care that she was in desperate need of!
Dorothy is a sweet mare who greets her multiple daily mashes (and those who deliver them) with a nicker. She is currently being managed for some ongoing health issues.
All SAFE horses are adopted with a no-breeding clause, no exceptions.
Dorothy has no white markings. Her coat is comprised of a spectrum of browns, ones that Pantone labels as ‘shaved chocolate’ and ‘molé’ and ‘ganache’ — rich, chocolatey adjectives. However, if you were to curl up her top lip, you would find the mark that humans have left on Dorothy, a faded, blown-out tattoo that identifies her as a race horse.
The legibility of thoroughbred tattoos varies. In Dorothy’s case, we pored over the photo we were able to snap with the intensity of forensic scientists. Could that number be a 4, or was it a 9? Was the 6 a 5 or the 5 a 6? Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 789! But with the information we could glean, alongside some careful guesswork, we pieced together who Dorothy was before she was Dorothy.
Each horse has a history, but more often than not, their records lie in the memories of those humans they’ve come in contact with. For some, there exist photos, maybe videos. Show ribbons, a brass nameplate. A chewed-on fenceboard, a bent panel. It is no secret that more often than not, horses arrive to us from negligent or abusive situations, but they have left their mark in one way or another, just as they have had marks left on them. But while we can invent histories for hours upon end, glean information from how a horse behaves or from physical marks that may be present, there is often very little factual data about who they were before us.
Having a thoroughbred registry to pull from, in Dorothy’s case, changes that.
Plugging in her tattoo reveals her registered name — Jazz’n Off — and plugging in her name reveals her pedigree, a sprawling family tree neatly condensed into a single rectangle. On her dam’s side, she’s got big names like War Admiral and Northern Dancer (and surely more who are more easily identifiable to someone who knows more than just the AA-listers off the top of my head). Attached to each of these little sans-serif names is a history. Some hold entire Wikipedia pages, some direct you to a lovingly tended memorial site, others to a short-form biography, or a page listing stats: starts, wins, losses, earnings. The mark that thoroughbreds leave is often defined by numbers — most notably those beginning in a dollar sign — but each one of Dorothy’s relatives was once a living breathing creature, and just as they left their mark on the racing world (however large or small that might have been), they also left their mark on Dorothy. The color of her coat, her kind demeanor, and, yes, her poor feet, all a result of (or at least influenced by) those who came before her. Every horse has a family tree, but it is so fascinating and such a gift to be able to see exactly what that tree looks like.
Dorothy herself, as ‘Jazz’n Off’ was born in April of 2001. She ran in one race at Emerald Downs in the spring of 2004, but did not see the finish line, as she grew tired after a quick start and was subsequently distanced to the rail.
Dorothy has three full siblings: Jazz Heaven, Jazz Haven, and Jaded Jazz. Jazz Haven was the most successful of the bunch, having several wins and multiple other high placements, earning him nearly 61,000 over the course of his career. Jaded Jazz saw mild success with career earnings just shy of 18,500, with two wins, both in Canada. Jazz Heaven has an Australian name twin who makes it difficult to find much information on him.
Some other interesting individuals in Dorothy’s family are Princequillo and Sir Gallahad both of whom traveled overseas via ship (Princequillo from France to Ireland, and then to New Orleans, and Sir Gallahad from London to New York). Surely there are more seafaring members of her family, but these two went on to have more impressive histories than most.
Dorothy’s legacy may not be in the races she won or the distance she traveled, but rather in the lives she touched.
We welcomed Dorothy and Blanche (the Golden Girls, despite their dark coloration) into our herd last week, two ladies both seized by Pierce County Animal Control (they met for the first time on the trailer ride to SAFE, but were fast friends).
Dorothy is a 22 year old OTTB who, if we decoded her faded lip tattoo accurately, was born as ‘Jazz’n Off’ in 2001. She ran only once, at Portland Meadows, but decided that life as a race horse was not for her, as she stopped mid-way through the race. Her history becomes hazy after that, with no website keeping track of all that happened between the time she did not make it to the finish line to the time Pierce County Animal Control picked her up, nearly 20 years later, thin as a rail and in terrible shape. With a body condition score of 2, she would need to be put on a re-feeding program, something that is not only slightly nerve-wracking, but incredibly consuming as well, with small meals needing to be fed throughout the entire day (and sometimes through the night). Dorothy also had abscessing on all four feet, with her fronts being the worst offenders. She also was displaying signs of a UTI, which are uncommon in horses, but given the structure of Dorothy’s anatomy, seemed inevitable for her. But thanks to the great team at Tacoma Equine alongside her foster and the folks at Pierce County, Dorothy was able to get the help she needed. She was given a dental, and put on a more manageable grain diet when it was revealed she had a chronic wave mouth. She was seen by the farrier multiple times to help get her feet into better shape. She was given antibiotics for her infection and a few stitches to help keep manure out of places it shouldn’t be. She put on weight, and was given the care she had been previously denied. And this all before she stepped of the trailer at SAFE! We are, once again, so grateful for the PCAC and the wonderful fosters they work alongside — Dorothy’s case was one that required a hefty degree of management and time, but they did not give up on her. The horse who stepped off the trailer, while not fully rehabbed, was a far cry from the intake photos that Animal Control sent to us.
It just so happened that Dorothy’s intake coincided with a week when both our vet and farrier would be out. This sweet mare made these appointments a breeze. Despite the unfortunate condition of her feet (an improvement from where they had begun, but still a ways from healthy), Dorothy was a trooper for the farrier. It would have been more than understandable if she was to protest having her hooves handled, but she remained patient and kind throughout the trim. We put her in some nice cushy cloud boots for turnout with an artimud packing to help protect and heal her soles, and the addition of this extra cushion has really improved her comfort level.
Her chronic wave mouth will need further management, but she arrived at SAFE up to date on her vet care. The only thing left to do was remove the caslicks that had been placed to help prevent manure from entering into her vulva, causing further urinary tract issues. Despite being new to the barn and the property, she was a very brave lady.
Dorothy’s kind eye challenges you not to fall in love with her, and if it really is a challenge, then it’s one we are happy to fail. We look forward to continuing to nurse this lovely mare into the healthy and happy version of herself we know she can be!
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