Finds 500th Horse a Home reached a new milestone Oct. 12, when the 500th horse found a new home via the website's all-breed free horse listings.

Saucy Dance, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred filly, was fresh off the track at Laurel Park in Maryland when Teresa Robinson of Pylesville, Md., spotted her ad online.

Saucy Dance

Saucy Dance enjoying her new home.

Bred and raised by Georgia Andreadakis, "Saucy," had raced five times and won once, but according to Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue Inc., volunteer Lucy Krone, "She wasn't the fastest thing on four legs."

Furthermore, Saucy's running style caused her to hit herself on her ankle each time she raced, after which she would be sore for several days. Andreadakis' veterinarian warned her that the filly might do permanent damage to the ankle if she continued to race, so the decision was made to retire Saucy.

For two weeks Andreadakis entertained offers from people eager to adopt and resell Saucy, but she wanted her homebred to have a forever home. "(Georgia) adored her," said Krone. "Saucy had been spoiled and coddled all her life, so it was very important that she find someone who would just give her a really good life."

Then Robinson entered the picture. She was searching for a second pleasure horse to ride and enjoy and, furthermore, she had adopted a Thoroughbred off the track in May and knew what to expect.

"When she came out to meet Saucy she brought pictures of her farm and her animals," said Krone. "It was very important to her that we knew she wanted to provide a really good home."

In fact, Robinson was so excited to begin her new journey with Saucy, she asked if she could send a shipper to pick her up the very next day.

"Now she's just learning how to be a horse," said Robinson. "She worked six days a week at the track and hadn't been turned out on grass in almost a year. She's also learning how to lead--she still has a dance to her walk because she thinks she's going to work."

Since arriving at her new home Oct. 11, Saucy has become fast friends with Robinson's other adopted Thoroughbred and her 25-year-old rescued Arabian. Robinson has been hand-walking the filly around the pasture and farm and letting her graze before she starts her on the longeline in a few weeks.

Saucy's personality is also starting to shine: "She's the funniest little horse--she sticks her tongue out," said Robinson. "All Thoroughbreds are very curious, but she's got a great personality, and she's highly intelligent."

Robinson ultimately plans to use Saucey as a trail horse as well a companion for her other two mounts. started the Free Horses listing in November 2008, first by offering free listings for Thoroughbreds only, sponsored by Gainesway Farm. In July 2009, the United States Trotting Association stepped up to sponsor free listings for Standardbreds. On the one year anniversary of starting the Free Horse Listings, decided to open it up to all breeds, while still being supported by Gainesway Farm and the U.S.T.A.

About the Author

Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

Alexandra Beckstett, Managing Editor of The Horse and a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as Assistant Editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse.

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