Welfare group urges Rachel Alexandra’s breeding retirement

Rachel Alexandra and her new foal, by Bernardini.
Rachel Alexandra and her new foal, by Bernardini. The filly is now being raised by a nurse mare.

Animal welfare group PETA has written to the owner of Rachel Alexandra, urging her to retire the mare from breeding.

The 2009 Horse of the Year is recovering after an operation following injuries that she sustained while having her second foal.

PETA sent a letter to Barbara Banke, Rachel Alexandra’s owner, asking her to consider retiring her from life as a broodmare. The group noted in the letter that Rachel Alexandra had a history of birthing complications: “She was hospitalized for pain following the birth of Jess’s Dream, her first foal, and had to have large parts of her intestines removed just last month. Such complications can be life-threatening, and many prize-winning horses — including Lady’s Secret, Meadow Star, Typhoon Tracy, and Urban Sea — have died after giving birth”, the letter said.

“Surely, after earning more than $3 million for Stonestreet Farm, Rachel Alexandra deserves to live a long, peaceful life free of the risk of more frightening injuries,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo.

“PETA hopes that Stonestreet Farm will agree that Rachel Alexandra’s well-being is more important than her value as a broodmare.”

PETA also noted that Rachel Alexandra’s mother, Lotta Kim, also has a history of foaling complications: She had one foal who was born prematurely and died, another died at just 2 years of age because of wobbler syndrome, and she rejected Rachel Alexandra, who then had to be raised by a nurse mare.


5 thoughts on “Welfare group urges Rachel Alexandra’s breeding retirement

  • March 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I agree, the owners should do the right thing and retire her since she’s had life threatening complications with each foaling.

  • March 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I agree. There are other options than having her carry a foal. They can always transplant her eggs into another mare so that they don’t have to put the strain on her body. It might not be as successful but it is most certainly safer in a horse with a history of complications!

    • March 9, 2013 at 8:22 am

      In the world of Thoroughbred racing a foal that is not born from the mare that the egg came from it is not eligible to race. Just like they cannot artificially inseminate, live cover must always be the cause of pregnancy. Just an FYI

  • March 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    It is my opinion that PETA needs to stay out of other individual’s business. This episode with Rachel is quite rare and has nothing to do with the “pain” issue from her first foal. I do not believe that Barbara Banke or anyone associated with Stonestreet Farms has any intention of putting Rachel’s life at risk. On the other hand PETA is known for putting animals down more than they make an effort to save them. Inasmuch as no one knows the facts, I believe it is pointless for anyone to make assumptions as it pertains to Rachel, Barbara Banke or Stonestreet Farms. There are lots of issues that PETA can address, however, Rachel is not one of those issues. PETA is outrageous.

  • March 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Sadly, sometimes Nature is trying to tell us something…


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