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.