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Soy Yo Surgical Fund

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THE STORY:

Soy Yo, a four-year old racehorse rescued on July 10 in Miami Gardens by the South Florida S.P.C.A., needs help with his surgical and rehabilitation costs. The thoroughbred underwent surgery yesterday (8/29) to remove bone chips from broken sesamoid bones in all four of his legs at Reid and Associates in Loxahatchee. He was released today to Laurie Waggoner, director of ranch operations for the South Florida S.P.C.A., and will continue on his road to recovery at the organization’s ranch in Homestead, where he begins eight weeks of stall rest.

Yes, you read that right: All. Four. Legs.

Soy Yo’s last start was on February 13 of this year, but there was no love for him that pre-Valentine’s day when he finished eighth at Gulfstream Park. The four year-old dark bay stallion’s racing days, which included three visits to the winner’s circle, were over. He was used up, broken down, and tossed out.

Manuel Azpurua, Soy Yo’s trainer of record for the February 13 race, said Soy Yo had “won three races and broke down in the front leg. Then he raced again and broke down in the back leg.’’ Azpurua went on to say he gave the horse away to someone at Calder Race Course.

“Soy Yo wasn’t winning anymore,” said Jeanette Jordan, executive director of the South Florida S.P.C.A., “and what I know happens, they want to get it off the payroll so they just hand it off. Then the horse enters a dark hole.”


That dark hole turned out to be a ramshackle boarding facility in Miami Gardens. On July 10, 2013, Soy Yo was found wasting away; only scoring a 1 on the Henneke body condition scale, the once-powerful 17.1 hand thoroughbred had become “a walking skeleton,” according to Waggoner. The location was familiar, where only two days prior she had busted down a nailed-shut stall to reach two paints left to starve to death. They, along with Soy Yo, were taken to the SPCA’s ranch for immediate medical treatment and are still in recovery from the ordeal.

While the legal ramifications are being handled by the authorities, So Yo is being given every possible chance at a happy, healthy life. It hasn’t, nor will it be, easy for him. The huge horse with the sweet eyes and velvety smooth coat regained weight very slowly due to his large size. He was gelded as per SFSPCA policy once he was healthy enough, but has been kept apart from the others as he adjusts from being a stallion. Now, his legs must heal. Amazingly, after all that he has been through, Soy Yo is very friendly and affectionate.

The SFSPCA has, and will continue to go the distance for this horse. It is believed that once healed, Soy Yo will be rideable and will be a great horse for a future adopter.

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  • Melissa Johnson

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    $25

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Donor Comments

Dr Peter & Barbara Newton

Dr Peter & Barbara Newton

DONATION: $25

For Soy Yo's care! 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $45

4 years ago

Ellen Meyers

Ellen Meyers

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Suzie Cook

Suzie Cook

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Daniel Cullen

Daniel Cullen

DONATION: $10

4 years ago

Denise Broadhurst

Denise Broadhurst

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson

DONATION: $100

Any time I can help an animal, especially a horse, in need I am always willing to help. These stories touch my heart and break my heart in so many ways. Hoping YO SOY a road to recovery. 4 years ago

Eileen Grabowski

Eileen Grabowski

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Nancy Bolton

Nancy Bolton

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Bon Appeal

Bon Appeal

DONATION: $10

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