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A documentary about the rehabilitation & rehoming of ex-racehorses. Once racing has ended, the fight to give these horses a new life. Read more

Savannah, GA Documentary
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A documentary about the rehabilitation & rehoming of ex-racehorses. Once racing has ended, the fight to give these horses a new life.

Savannah, GA Documentary
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A good man will take care of his horses and dogs, not only while they are young, but also when they are old and past service.

- Plutarch

An OTTB at the Thoroughbred Horse Show
An OTTB at the Thoroughbred Horse Show

Thousands of thoroughbreds are born every year. Only a small fraction of these horses grow to become successful racehorses. For the horses who are not so lucky, a dim future can await them.

Some of these thoroughbreds can fall into breeding chains, be forgotten in back fields, neglected and some sadly may be sent to slaughter. 

This documentary is not about the dismal outcome that can come to these off the track thoroughbreds, but how to fix the problem and what is being done to help these horses. We have traveled the United States visiting barns, trainers, jockeys, breeders, volunteers, veterinarians, farriers, and adoption, retirement, and rehabilitation facilities who dedicate their lives to providing a better life for ex-racehorses. Everyone has different perspectives on how to help off the track thoroughbreds and we hope that their ideas will help create changes in the future.

Trailer 1: https://vimeo.com/73789018

Exchange Rate at Three Chimneys Farm
Exchange Rate at Three Chimneys Farm

Some of these thoroughbreds do not set foot on a track and are in need of a second career and a new home. Many have raced the majority of the lives and have since retired and could fit perfectly in a new occupation once their racing days have ended. OTTBs can be used for any pleasure. These are some of the most dedicated, loving, determined and powerful horses.

A thoroughbred at Graham Motion's barn in Palm Meadows
A thoroughbred at Graham Motion's barn in Palm Meadows

For the last two years we have filmed countless locations and individuals who are incredibly compassionate and devoted to these horses. At this time, we need a little help to continue with our mission to bring awareness to off the track thoroughbreds and everyone who helps them. 

Kentucky Horse Park
Kentucky Horse Park

The $12,000 we are asking for will first help us travel to all the locations we want to visit and film. So far we have traveled to parts of Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and New York. We want to make more trips to Virginia, New York and Kentucky as well as go to Louisiana, Texas and Ohio. It is important to us to try film everyone and anyone who wants to be involved. This film is a group effort through the entire thoroughbred industry. The more involvement we get, the more awareness these horses will receive. 

Michael Blowen at Old Friends
Michael Blowen at Old Friends

The money will help cover transportation for crew, equipment costs, food, housing, music rights and film festivals. 

Chris McCarron at NARA
Chris McCarron at NARA
Graham Motion at Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center
Graham Motion at Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center

Film festivals are expensive but essential to this film. We want as many people as possible to know about ex-racehorses and how deserving they are of a life after the track. They deserve a second chance, and everyone should know about it. 

Lisa Molloy at Lisa Molloy Training Stables
Lisa Molloy at Lisa Molloy Training Stables
Sarah Coleman and Bayou Brass a.k.a. Iggy
Sarah Coleman and Bayou Brass a.k.a. Iggy

From August to March we will be completing the filming for Back on Track. This means lots of long car rides, 15-plus hour filming days and capturing life-changing moments through a camera lens. We have filmed world-renowned jockeys, trainers and thoroughbred owners to single horse owners who have rescued an OTTB. 

Pat Day at Churchill Downs
Pat Day at Churchill Downs

These moments have changed our lives, and we want to share the significance of these people and horses with the world.

The first Kentucky Trip crew at Churchill Downs
The first Kentucky Trip crew at Churchill Downs

Risks and challenges

All projects have bumps along the road, and we sure have had some already. From footage being deleted, to cameras breaking, to car breakdowns, to lost audio, to crew members becoming sick, to not being able to fund a trip to a location that we were dying to visit.

One of the main problems we might come across once we are funded is the event of footage becoming corrupted or not what we expected once filming is completed. One of the big problems with documentary filmmaking is that we can’t always plan for obstacles. A few times we have had a horse bump into a camera and break it, other times we have dropped equipment while in fields and have damaged it. Sometimes the weather has taken a toll on our cameras (snow, rain, dust, dirt) and has caused serious damage. Accidents happen, especially when working in extreme environments and around very large animals.

The good part about hopefully being successful through Kickstarter is that if something goes wrong, we will be able to pack up, travel back to a location and reshoot whatever we missed or was damaged in the process. If something breaks, we hopefully will be able to afford to fix it.

We are a dedicated crew who will stop at nothing to get this film completed. We have not pushed forward for the last two years to be stopped now. We just need a little help of our own along the homestretch.

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