Finding Minnesota: This Old Horse
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Finding Minnesota: This Old Horse

August 13, 2019


IN ADDITION, AT LEAST 350 OF THEIR OWN NURSES HAVE AGREED TO CONTINUE WORKING DESPITE THE STRIKE>SOME OF THE BEST ATHLETES IN THE WORLD HAPPENED TO BE RACEHORSES. WHEN THEY ARE ON TOP OF THEIR GAME, THEY CAN BE CHEERED ON BY THOUSANDS OF RACING FANS. WHEN THEIR CAREERS ARE OVER, MANY HAVE A HARD TIME FINDING NEW HOME AND LIVING OUT THEIR LIVES. IN THIS WEEK’S FINDING MINNESOTA, WE GO TO HASTINGS WHERE A ONE-OF-A-KIND FARM IS SHOWING HORSES THAT RETIREMENT IS JUST THE BEGINNING. HI, BUCKY. HOW ARE YOU? Reporter: IN DAKOTA COUNTY, THERE’S A RETIREMENT HOME. ERR IS ABOUT 20 NOW. Reporter: THE RESIDENTS HAVE PUT IN THEIR TIME AND NOW THEY ARE LEARNING WHAT RETIREMENT IS REALLY ALL ABOUT. WHEN PEOPLE HELP US, WE CAN CONTINUE TO EXPAND OUR REACH TO HELP HORSES. Reporter: NANCY TURNER HAS LOVED THESE ANIMALS ARE WHOLE LIFE. HE LOVES THE ATTENTION. Reporter: IS THE REASON SHE STARTED THIS WHOLE HORSE, A SANCTUARY WHERE RETIRED RACEHORSES CAN LIVE OUT THEIR FINAL DAYS, ANIMALS ONCE BELOVED BY OWNERS AND FANS. PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH THEIR WORST IS DON’T WANT TO KEEP THEIR HORSES. THEY WANT A NEW ONE. Reporter: THEY COME HERE. N STARTED THE SANCTUARY IN 2012 WITH 12 HORSES. NOW SHE HAS 40 AND ANOTHER 50 IN FOSTER CARE. THE AVERAGE LIFESPAN IS 25 YEARS. WE HAVE AT LEAST 10 HORSES OLDER THAN 25. WE HAVE ONE THAT’S 37. THEY CAN LAST A LONG TIME. Reporter: THEY ARE NOT JUST LIVING. SOME OF THEM ARE FALLING IN LOVE. THAT INCLUDES THE GRANDCHILDREN OF TWO OF THE MOST FAMOUS RACEHORSES OF ALL TIME. THIS IS THE GRANDSON OF SEC. AT. Reporter: WHEREVER BIG GOES, SODAS GIGI, GRANDDAUGHTER OF SEATTLE SLEW. HERE BONDS FORMED BETWEEN HORSES BUT ALSO BETWEEN HUMANS. ORR IT’S THE LITTLE MOMENTS. I THINK IT’S SHARING TIME WITH HER AND HAVING OUR THING TOGETHER. Reporter: THIS OLD HORSE RUNS ON VOLUNTEERS LIKE PATRICK SCHMITT. WE ALWAYS GET OUR TIME TOGETHER. IT’S FUN TO BE WITH MY DAD IN DO SOMETHING TOGETHER. Reporter: IT’S THE SAME FOR STACY AND JACKSON. I LIKE IT. I LIKE THIS PLACE A LOT. IT IS BEEN A LOT OF FUN, GROWING TOGETHER, LAUGHING, WORKING HARD Reporter: NOT EVERY HORSE TALE HAS A HAPPY ENDING. THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT HIS EYES. WE ARE TRYING HARD. Reporter: YEARS AGO, NANCY STARTED TAKING AND RESCUE HORSES, CASES WHERE A HORSE WAS NEGLECTED AND CLOSE TO STARVING, LIKE SHADOW, WHO BATTLED PNEUMONIA. SOMETIMES YOU GET A HORSE THAT IS REALLY SICK THAT YOU HAVE HOPED FOR. Reporter: THAT’S WHAT THE SANCTUARY IS ABOUT, GIVING A SECOND CHANCE TO ANYONE WHO SETS FOOT OR WHO THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR. IT HELPS YOU FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE. THAT’S WHY PEOPLE LOVE THEM. THEY ARE WITH YOU AND MORE THAN ANY OTHER ANIMAL YOU’VE EVER MET. Reporter: JOHN LAURITSEN, WCCO. JOHN SAYS THAT VOLUNTEERS WHO PUT IN ENOUGH HOURS CAN GET FREE RIDING LESSONS AT THE

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  1. Great video and thanks to your channel for showing it. It's comforting to know that there are noble souls out there caring for unfortunate animals. May God give them strength to carry on this task.

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