Send Luigi HOME!!!

$1,020 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 12 people in 46 months
Jacquelynn Grassi  WATERFORD, MI
Please see my blog for the WHOLE story on Luigi: http://thehorsechicktales.blogspot.com/2013/07/luigis-honour.html
Quick Summary: I ended up having to pay $200 out of my pocket to buy Luigi from the sale barn, a sale that simply could not have been orchestrated without the help of my roommate and two of my very good friends who literally dropped what they were doing and offered their hauling services and rig to get him out of there just a few hours before he was scheduled to be picked up by the local kill buyer. His original owners and trainer have a pasture open for him in Pennsylvania to retire in peace, and desperately want him back, but finances are making this difficult. My feeling is that these people did right as best as they could by Luigi, but a lying barn owner at Locust Breeze betrayed both them and the horse. If there's a way that I can help raise the money to get him home to them, I'll do the driving myself. He is currently safe at a boarding barn owned by a wonderful couple who, upon hearing his dire situation, immediately opened up a small rehabilitation paddock and stall for him to rest in (and are charging me a VERY reduced board rate) until we can raise the funds to get him back home to Pennsylvania to retire in the life he deserved all along.

For everyone involved who immediately put their own lives and plans on hold in the last 24 hours to help me save the life of just one crippled ex-racehorse, I cannot even begin to thank you enough. For those of you who want to help contribute to getting Luigi home to his family in Pennsylvania, please use this page. It's quick, easy, secure, and literally every dollar puts us a little closer to giving Luigi the retirement that he deserves. I'm not putting a cap on the donation request, we're taking only what we need for fuel and food for the trip, and the rest will be split 50/50 between Day Dreams Farm Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation ( www.daydreamsfarm.com) and Beyond The Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement ( http://www.beyondtherosesequine.org) another 501(c)3 that specializes in Thoroughbred ex-racehorses. I feel very passionately that even though I can't save more than one at a time of the millions of "Luigis" out there that fall through the cracks, I can do my best to support those organizations that have similar goals.
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Update 4
Posted by Jacquelynn Grassi
46 months ago
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Update! We're more than halfway there! WOOHOO! I have this Friday off of work, and if we can finish off this mission, Luigi could be home as early as next weekend! Can we make it happen??

Remember, 100% of the donations remaining after expenses are covered will go to the non-profit rescues Beyond The Roses and Day Dreams Farm to help the rest of the Luigi-horses out there that need a safe place to retire!
Waiting patiently to go home!
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Update 3
Posted by Jacquelynn Grassi
46 months ago
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Just thought I'd share this little moment today between Luigi and a wonderful little girl who helped me with him. He's got to be one of the most kind-hearted, sweetheart Thoroughbreds I've ever met. Remember: his last race was a week ago today.
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Update 2
Posted by Jacquelynn Grassi
46 months ago
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I went up to see Luigi this morning. Despite his ugly legs, he's a VERY happy camper! He went for a stroll in the indoor arena to stretch out and get a change of scenery, then he got a good grooming and some fly spray, and then went back outside to a mutual-grooming session over the fence with his neighbors. He's happy, has all the hay he can eat and water he can drink, and is just hanging out until he gets to make the most important road trip of his life! We're over halfway there, folks, please continue to share, spread the word, and let's get this sweet boy home! I took a few better pictures of his legs today, so you can more clearly see just how awful that front right looks. The left is bad also, but the right is MUCH worse.
The worst of the two front legs, right.
Another angle of the right front.
Mutual grooming w. his neighbors. :)
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Update 1
Posted by Jacquelynn Grassi
46 months ago
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Holy cow! I woke up this morning to the overwhelming generosity of virtual strangers. What a great surprise!! To those of you who have donated anonymously, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish I knew your names to thank you all individually, but please know your actions and generosity have gotten us more than halfway to our goal!

I'm getting ready to go up to see Luigi this morning. More pics and video on the way this afternoon! Everyone have a wonderful day!
Luigi says THANK YOU!!!
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$1,020 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 12 people in 46 months
Created July 11, 2013
Jacquelynn Grassi  
NH
$100
Nancy Homeister
46 months ago
CP
$50
Crossroad Press
46 months ago

God I hate people who don't deserve the company of animals. I wish Luigi well..

RB
$25
Rachel Barrett
46 months ago
$20
Anonymous
46 months ago
$25
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46 months ago
JP
$25
Jen Pletcher
46 months ago

Wish I could do more to help.

$15
Anonymous
46 months ago
$500
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46 months ago
$10
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46 months ago
$50
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46 months ago
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