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Contact: Ian DeGraff, Filament Marketing LLC;
Shoreview, Minn. [August 17, 2016] Ð Every horse owner has had that one special horse, the one that has changed it all. For many, their iconic horse entered their lives after giving to others. This second career is possible through horse adoption.
“By adopting, people give horses a second career or a second chapter,” says Mike Jerina, equine research manager at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center in Gray Summit, Mo. “We are proud to be a part of this adoption story.”
Jerina says the Quarter Horses bred at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center spend their first few years helping millions of other horses by participating in feeding trials. Research specific to equine nutrition has been conducted for more than 87 years. Some of the horses stay on the 1,200-acre farm, while some go onto their forever homes across the country.
Two of these adopted horses have belonged to the Ley family in Fort Atkinson, Wis. The first, a horse named Senor, was adopted by Kirsten’s grandmother, Judy, from Purina in 1996. After Senor had passed away, the story continued when the Leys returned to the state-of-the-art farm to adopt Desi, a relative of Senor.
During their drive from Wisconsin to Missouri, the Ley family looked back on all their years with Senor. Kirsten, 19, thought of her very first memory Ðwatching her cousin show Senor at the county fair. She reminisced about her own success in the show ring. Most of all, she was thankful to Purina for making Senor available for adoption.
“Senor was my best friend growing up. I spent almost every day with him. Through the years, I didn’t realize that he was changing my life, but looking back there’s no doubt that he did,” Ley remembers.