On May 17, 2011, Ryerss Farm welcomed Magic Touch, a 16 hand chestnut Thoroughbred mare. Her sire was the famous 1986 Kentucky Derby winner, Ferdinand, who earned over three million dollars during his racing career. Magic Touch herself, earned over one hundred thousand dollars during her racing career. She retired from racing after she bowed a tendon, but with a year of rest came back to start a new career in show jumping and later, barrel racing. She was also a broodmare for three years, producing big beautiful foals that looked just like her.
Unfortunately, she eventually came into hard times, suffering from extreme neglect before finally being rescued. When she arrived at Ryerss Farm she was malnourished and scored a very poor 1.5 (out of 9) on the Henneke body condition scale. However, with lots of good food and loving care from staff and volunteers, she has made an amazing comeback and is a beautiful mare today, just as she was a few years ago! Her coat shines again and she is energetic and high spirited. She has many admirers among the visitors to Ryerss and she loves the treats of apples and carrots they bring for her! She even has found a special friend in Good Sport, the gelding who stays close by her side.
This is a happy ending for Magic Touch – she will never again have to suffer from hunger or lack of care. At Ryerss, she will always have a safe and comfortable home and Ryerss was pleased to be able to aid in her rescue and give her a new life.