The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is delighted to announce the completion this April of the resurfacing of its round pen, thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA. Awarded the monies for the project last year, the MMSC had to delay work on this integral training tool until the last of the Thoroughbreds at the Center had been adopted at year’s end.
The plan had been to strip the old footing down to the base, even out the grade, and then to lay all new materials some time in January or February weather permitting. With the artic temperatures and the slew of torrid rains however, the work was repeatedly delayed until late March of this year and took over two weeks to do.
Originally built as an electric walker in 2003, the round pen had a hard rocky surface and very poor drainage. Horses bruised their feet, stumbled on it and slipped in the large puddles.
“At liberty natural horsemanship is a keystone of our Horse Centered Reschooling Program, “said MMSC director Susanna Thomas, “and we always had to weigh the benefits of furthering our training versus incurring any number of possible injuries. We are so grateful to the ASPCA for recognizing the importance of the round pen as a reschooling tool and for helping us to make it safer for the horses and much more usable on a daily basis.”
The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to U.S. nonprofit equine welfare organizations and other animal welfare organizations that care for horses, mules, donkeys and ponies – both wild and domestic – in alignment with our efforts to protect all equines. The ASPCA Equine Fund grants program seeks to award equine organizations which strive to achieve best practices, including maintenance of updated websites and robust fundraising practices, as well as excellent animal care.