Outdated Plea Says 52 Thoroughbred Horses Need Homes

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52 Homeless Thoroughbred Horses?

52 thoroughbred horses need homes
Netlore Archive: Viral social media postings claim that exactly 52 unwanted thoroughbred horses will be slaughtered unless people volunteer to give them homes. Location varies by posting. . Facebook.com

Description: Viral message
Circulating since: Jan. 2011
Status: Outdated (details below)

Example #1:
As shared on Facebook, Jan. 11, 2014:

FREE HORSES!!!! 52 thoroughbred horses need homes. Will go to Sugarcreek this Sat. for slaughter.Gentleman died and his son wants nothing to do with them. Most broodmares are broke and some are in foal weanling, yearlings, 2 yrs and 3 yrs old most are gelded.FREE and papered. Friend of the deceased is trying to find homes. 440-463-4288 Barnesville, OH. Please copy and paste this on your status


Example #2:
As shared on Facebook, Aug. 9, 2011:

Posting for a friend: 52 thoroughbred horses need homes. Will go to Sugarcreek this Sat. for slaughter. Gentleman died his son wants nothing to do with them. Most broodmares are broke and some are in foal weanling, yearlings, 2 yrs and 3 yrs old most are gelded. FREE and papered. Friend of the deceased is trying to find homes. 440-463-4288 Barnesville. Please copy and paste this!


Analysis: As often happens, a viral message which once upon a time had some truth to it continues to be posted, reposted, and re-reposted even though it has outlived its purpose -- to the point where now, three years down the road, it's simply false, irrelevant, and annoying.

In January 2011 there were indeed 52 thoroughbred horses left homeless by a deceased owner in northeastern Ohio (though whether or not they were actually in danger of being "slaughtered" remains a matter of debate), but thanks in part to a timely plea by race horse enthusiast and Facebook member Lynn Boggs, all of those horses were successfully relocated within days. So her original posting was already out of date by the beginning of February, yet as of August 10, 2011, new and old versions of it were still replicating at the rate of several hundred repostings a day.

Moral of the story: Good news doesn't travel as fast as bad news, or linger as long. Always check the facts before sharing!

Another variant claims the homeless horses are located in Scotland:

FOR ANYONE INTERESTED! dont know if anyone can collect from scotland but here it is 52 Thorougbred horses need homes. Will go to slaughter this sat. Gentleman died & his son wants nothing to do with the horses. Most broodmares , broken in & some in foaling/we aning, 2-3 yrs old, most geldings- free- Contact Chett Wallace 07842 748538 . Please re-post if you know horsey peeps

This variant claims the homeless horses are in Johannesburg, South Africa:

URGENT: 52 thoroughbred horses need homes in Joburg. Will go to Sugarcreek this Sat. for slaughter. Gentleman died and his son wants nothing to do with them. Most broodmares are broke and some are in foal, weaning, yearlings, 2yrs and 3yrs old most are gelded. FREE and papered. Friend of the deceased are trying to find homes. CONTACT: Chett Wallace in Rustenburg 084 274 8538. PLEASE PASS ON!

This variant claims the homeless horses are located near Napa, California:

Reposting - for a friend of a friend of a friend near Napa, CA FREE HORSES!!! 52 thoroughbred horses need homes. Will go to Sugarcreek this Sat. for slaughter. Gentleman died, his son wants nothing to do with them. Most broodmares are broke and some are in foal weanling, yearlings, 2 yrs and 3 yrs old most are gelded. FREE and papered. Friend of the deceased is trying to find homes. 440-463-4288 Barnesville. Please copy and paste this

This variant claims the homeless horses are located in Oregon:

FREE HORSES!!! 52 thoroughbred horses in Oregon need homes. Will go to Sugarcreek this Sat. for slaughter. Gentleman died. His son wants nothing to do with them. Most broodmares are broke and some are in foal. Weanlings, yearlings, 2 yrs and 3 yrs old most are gelded. Friend of the deceased is trying to find homes. 440-463-4288 Barnesville. Please copy and paste this if you have horse connections

 

Sources and further reading:

Ohio Veterinarian's Son Confirms 52 Thoroughbreds Rehomed
TheHorse.com, 18 February 2011

52 Thoroughbreds Find Homes Via Facebook
TheHorse.com, 3 February 2011

The Day the Internet Saved 52 Horses
YourSEOSucks.com, 2 February 2011

No Hoaxing, 52 Thoroughbred Horses Will Not Be Slaughtered
Digital Journal, 2 February 2011