EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 30, 2012

Sam and Stella getting their groove back

By Mary Schwalm

---- — METHUEN — Thoroughbred racing horses Stella and Sam arrived at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in March near death. The horses were emaciated, full of parasites, their hooves were overgrown and their teeth were diseased.

Today, with the bulk of their health problems behind them, their personalities have begun to shine.

“Given their negative history, these two horses are wonderfully good-natured, and seem to have overcome their dire past as they continue to rehabilitate. We look forward to finding these wonderful horses the perfect homes they deserve,” said Candace Digloria of the MSPCA-Nevins Farm.

Stella, 19, was born in Florida, raced 4 years, with 73 starts and two first-place finishes, racing up and down the East Coast, including locally at Suffolk Downs and Rockingham Park. Stella is super laid back, sweet, down to earth and happy to be ridden.

Sam, 17, was born in Pennsylvania and raced in just one race. He arrived in the worst shape, and while he’s packed on more than a 100 pounds, he’s still got a ways to go. He has a leg injury, likely from racing, which means he can’t take the extra weight of a rider, but he has a dynamic personality that would make him an excellent companion for another horse “We call him the ‘Mayor of the MSPCA’” said Digloria. “He is so friendly, greeting all walks at the farm.”

Both Stella and Sam have required thousands of dollars in veterinary care. As a result the MSPCA-Nevins Farm has set up a donation page to enable members of the community to help offset the cost of their care. For more information about Stella and Sam — or to inquire about adopting them — readers can visit the MSPCA-Nevins Farm Website at www.mspca.org/nevinsfarm.