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The Ranger Foundation cares for retired horses

The Ranger Foundation cares for retired horses

September 02, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

SHARPSBURG - Retired life is good.

There are 300 acres to graze and roam, and plenty of relationship drama as new retirees sometimes shake things up at Greenbriar Farm.

Greenbriar Farm, between Sharpsburg and Keedysville, is home to The Ranger Foundation, which takes care of retired service horses such as military, police and therapeutic horses, said founder Ann Corcoran.

The foundation began after the Corcorans were asked to take care of Ranger, a horse in the cavalry program their son Patrick was a part of at Valley Forge Military Academy.

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That was in August 2001. Within two months, the school asked the couple if they could take care of a couple more retired horses, and the Corcorans formed a nonprofit foundation.

Ranger died a few years ago, but today the foundation takes care of 10 horses, including Sgt. Tom, a 2,000-pound Percheron who retired from the South Carolina National Guard, where he served during funerals. Tom lost his ability to sweat while in the South, but he has since regained it after a couple cold winters, Corcoran said.

The horses spend most of their time in pastures. Because some of them have dental problems, they are fed a special soft food mix, Corcoran said.

The foundation is reliant upon donations and volunteers, who can be 13 or older, to care for the horses. For information, call 301-797-8051 or go to www.rangerhorse.org.

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