Can you adopt retired race horses?

Can you adopt retired race horses?

New Vocations is proud to be the oldest and largest racehorse adoption program in the country, serving more than 500 horses a year. Since our inception in 1992, we’ve carried out our mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses and placed more than 8,000 in adoptive homes.

Are off the track Thoroughbreds good horses?

OTTBs for Sale Thoroughbreds’ key characteristics are athleticism, speed, and heart, which makes them very suitable for other equestrian disciplines. Due to their versatility, OTTBs have become five-star eventers, champion hunter/jumpers, competitive barrel racers, and reliable trail partners.

How much does it cost to buy an OTTB?

The Cost of an OTTB The average purchase price or adoption fee for an OTTB was $1,985, but that number factors in the 31 percent of horses that were acquired for free. Removing those free horses from the equation puts the average price of an OTTB at $2,894.

How do I find a retired racehorse?

Online shopping. Most of the farms and organizations in this directory, as well as Retired Racehorse Project itself, have online horse listings. As difficult as it is to evaluate a horse from a photo, video, and description, it is a place to start.

What is a retired racehorse called?

What are retired racehorses called? A retired Thoroughbred racehorse is called an “Off The Track Thoroughbred,(OTTB). An OTTB is registered with the Jockey Club and retired from racing or training due to injury, lack of talent, or old age.

Are Thoroughbreds hard keepers?

Certain breeds, such as Thoroughbreds, are predisposed to being hard keepers because their metabolisms are designed for maximum speed rather than maximum efficiency.

Are thoroughbreds good for beginners?

Thoroughbreds are fast, athletic, versatile, and intelligent. When ridden by an experienced hand, they can do almost anything. However, because of their high spirit, they are not the best breed for inexperienced riders.

What to know before getting an OTTB?

Check The Thoroughbred’s Conformation You can tell a lot about the soundness of a horse, and the future of a horse, by his conformation. When looking at an OTTB, bring someone with you who is experienced with thoroughbreds if you are not. Check for an uphill build and sloped shoulders.

How do I find my OTTB?

Research. allows you to type in the name of any Thoroughbred racehorse and will give you free access to pedigree and race records. For a fee you can also watch the horse’s race videos. Study that information before looking at a horse and ask why the horse had breaks from racing, ran well, ran badly, etc.

Do ex racehorses make good horses?

Former racehorses are typically athletic and intelligent and, with the constant handling they have received during their racing career, they can make excellent riding horses in the right hands. But the time and effort involved in retraining them off the track means they aren’t suitable for everyone.