A horse gallops with his lungs, Perseveres with his heart, And wins with his character.
- Federico Tesio
RETIREMENT & AFTERCARE
Here at TRRAC, our program mainly accepts thoroughbreds retiring from racing. Our program is a safe place to go for let down and rehabilitation (if needed). Many horses in our care come to us for our expertise in sports injuries, therapy and aftercare. With the advancement of medical science and rehabilitation methods, we are able to successfully rehabilitate many of these horses fully and allow them to lead excellent second careers from pleasure horses to show horses and even jumpers. We are proud to partner with many different owners and trainers who trust us to place their horses in new and safe homes when the time comes. Being able to connect racing connections to those who have adopted their horses gives us pride. and allows for a good partnership in the name of aftercare.
Much of this is quite costly, with a base cost often arising in rehabilitation, more so if we provide surgical services, and post-operative care follow up. This includes, but is not limited to numerous veterinarian visits, x-rays, scans, and specialized medications to help assist these horses in healing fully. At times, horses who are rehabilitating will remain with us for at least one, full year. During this time they will also incur extra costs such as stall bedding, nutrition, dental care, and farrier care.
Horses who enter our program are fully assessed for soundness as well as what type of handler they will require. These horses are also assessed for athletic ability where we are able to train them towards a suitable and appropriate career.
Each horse currently and actively seeking a home is trained and worked with daily. We offer turn out in low ratio and gender-related herds all while offering professional training from trail and pleasure mounts, to upper-level show horses. Our horses are often taken off premises for trail riding as well as attend horse shows.
As we work with our horses to find them appropriate homes, we are sure to screen each potential adopter with means of an adoption application, list of references and more. All horses rehomed through our program are offered permanent sanctuary with us at any time in the case the adopter can no longer care for the horse. All adopters must sign a contract that is permanently bound to TRRAC that protects the horse in the event of abuse or misuse of the horse (if the horse has limiting injuries). An adopter must also sign that they will never sell the horse into the slaughter pipeline.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of horses are abused and sent to the horrific death of slaughter. Much of this can be avoided, if they are just given a chance and a place to call home. A place they can rehabilitate their injuries, rest their minds and find safe and appropriate homes.
With limited rescues and sanctuaries able to take this task on, TRRAC relies heavily on donations and sponsorships for our horses in need. With the help of those who support us, we are able to rescue and rehabilitate many physically injured and mentally broken horses each year. These horses range in ages from very young, to elderly. Some arrive to us in need of simple rest and some are in need of extensive rehabilitation for injuries and illness.
TRRAC utilizes special shippers and private quarantine facilities off-site from our facility for a minimum of 30 days for horses rescued from the auction and slated for slaughter from "kill pens". These horses are often exposed to illness and must undergo special medical testing before they are deemed "Clean" to enter our facility. These quarantine facilities specialize in the needs of these horses, which are often starved, injured and sick- requiring special nutrition and extensive medical attention and medication.