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Our Program and Intake Procedure

Thoroughbred Aftercare

Our Mission

Dignified Retirement, Safety, Rehabilitation

and Successful Adoption

TRRAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit aftercare and rehabilitation program and we take in roughly around 80 or more thoroughbred horses per year. We work with multiple race track aftercare programs who include Turning For Home (Parx Racing), Second Call (Monmouth Park), New Start (Penn National), Aftercare Charles Town (Charles Town) and Beyond The Wire. TRRAC also accepts horses from individual and private owners/trainers as well as thoroughbreds who are owned by individuals and have already been restarted in second careers.

TRRAC is dedicated to the dignified retirement of thoroughbred racehorses. Our mission is to offer rehabilitation and safe sanctuary where we can offer nutrition, medical care and eventually placement of into safe homes with approved adopters when the time is right. Our team is dedicated to keeping each horse safe from abuse, neglect and out of the slaughter pipeline and kill pens, while offering owners and trainers an option to retire their racehorses where they will be cared for without the threat of auction or slaughter. We also offer permanent sanctuary for elderly and special needs horses. Often, these residents require more upkeep and medications than normal. We provide specialized medical treatments, shoeing, nutritional care and professional training to ensure every horse is safe, happy and cared for.

While a majority of our horses are retired directly from their racing careers, we accept owner enrollments for any thoroughbred and offer sanctuary for forgotten and abandoned horses suffering from abuse and neglect.  Our program is run from public assistance of donations and volunteers as well as aftercare support from race tracks (if that horse is able to be supported through their track's program). 

Our horses are fully evaluated for soundness, suitability for a second career and disposition, which includes riding assessments and professional training under saddle. We also house horses in need of rehabilitative treatment such as surgery and offer them rest and a safe sanctuary.

Any horse who has been placed through our program has permanent sanctuary and will be accepted back no questions asked during any point in the horse's lifetime should the adopter or owner be unable to care for them anymore. We pride ourselves on providing a safety net for all our horses, with adopters required to give monthly updates complete with color side shots of their adopted horse as well as yearly veterinarian forms to show the horse is being properly cared for.

In addition, TRRAC accepts owner surrenders, horses rescued from abuse situations in need of rehabilitation, elderly horses and assists by rescuing horses pulled from the slaughter pipeline out of kill pens. ​


Each horse that enters our program at TRRAC starts with a physical evaluation by our veterinarians, followed by hoof and dental work-up. Each horse is also vaccinated, microchipped and receives a small freeze brand. Each horse is then videoed at a walk and a trot in hand, followed by photos of their sides, front back, and legs.


Whether coming straight from the track or rescued, we are sure to thoroughly evaluate each horse individually.

Horses in our program are placed on a diet to suit their needs that include supplements to assist in their health. They are given proper downtime and offered professional training in a discipline that suits their physical, mental and athletic well being.

TRRAC Accepts Horses From:

  • Retirement direct from racing

  • Owner Surrenders

  • Abuse and Neglect Cases

  • Assisting Slaughter-bound horses to safety

  • Abandonment & Neglect

The amount of room in our program depends on the number of horses adopted, held for rehabilitation and financials. Our program's funds are recycled through adoption fees, of which our sound and athletic horses are able to be adopted for a higher fee, that recycles back into the care towards horses in our program who are injured or need medical attention as well as special needs. We also accept donations from our wonderful supporters who help assist our cause.

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