Make A Difference - Adopt A Retired Race Horse Today!
Meeting Our Horses
What To Expect
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, limited physical appointments are available. To accommodate the needs of adopters, we also offer virtual appointments and are more than happy to send additional photos and videos of horses performing tasks other than riding.
If you have a physical appointment scheduled, you will be required to wear a mask, even when picking up a horse. We are happily socially distanced over 65 acres and take precautions to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy.
Please, no dogs at our facility. An adopter may bring their trainer and one family member. Please no outside "friends" or those who you do not interact/live with daily.
Step 1 - Applications
Applications may be submitted either online or mailed (not recommended as mail is slower). Applications are easy to complete online and must be filled out in entirety to be considered for approval.
Application processing time may take up to 5-7 business days depending on your references. You must submit a letter of recommendation from your veterinarian which can be attached to your application online or emailed to our office. If you are set on the horse you absolutely want, a deposit may be placed as long as your application has been submitted prior. If your application is denied, your deposit will be returned.
Step 2 - Meeting Horses
Once your application is approved - you may go ahead and schedule an appointment either in person or online to meet and view horses you are interested in. Our staff will guide you in helping select your perfect horse. During this time, you may ride, groom and handle the horse, as well as ask questions you feel are important.
If you want to make a "one stop" and have an approved application, you may bring your trailer and take your horse home the same day!
Step 3 - Deposits and Pre-Purchase Exams
Once you have decided on a horse to adopt that seems to suit- you may place a deposit hold on the horse. During this time, a deposit hold will allow for paperwork, pre-purchase exams (recommended, but not required) as well as arranging shipping.
A pre-purchase exam may be conducted by a veterinarian of your choice. If you do not have a veterinarian in our area, we can supply you with a list of local veterinarians to choose from.
Contracts and Taking Your Horse Home
Before taking your new horse home, you must sign an adoption agreement within our organization. The agreement may be signed electronically and when signed, agrees to keep our organization updated to the well-being of your horse. You will receive an invoice for your horse's adoption fee and once paid, your new friend is ready to come home! We accept PayPal, Venmo or Check (NO CASH).
Upon signing the adoption agreement, you will receive a discharge sheet complete with your horse's feed schedule, turn out, equipment utilized during training, vaccines, deworming, coggins, dental and shoeing date as well as any and all medical records.
After adoption updates are easy to send! We require a once monthly update for the first 6 months, with updates every 6 months thereafter. Your horse's previous connections care about them and we are happy to supply our donors and racing connections with happy updates. Send photos! We love photo spam!
Updates may be submitted at the link below.
A yearly veterinarian letter of physical inspection and vaccines are required to be submitted to our office for our records each year during ownership.
All of these updates may be submitted easily through our website at the links below.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Adoption Process
Our mission is simple, yet hard work. We strive to provide safe landings to all thoroughbreds- whether they are retiring from their last race and are in need of aftercare, to those who seek sanctuary and rehabilitation. We work tirelessly to enhance the breed and demand for retired race horses in new careers. Our program is trusted by many breeders, owners and trainers to ensure safety and all horses are retired responsibly from their owners from racing, with their registration papers sent back to the Jockey Club and stamped "Retired From Racing". Please do not inquire about these horses if you intend to race and breed them.
Prepurchase Exams and Release of Medical Records
PPE's (Pre-purchase exams) are welcomed and suggested by our organization. If you do not have a vet to conduct a PPE, we can provide a list of veterinarians in the area to suit your needs. Most of our thoroughbreds come with diagnostics beforehand such as radiographs and ultrasounds that are available to any interested party. A PPE is the financial responsibility of the interested party. All records are fully disclosed to the interested adopter's veterinarian before a PPE. Please request these records for your vet at this link (must have approved application).
Tack Notations (sizing, type of bit, etc.)
Grain and Hay
Turn Out routine
Any other pertinent information
About our Adoption Application
The best way to get started with inquiring about a horse is to submit an adoption application in FULL. Incomplete applications will result in slower processing times. All parties interested in coming to see and try a horse listed must first submit an application in full to us by email or Postal Service. YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED AN APPOINTMENT WITHOUT AN APPLICATION SUBMITTED.
Scheduling Appointments and Trying Horses
Deposits, Sight Unseen Adoption and Holds
Step By Step - Adoption Processes
STEP 1 - CONTACTING US
Contact us at:
Please allow 48 hours for a response.
As we do not "hold" a horse without a deposit and you are TRULY interested in a certain horse- the best method of contact is to email us.
Applications usually take up to 3-5 days for approval, depending on our availability to contact your references, unless it is submitted on a weekend or holiday.
We highly suggest riding the horse you are interested in.
We also invite you to take video, so you may review it later with your trainer and family.
- Each Horse will have a maximum ride time of 20-30 minutes.
- While trainers are welcome with interested parties, they will be prohibited from giving the applicant a lesson. Short coaching is allowed. (approaching jumps, asking the horse to perform a certain task)
- Horses must not be pushed beyond their currently trained limits. Example: If a horse has not jumped above a certain height, you may not jump a jump higher than which they have learned at our facility.
- Off site trials are not permitted.
- PPE's are welcomed and encouraged by all interested parties.
Adoption fees are due before a horse departs our facility. Electronic transaction or a bank check is accepted. We also accept Visa, Discover, MasterCard and Pay Pal. Horses may be boarded at our facility short term. Short term day board is $25/daily. Invoices must be clear before a horse departs.
If you are in need of transport for your horse, we can provide local transport for an additional fee, or you may acquire quote from one of our DOT insured, commercial shippers. All paperwork for shipping as well as scheduling and shipping costs are the adopter's responsibility. Please give us 48 hours notice before you plan on picking up a horse.
FAQ - Adopting
I live far away, may I bring my trailer to my appointment and take a horse home the same day?
Yes. If your application has been submitted and approved, you may visit, try and take a horse home the same day. Payment for adoption fees must be paid in full prior to departing with a horse. We do not accept cash. We accept Paypal, Venmo or a certified bank check (no personal checks).
Will I be able to ride horses I am interested in?
Here at TRRAC, we are committed to ensuring a perfect match between horse and rider. We allow rides on horses in our program who have been restarted. We allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks for any horse entering our program to settle in. These horses are often not offered to the public until after their "let down" times.
How long does it take to review my application?
Typically, it takes 24 hours for a quick review, UNLESS it is a weekend or holiday. It will take as long to process as it takes your references to return our inquiry, but generally 3-5 days. In the meantime, as long as your application is on file, you are more than welcome to inquire about horses in our program as well as place a deposit.
Do you offer shipping to help me bring my horse home?
Yes. We have both local and state-wide shippers. These shippers are trusted, commercially insured drivers who specialize in transporting thoroughbreds. Shipping fees vary depending on your location. If you would like your horse to ship with wraps, a cooler, etc- we would gladly dress your horse prior to shipping granted you provide these items.
May I take a horse on trial?
The short answer is no. While we do allow deposit holds to try a horse at our facility, we do not allow horses to leave our custody for trials. Our horses have been shuffled and shipped around enough and we feel that they should settle in a home that is decided on without the stress of being shipped back and forth if things do not work out.
When may I come visit your horses?
You may schedule an appointment 48 hours in advance and scheduled during our hours of operation. While we try our best to accomodate everyone, please do not ask to visit the horses outside these hours. Appointments may be scheduled online and you must have an application on file prior to visiting.
What are your requirements to visit and try a horse?
Applications must be on file in our office prior to scheduling an appointment.
I'm interested in a horse, but I need to come back with my trainer. Can you hold a horse?
Obtaining a new horse is a big decision, so it is only proper that we encourage all parties (including a trainer) to help with your decision. We only hold horses with a deposit. Deposits are valid for 5-7 days (depending on holidays, etc.) and allow for your trainer to return, schedule a PPE and finish paper work. Deposits are 20% non-refundable and are applied to the final adoption fee of a horse.
Do you have your horses vetted? May I have a horse looked over by a vet?
While most of our horses have been assessed by a veterinarian or had diagnostics performed, we encourage all parties to obtain at least a basic PPE. If you do not have a veterinarian, we can provide a list of local veterinarians to assist you.
What if I am just passing by and stop in to see you?
Please understand, while we are more than happy to have visitors, we run on business hours and plan our days by schedule only. We are very busy and have other appointments with veterinarians, training sessions as well as other visitors. You will be asked to schedule an appointment and will not be permitted to enter the grounds to view the horses. Please be courteous to us.
Do you negotiate adoption fees for horses?
The simple answer is no. We understand you may offer the best home possible, however we screen all of our adopters to allow the horse to enter the best home to begin with. Our horses are priced at market value and at times even lower than that and have been assessed professionally which includes medical care, diagnostics, vaccinations and professional training- with some horses holding a show record. You are getting a horse who has had a high amount of financial investment.
May I lease or foster a horse?
While we do not offer leases on our horses, at times we may have a special horse of which we will hold a lifetime lease or foster agreement for. These horses are rare and often are special needs horses who MUST return to our facility in the event you no longer wish to foster.
Why was my application denied?
There are many reasons why an application may have been denied. Although rare we deny an application, a few factors may include the following:
What if I want to sell a horse from your program?
Sure thing! We understand that many people seek young projects to bring along, especially for different careers. We do have a few horses in our program from time to time who are unable to be re-sold.
Things aren't working out, may I return my horse to your program?
FAQ - Our Horses
Can you provide me with more information on a horse?
We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about any horse in our program, however please make sure you check that horse's page for information, photos, video and availability. Most questions you have are available right on each horse's page, as we try our best to list as much information about each horse as possible.
What does "hold/pending" mean on a horse's page?
This horse has a deposit hold and is currently pending either veterinarian inspection or is preparing for it's new home. Deposits are generally 5-7 days, so if you are interested in a horse, keep checking back for that horse's availability. Some adopters do change their minds to adopt another horse or a new arrival during this process. Remember, submitting an application or scheduling an appointment does NOT hold a horse. Only a 20% deposit will hold a horse.
Why do you freezebrand your horses?
The simple answer is for the horse's safety and protection and to have the ability to identify a horse to our program at any time. Our brand is a small freezebrand placed on the horse's left hind quarter. The brand is painless and takes approximately 10 seconds to apply. It is a faint brand and is no different than a warmblood or other breed brand. Thoroughbreds from other countries are often branded as well.
Do you transfer the horse's microchip number to new owners in your program?
No. We will provide you with the paperwork on the number for show purposes and your own records. However, the microchip is registered with the EPR and Jockey Club. It is linked to our organziation. In the event the horse is in an undesireable location (auction, dealer pen) we can be immediately notified. It is our protective measures for the horse.
Are your horses microchipped?
Yes. We microchip every horse for their safety. The microchip is linked to our program for life.
Where do your horses come from? Do you buy them?
No, we do not buy horses. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit aftercare program dedicated to the safety of thoroughbred horses when they are retiring from their racing careers. Our horses are surrendered or donated to our program and we provide medical care, rehabilitation and professional training before adopting them out to safe homes.
Can you take in my horse?/May I surrender a horse?
Our program allows for surrendered and donated horses to our program. However, these horses must meet the following qualifications:
What about horses with a projected poor quality of life?
This is a question that is never easy to talk about, but we feel is very important. We value the life of every horse entering our facility. At times, we are their last effort to help rehabilitate and find a home. Our goal is to intercept horses who otherwise have no safe place to go to obtain medical treatment and may end up in a bad place.
Why is this horse's price/fee so low/so high?
This is a question we are frequently asked and it depends on a number of variables. As we are a 501(c)3 non-profit, we are not resellers, but DO feel it is fair to recoup the value of a horse depending on the amount of training the horse has had, it's athletic ability as well as it's resume. After all, you are getting a mount who has experience in a certain career set- whether they are a seasoned trail horse to already showing or a horse who has full upper level potential.
FAQ - Our Program
Do you allow volunteers?
Short answer is, YES! We absolutely appreciate volunteers. But be prepared, it is hard (and dedicated work). We work when it is very hot and we work in the bitter cold. Volunteering is quite rewarding, but you will be expected to know how to handle horses. As much as our horses are mainly quiet and friendly, we are tasked with rehabilitating and transitioning thoroughbreds into "civilian life". This includes handling young and energenic horses.
Where is your facility located?
We are located in West Chester, Pennsylvania.