Ex-Racehorse Adoption Blog

Articles and interviews related to helping unwanted horses find homes and retraining off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTB’s) and other breeds for second careers.


Find Out How Massage Can Benefit Your Ex-Racehorse

March 24, 2018
Many horses have issues with balance, straightness or restricted range of motion, especially off-the-track-thoroughbreds. Issues like stiffness, poor flexibility, high head carriage, wrong leads, difficulty circling, weak hind end, heavy on the forehand or a limited ability for collection. Even though a horse’s natural balance is more on the forehand,… Read more »

Feelin’ Groovy: Thoroughbred Rescues Teach the Art of Slowing Down

October 17, 2017
How the simple lyrics to a song help me, once again, enjoy “dappled and drowsy” rides on my rescued Thoroughbreds after an unusually long break in our routine. Slow down, you move too fast. Simon and Garfunkel had no idea when they penned the light-hearted opening line to their iconic “59th… Read more »

A Standard Journey – Giving Up Everything to Help Horses in Need

June 4, 2016
Jackie Parry and her husband Noel rescued five horses from an unknown fate. They sold everything they had. Below is their story. They said we couldn't do it. At times I certainly felt they were right. But were they right in the end? We adopted five scatty Standardbred horses that could… Read more »

$750 T-bred qualifies for Rolex, let’s rumble

December 18, 2014
A $750 T-bred, off the track for just four years, has qualified to compete at the preeminent Rolex Kentucky Three Day. by Susan Salk AP Prime, grandson of the great A.P. Indy, and his owner/rider Leah Lang-Gluscic rode their hearts out at Fair Hill last, despite being halted twice on… Read more »

Time Point is on Her Side, Elder Champions

November 18, 2014
What’s a 70 year old lady doing riding around on a 21 year old Thoroughbred? Winning championships on the California dressage circuit, for starters. by Susan Salk  In 2013, Marilyn Vail and her lightly raced T-bred Time Point were named North American Thoroughbred Society’s National Dressage Champion, the DASC Year End… Read more »

Crazy Horse in Disguise- Dr. Trogstad Retrains an Arabian Gelding

October 27, 2014
Scuba has been one of the hardest yet rewarding horses that Dr. Trogstad has ever trained. Read below about the night she wondered if she had taken on a "Crazy Horse in Disguise." by Jessica Trogstad, DVM I was informed of an ad for a 4 year old Arabian gelding,… Read more »

A hay-filled, horse dream leads to a mustang makeover for Kobi

October 21, 2014
Author, horse trainer, and teacher Heather Hamel shares the story of Kobi, a mustang she rescued that turned her into the rider he deserved. Horses have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember...until I became a teenage girl and discovered boys. Then boys ruled… Read more »

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, a unique Long Island horse rescue

October 2, 2014
Looking past the modern formula of horse rescue, one woman’s realization brings a new aroma to Long Island Wine Country.   by Angela Calabro From arroyos to vineyards, every ranch, sanctuary, and farm that I visit is filled with gorgeous landscapes that hold the beauty of the natural world and… Read more »

Rescued Horses, Love at First Breath

September 10, 2014
A story of horse advocacy through art. by Photographer and creator of UNWANTED, Christine Whitney Being in the presence of a horse, gives you the chance to experience your true, authentic self. I guess it sounds outlandish to say they are my teachers, but they truly do connect me with… Read more »

Finding an Old Friend at New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

August 13, 2014
During my time at New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program as a rider, I had an unexpected surprise. I met up with an old friend from the racetrack.   The Vue From Here & Raina / Photo Courtesy: Amy Allison It has been a while since I did any kind of… Read more »