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.


 


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

March 2, 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 »

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

October 4, 2013
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 »

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, a unique Long Island horse rescue

September 8, 2013
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

August 21, 2013
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 16, 2013
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 »

Jordan and her OTTB Socks Compete in the New Vocations Charity Horse Show

July 11, 2013
Jordan Josefczyk and her OTTB (off-the-track-Thoroughbred), Memory Road, now known as “Socks” competed in the Tenth Annual New Vocations Charity Horse Show in Delaware, Ohio. This special horse show is dedicated to featuring the exceptional talent and athleticism of Thoroughbreds after their racing careers end. Jordan has been riding since she was four years… Read more »

Trainer Lisa Molloy’s New Community OTTB Project

April 26, 2013
Lisa Molloy is an OTTB (off-the-track-Thoroughbred) trainer that I previously interviewed on Ex-Racehorse Adoption Blog. She is both a fierce advocate and loving supporter of ex-racehorses. Lisa has a new project for OTTB lovers. A Facebook community page called Thoroughbreds for Adoption to help our beloved OTTBs find the loving homes they… Read more »

A Bit to Bitless Bridle Journey

March 3, 2013
How I’ve used a bitless bridle to retrain three adorable off the track Thoroughbred geldings, reaching new heights as an equestrian. by Juliette Ober Me on sweet Pie, off-track-Thoroughbred, Sly Pioneer, bitless and bareback on a sunny autumn day, October 2012. Photo by Sandra Renninger My adrenaline is flowing and… Read more »

American Standardbred Love Story- Life Lessons from a Horse

March 3, 2013
What I learned from an off the track American Standardbred named Homie and the kindness of strangers, who share a love for horses. by Sarah Foisy Hello, my name is Sarah. I have a story to tell, and I believe my story so important that I am willing to tell… Read more »

Life After the Racetrack – Retraining Racehorses for New Careers

December 21, 2012
Potential new careers for a racehorse and understanding racehorse retraining from leading racehorse trainers at Jonjo O’Neill Racing. Like all of us, there comes a point in a racehorse’s career when they must retire. Whether down to age or injury, a racehorse’s time on the track is normally over before… Read more »