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 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 »

Off-Track Thoroughbreds & the USET- Back to the Future?

November 16, 2012
Do Off-the-Track-Thoroughbreds (OTTB's) make good competition horses? Karen Prell makes the case that OTTB's could have a bright future in the show ring, even at Olympic levels. by Karen Prell Now that the 2012 London Olympics are over, and we’ve all had a chance to catch our collective breath, are you,… Read more »

Horse Adoption Stories: Wendy Wolley and her ex-racehorse Ollie

August 1, 2012
Equitrekking's "Horse Adoption Stories" series profiles Wendy Wooley, a photographer with EquiSport Photos and her OTTB (off-the-track-Thoroughbred) Ollie. Wendy has two OTTB's and shares her story about why she adopted Ollie and great advice for those considering adopting an ex-racehorse.  Wendy and her beautiful OTTB, Ollie Raina Paucar: Wendy, what is… Read more »

Neville Bardos: For the Love of the Horse

July 28, 2012
Read about equestrian Boyd Martin, who is competing in the London 2012 Olympics as a member of the U.S. Equestrian team, and his special horse, Neville Bardos. Neville Bardos is Boyd's backup horse for the Olympics, and it was quite the journey to get him to London! by Ann Jamieson  The… Read more »

Horse Adoption Story: Megan Cavan and her ex-racehorse Cam

July 16, 2012
Equitrekking is featuring a new series called, "Horse Adoption Stories." This month we profile Megan Cavan and her OTTB (off-the-track-Thoroughbred) Cam. Megan shares her story about why she adopted Cam, who is the official Royal Champion TROTT horse.  Megan Cavan and her OTTB, Cam Raina Paucar for Equitrekking: What is… Read more »

Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue with Stephanie Cowser

July 5, 2012
Stephanie Cowser shares her story of how her love of Thoroughbred horses led her to visit Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in New York. She was so inspired by the horses and people that she became a part of their team. Learn more about ATBR's mission and the daily commitment needed to care… Read more »

Chiropractic Work On Your OTTB

June 21, 2012
Did you know that horses can have chiropractors––just like humans? Many ex-racehorses suffer from the residual effects of untreated injures. Here's how a visit from an equine chiropractor might help! My ex-racehorse Bahamut's first visit with an equine chiropractor While riding Bahamut, I could feel he was off in his… Read more »

Inside Horse Racing with Trainer and Author Glenn Thompson

June 8, 2012
Raina Paucar interviews Glenn Thompson, a Thoroughbred race horse trainer and author of the book “The Tradition of Cheating at the Sport of Kings.” In this very candid interview, Glenn discusses some of the controversial topics surrounding America’s Thoroughbred horse racing industry. Thoroughbred race horse trainer and author Glenn Thompson… Read more »