Progress in Racehorse Retirement – Forbes

Over at, Teresa Genaro of Brooklyn Backstretch has written a piece about the uptick in racehorse retirement programs which have been initiated by the racing industry itself.

Despite being splintered into many pieces, run by state wagering boards and always in competition for each others’ breeders, racing dates, and betting dollars, the racing industry as a whole is still making tentative steps towards fixing its horrendous record in the retirement game. It’s no longer just up to the adoption charities to actively seek out the trainers at the track and ask them for their retirees. Now they’re actually putting some effort into it. Thank goodness!

The racing and breeding industries have a lot of work to do before we can say that every Thoroughbred that’s bred to race is assured of a safe home. But it’s no longer acceptable to pretend that aftercare isn’t an issue, no longer acceptable to decide not to care, not to be involved, and that prodigious culture shift is something to celebrate.

Amen! Thank goodness for organizations like Adena Springs, who have been retraining their own horses for some time, and paved the way for all the new programs that are popping up.

Go and read the article here:

Progress in Racehorse Retirement – Forbes.

And don’t forget to leave a comment. So that they know we’re watching them. 🙂



Filed under Media Coverage, Outside Sites, Retirement Options

6 responses to “Progress in Racehorse Retirement – Forbes

  1. I am in the midst of learning how incredible it is to own an ex-racehorse, so I am overjoyed to have seen so much progress this year towards making their futures brighter. Thanks for the article, what a great “sign of the times” for these amazing horses.

  2. Similar moves happening here in Australia.. with several retraining, re homing programs. .Despite the scaremonger information that is put out there by the ban jumps racing and anti racing activists, who are being sponsored by others (i.e. Peta etc) with their own agendas, the horses have an exceptionally comfortable life, being looked after by professionals who do love them & the majority of industry participants do their utmost to rehome them.

  3. Nice to see this in a widely magazine like Forbes. With 3 OTTB’s in various stages of retraining, I am amazed by their sensitivity each day I work with them. Such beautiful animals, bred for a single purpose, deserve to be given second chances when they’re done racing. I’m heartened to read articles like this.

  4. Thanks for the link! This is great news. I think I just scared Jessica at Spotty Horse News with my diatribe on horse slaughter:) This is exactly the kind of thing the racing industry needs to do to attract more people to the sport…and to attract experienced horse people into looking into adopting an OTTB. Imagine if, during Kentucky derby coverage, they had a 30 minute segment on TBs that have made a successful transition to riding horses? I think that would be HUGE!

  5. Sarah, you did not!! 🙂 And I LOVE your idea of a segment during the Derby. Hm. Who else is thinking video montages of our handsome boys?

    And Natalie, I linked and even got myself a Forbes login just so I could leave a comment.

    Good stuff! This is exactly what I was talking about–policing ourselves and fixing the problem from within.

  6. We’re watching. BOY, are we watching…

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