In a little more than a year, 225 Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds have found new homes via their free listings on TheHorse.com's adoption service.
The service is a bulletin board on which owners can list any Thoroughbred or Standardbred offered for free to a good home. It also features resources on horse adoption. Interested individuals contact the horses' owner directly. Gainesway Farm sponsors the Thoroughbred listing, while the U.S. Trotting Association sponsors the Standardbreds.
More than 150 horses are currently available, including experienced show horses, new prospects, and pasture pals.
For example, take a second look at Phunny, a 2002 Thoroughbred gelding. Now healed from a fractured sesamoid, his vet has approved him for dressage and low jumping. His owner writes: "He is very quiet and kind to ride. After being off since May, he let me climb on him from a bucket and did everything I asked. If I pretended to lose my balance he would stop and I had to thump him to keep him going. Suitable for a novice or lessons."
Or how about Angel, a sound, athletic Thoroughbred mare who's been schooled in eventing?
Prefer a Standardbred? Check out Take Me For Granted, a 1999 mare who's learning to be a pleasure mount after raising six babies. Comments about her include: "This mare is more forward than the middle-aged matrons. She has a good attitude and enjoys having a job."
We recommend anyone giving away a horse, whether to a private individual or a welfare/rescue organization, learn as much as possible about that person or group prior to giving the horse away. The article "Horse Rescue Organizations: Questions to Ask" offers some tips on making sure the person or group who takes your horse has good intentions.
Disclaimer: Seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian before proceeding with any diagnosis, treatment, or therapy.