Success stories on TheHorse.com's Adoption Service for Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds climbed steadily toward number 200, but as we waited to declare reaching the benchmark of our 200th adoption, we got a surprise--horses 200 and 201 both found new homes this week!
Thoroughbreds Another Bear and Pointer were listed by Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Maryland working with Leighton Farm and Thoroughbred horsemen to place retiring racehorses.
Kimberly Clark of Leighton Farm said the horses' trainer received multiple inquiries about both geldings, enabling them to be matched with the best possible homes.
First launched in November 2008, TheHorse.com's adoption 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. The service is free to all who use it, both those offering a horse and those seeking a pleasure or companion horse.
There are currently 116 Thoroughbreds and 20 Standardbreds offered free to good homes.
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.
Gainesway Farm sponsors the Thoroughbred listing, while the U.S. Trotting Association sponsors the Standardbreds.
Pointer found a new home through TheHorse.com's Adoption Service.
Read some success stories from TheHorse.com Adoption Service.
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