We're only nine adoptions away from 200 horses finding new homes through TheHorse.com's Adoption Service for Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. Originally launched as a Thoroughbred service in November 2008, Standardbreds were recently added into the mix.
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.
So who will be lucky number 200?
How about Standardbred mare Another Super? The group caring for her describes her as big, sound, attractive mare who's ready to hit the trails. She raced twice as a 2-year-old before becoming a broodmare, but is now looking for a new career as a riding horse.
The woman who's transitioning her said: "This mare rides nice. She is sweet and loves attention. Super has excellent ground manners and hasn’t spooked at anything so far.” Use the link included in her TheHorse.com listing to find more info and photos.
In Florida there's a sound 13-year-old black Thoroughbred mare trained over fences and in dressage who's also looking for a home.
Her owner noted: "I want her to go to a home where she is used properly, not an ornament, not just a trail horse, and not a breeding machine." See her listing.
Need a kind mount for a novice rider? How about Big Bay? Located in Texas, his owner says: "I trust this horse with any level of rider. He is a good trail horse and come from a dressage background so he does a little of that too. He is easy to keep, stands tied, loves to be in your back pocket like a puppy dog." See the listing for this 17hh gentle giant.
These are just a few of the horses still available--there are 117 Thoroughbreds and 19 Standardbreds waiting to be your next horse.
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.
Read some success stories from TheHorse.com Adoption Service.
Disclaimer: Seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian before proceeding with any diagnosis, treatment, or therapy.