Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is spearheading the development of a new retirement facility for ex-racehorses. The new facility, Greener Pastures Equine Sanctuary, is a 130-acre farm on the Sassafras River near Cecilton, Md., which was donated by Doris Wear and her family.
Greener Pastures will be managed by a TCA appointed board. The board will oversee the farm's operation, including the application process. Long-range plans call for the development of an education center where the public can learn more about the care and handling of animals.
The focus of Greener Pastures will be to encourage and help facilitate adoptions in part by offering a cash incentive. Approved rescue groups would receive funds when a horse they placed at the facility is adopted. Another payment would be made a year later if the adoption remained intact and successful.
"Hopefully this program will encourage adoptions, follow-up and promote cooperation among various rescue and retirement organizations," said TCA president Herb Moelis.