Racehorse Retraining & Adoptions

Racehorse Retraining & Adoptions

From Racing Hearts Equine- Racehorse Retraining and Adoptions

I started a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization called RACING HEARTS EQUINE. We retrain and provide adoptions for racehorses off the track so they are not sent to slaughter.

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7 months ago

Lady and Dolly arrived at the beginning of our cold season. it will be snowy, muddy and frozen for awhile. They are currently available for low cost adoption fee to homes that have racehorse retraining experience. In the meantime we are still asking for donations towards their feed. Feeding the horses is our biggest expense throughout the year. God Bless and thank you!

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My name is Megan.  I am founder of Racing Hearts Equine - a nonprofit dedicated to retraining off-track racehorses and finding them loving homes and new careers.  According to The Humane Society website, over 100,000 horses are sent to slaughter each year in the US. 

Starting a nonprofit organization is definitely the most passionate thing I've done in my life next to raising my children. It is also harder because, I didn't ask people to donate to raising my children but, now I am asking for donations for off-track racehorses. My pathway in life led me to become a voice for these magnificent horses that are unwanted, overlooked, thrown away, and killed for being a by-product of racing entertainment around the world. Our charity helps racehorses in our region which is Southwest United States and more specifically New Mexico race horses.

It is up to us and volunteers to make our time count and reach out to racehorses in our area. Our challenge is convincing others that our work being done saving racehorses is just as important as what the bigger nonprofits are doing. As I see it our smaller grassroots size is actually more effective with your donation dollars and can stretch them farther. At the start up level we are super passionate because we created this entity. We are hands on, doing the work because we do not have a huge following of volunteers. Our overhead is low because we do not buy ads, print brochures, offer gifts to donors, or throw "thank you parties". We are working for the betterment of racehorse lives day in and day out and don't have time or money to put towards commercializing our passion. Every dollar we receive counts and goes into the daily operations. We were hard at work with racehorses before we organized into a grassroots nonprofit and aren't just asking people to give to an idea. We are the living proof that there is a need and are making an impact in our region. We can make a bigger impact if people choose to support us over the Mega Charities.

Prior to 2017 I operated my own horse training business.  My work with off-track racehorses began when friends who breed Arabian Racehorses had too many horses that were no longer going to race.  The couple loved them because the horses had given their very best at the track and did not want to auction them where they might go to a kill pen.  The problem is that, racehorses are often considered "hard to handle" and ”too hot" for most people in the market looking for a new riding mount.  They are unwanted and not useful enough when they come off the track.  Many are discarded to be slaughtered.  

I offered to retrain and find my friend's horses new homes because I understood their situation and love for them.  I took a couple of horses home and worked with them.  Working with them was not difficult just different than other horses and there is a lot of baby steps involved.  They have the biggest hearts, no quit, and seek to be very light once they understand what that means.  They are also one of the most loyal horses I've seen once you gain their trust!  I made some videos after a few months and voila! They got adopted.  At first, I was paid a commission but after all the hours of training and feed, fuel & farrier expenses it really couldn't be about the money, but more about the meaning of what I was doing.  I felt so good knowing I helped a beautiful animal that no one wanted, transform into someone's riding companion.  I became addicted to this more fulfilling way of horse training.  After two years and 21 successful adoptions on my own time and money I decided I would try to take my program to another level.  

In 2019 I founded RACING HEARTS EQUINE and received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.  With my husband and close friend as directors, it is not just ME anymore, WE are a team dedicated to re-training and re-homing racehorses.  Now supporters of our program can make tax deductible donations to this cause.  Our program caters to the longevity and relevance of racehorses after they have performed for the public in the #1 equestrian sport in the world.  We hope to bring awareness to the atrocity of slaughter that happens to these wonderful animals when there is not an outlet for them after the track.   Donations to this program will give more racehorses a second chance at life.

 Once a racehorse arrives, its training is specific and tailored to help build trust and confidence in new people and their environment.  We teach the horse to be social, well mannered, calm, and respectful.  The second part of training is footwork to help the horse know how to use their body and feet, so they can pursue more in-depth training later in other riding disciplines.  There are several maneuvers the horse learns that show they are a good candidate for other careers.  

When someone sends me a progress video or picture with a horse they adopted from us, I am elated that they are happy enough to let me know.  That's when I know I've made a difference for racehorses.

We offer low cost adoptions to the public.  People are willing to spend tons of money on their horse once they get it; just like getting a really nice car.  It's the sticker price that makes horses unattainable to many.  All racehorses are registered and have the best breeding because of their sport.  They are the sports car of the horse world.  We make it possible for people to get a sports car at the price of an economy car.  Because of the training videos posted for each horse, adopters know they are getting a great athlete that will be able to compete at the top level.  

Vetting is very important.  Each horse is treated like family once it arrives.  Just like we would not send our children to a harmful situation with a bad human, neither would we allow it for the horses.  There is an application and interview when someone wants to adopt a particular horse.  When it comes to the horses, we are very good at vetting a potential adopter and have never had an unhappy customer or mistreated horse.  

If you have read our story this far, these are the reasons why our racehorse adoptions have been successful in the past and why this program can go to another level in the future and help more racehorses.  Recently out of the blue, a catalyst developed that fueled the idea to start a fundraising campaign. 

Recently, an ex-racehorse training facility has been offered to us for this program!  In the past, we were only able to take two horses at a time for training.  Now, at the new location there are 10 stalls available and all the necessary training space to help many more horses!  We are raising the funds to fill the hay barn, get feeders, and equipment to keep the stalls filled with racehorses needing to find new homes and careers. The average time a horse is in retraining is 90 days to 6 months depending on the horse.  And even some are adopted by other trainers as soon as they arrive.  Having so many stalls to receive horses will double or even triple our impact on the number of horses saved from slaughter each year.  

Our racehorse adoptions impact the local community.  We hope to teach others about working with racehorses and pass our knowledge on.  With more horses to retrain we will be able to offer classes on horse care, handling, training, and riding.  People that participate in our classes will be given the chance to learn about and work with racehorses through volunteer work.  It is a win win situation that reaches into our community and has a lasting effect on people's lives.  Having these skills can help people get jobs or create their own business in the horse industry.

Thank you for reading, and considering giving to our small but effective nonprofit. God Bless!

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile" - Albert Einstein

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Racing Hearts Equine- Racehorse Retraining and Adoptions posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #3

Lady and Dolly arrived at the beginning of our cold season. it will be snowy, muddy and frozen for awhile. They are currently available for low cost adoption fee to homes that have racehorse retraining experience. In the meantime we are still asking for donations towards their feed. Feeding the horses is our biggest expense throughout the year. God Bless and thank you!

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Racing Hearts Equine- Racehorse Retraining and Adoptions posted a new update:
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Update #2

Giving Tuesday is approaching on Dec. 2. Please remember the little nonprofits out there like RACING HEARTS EQUINE before you automatically click on a Mega Charity donation button. Us little nonprofits are making a difference in our local communities and regions. We do not have enough funds to pay for commercials , magazine ads, or brochures. Please consider clicking on our Donation Button this year!

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Racing Hearts Equine- Racehorse Retraining and Adoptions posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #1

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