Policies and FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is transportation my responsibility?

A. In most cases, yes, however, you will need to contact the specific organization that is featuring the horse. For a list of transporters, please visit the National Horse Carriers Association’s website:
Q. Does the entire adoption fee have to be paid at once?
A. Generally, yes, the fee needs to be paid before the horse leaves the organization’s care. However, different payment schedules can be agreed upon.
Q. What payment types are accepted?
A. We ask for a cashier’s check, money order or cash.
Q. Can I have a vet check a horse over before I adopt?
A. YES! But please contact the TRF before making arrangements so we can be there and have the horse up when the vet arrives. You, the potential adopter, are responsible for this expense.  
Q. Why do you only feature Thoroughbreds?
A. Many of the people involved with retirement organizations have some past involvement in Thoroughbred racing and feel an obligation to assist the breed the not only love, but the breed that helped them earn a living. There are rescue organizations for many other breeds as well.  Please visit www.equineerscue.com for a list of various equine rescues, categorized by state.
Q. What happens to Thoroughbreds after their racing career?
A. The more talented Thoroughbreds are retired to breeding farms. Geldings or horses that were not talented enough to be bred are sometimes kept by an owner willing to undertake the obligation of continuing to provide for them. Still others may leave the track and go directly to a riding stable. Unfortunately, numerous retirees each year have few options and ar therefore subject to abuse, neglect, and slaughter for human consumption. Retirement organizations have been able to rescue thousands of horses from this plight.
Q. How old are Thoroughbreds when they stop racing?

A. Thoroughbreds typically begin their racing careers at age two and remain racing from anywhere between the ages of 2 and 10 depending on how they do, soundness and racing form.
Q. How long do Thoroughbreds Live?
A. The average age for a Thoroughbred is 25-28. However, given proper care and a good home, they can live past the ripe old age of 30!
Q. How big are Thoroughbreds?
A. The breed ranges in weight from approximately 800lbs to 1200lbs. Horses are measured for height in hands, a hand being equivalent to four inches. Thoroughbreds typically range from 15-17hands.

Q. Are older horses available?
A. Yes, among the various organizations there are horses ranging all the way up to age 30+! There are many older horses that are not rideable who need loving, forever homes, too!
Q. What colors are Thoroughbreds?
A. Thoroughbreds come in several different colors and with several different possible markings. They come in bay, chestnut, black, brown and grey. They may have a stripe, blaze, star, snip, socks, stockings or any combination of these.  
Q. Are Thoroughbreds good “kid” or beginner horses?
A. They can be. Like other breeds, horses are individuals and have different dispositions.
Q. Can I foster a horse from the MMSC?
A. Usually not. All the horses at the MMSC stay here for training and are adopted out, please contact the TRF if you are interested in fostering.
Q. I am not a college student but would like to be an intern, can I apply?
A. Unfortunately, you cannot. We would LOVE to have you come and volunteer.
Q. Can I volunteer to ride?
A. You can volunteer but not specifically to ride. We do not ask a lot of our volunteers to ride our horses because they are on a strict retraining program. If you work hard and ride decently, we will reward you with riding. Some of our volunteers who are out several times a week may be assigned to a specific horse.
Q. Why are some of the adoption fees higher than other rescues?
A. The TRF gives that horse a forever home and his fee goes towards his and his buddies continued care, should he ever be returned. We also get in very sound, pretty horses and put them through an individualized training program so you are getting a very broke, fun horse to be around. The adoption fees also allow us to bring in and retrain more horses.  
Q. Can I breed my TRF mare?
A. No. TRF mares CANNOT be bred, no exceptions.

Q. Can the TRF officially transfer ownership to me?

A. NO. When the horse is surrendered to the TRF, the past owner agrees that the TRF will be the only and final owner of the horse. However, for USEF or other recording purposes, you own your horse. This ensures lifelong safety of that horse.

More questions? Contact us!

Saratoga Office

P.O. Box 834
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 226-0028
(518) 226-0699 fax