Thoroughbred Adoption Network features adoptable ex-racehorses of every level of training and discipline, from performance OTTB’s to companion horses. Use our advanced search options to find your perfect horse, or browse our listings in a particular category.
Easton’s Rocket aka “Rocky”, a late foal of 2012, started his racing career as a two year old and failed to break his maiden in four races. So his owner’s opted to sell him. Luckily someone saw his true potential.
We spoke with his owner Pam Landis about Rocky and thoroughbreds in general. Landis has been riding and showing thoroughbreds her entire life. She buys ex-racehorses and retrains them for sale. She is in this business to fix the perspective that Thoroughbreds can and have been as successful as warmbloods in the horse show world. Landis got involved with racehorses when she obtained her PA trainers license over 17 years ago. She is also a Registered USEF hunter and jumper judge. She has witnessed the change from the thoroughbred show horse to the warmbloods that now dominate the show circuit.
You are ready to find your perfect horse which undoubtedly will be a Thoroughbred. You may be wondering about how to navigate the process and all the options out there. Do you buy a horse from the track or a trainer? Would it be possible to adopt a Thoroughbred that would meet your needs? Where do you start your search and what are you likely to encounter on the way?
Here at the Thoroughbred Adoption Network, we can help. We are starting a series of posts and webinars to help answer your questions and give you the information you need to make good decisions without wasting time or money.
IS THIS THOROUGHBRED FOR ME?
A good way to approach the process is to ask yourself these questions and be prepared to answer them for the organization or trainer who has the horse(s) in which you are interested:
- What are your goals? Trail riding? Alone? Hacking with company? Fox hunting? Showing? Eventing? At what level?
- How much time you will have to commit to an off-track thoroughbred and the training process?
- Do you need a horse that is completely trained and just needs to get used to you? Or, are okay with a diamond in the rough that will need training? Will you do the training or hire a trainer?
- Will you keep the horse at your home/farm or board him or her?
- Will you be the only rider?
- What is your experience level? How long have you been actively riding? What types of horses? Have you already ridden at the level you would like to achieve with your new horse?
- Do you have the money it will take to comfortably keep your horse, train your horse and deal with emergencies that may occur?
- Thoroughbreds really need company. They need other horses and do better with daily human interaction. Are you ready for that or have you planned for that?
- Shipping costs average $1.25-$2.00 a loaded mile. Do you have a shipper? Do you need our help to find a good shipper?
Below is a link to a good article about general characteristics to look for and avoid. We’ll see you next week or anytime you want to browse the horses listed here for adoption. Or feel free to call or email us if you have questions.
PLANNING FOR SUCCESS
Ground work and training:
Because thoroughbreds are smart and curious and conditioned to be around their humans, off-track thoroughbreds are most successful partners to people who have the time to do ground work and spend time working with their horses in a variety of ways. To be continued…
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Before you decide, review our document: "What's Adopting a Thoroughbred About? FAQ's"