Founded in 1983, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is the largest equine sanctuary in the world devoted to the rescue, retirement, rehabilitation and retraining of Thoroughbred racehorses no longer able to compete on the track. Over 4,000 horses have come through our programs and we currently care for hundreds of horses at over 20 facilities nationwide. More than 1,000 Thoroughbreds have been adopted out to loving homes. At re-training farms, we prepare racehorses for adoption as riding and companion horses. At correctional facilities, inmates build life skills while participating in a vocational training program as they provide supervised care to our retired horses.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation offers a humane alternative to the dire possibilities that have long faced a great majority of ex-racehorses – neglect, abuse and slaughter. It is a place built on love and caring that is befitting such noble and deserving animals. As a registered 501(C)(3) organization, the TRF receives no public funding and is entirely dependent on the generosity of private individuals.