Banker's Gamble

An off-the-track Thoroughbred begins a new career in Dressage. Photo courtesy of LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society.

Adopting a horse who is in need of a home can be a rewarding and exciting experience, but it’s important not to rush into horse ownership.

If you are thinking about adopting a horse in need of a home, either privately or through an established rescue or re-homing organization, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I prepared for the hard work that comes with horse ownership?
  • Do I have the financial resources to maintain a horse?
  • Do I have a suitable place to house a horse?
  • Do I have access to the resources I need to properly care for a horse, especially one with special physical needs?
  • Do I have enough horse experience to safely handle and care for a horse?
  • Am I willing to commit to giving a horse a “forever” home or finding suitable care for it if I’m no longer able to look after it?

If adopting a horse is a commitment you are ready to take on, Ontario Equestrian Federation is here to provide you with information and resources to assist you.

Find a Rescue/Adoption Agency

Life Beyond the Track: What you need to know about adopting a Thoroughbred or Standardbred.

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