|EMAIL US DIRECTLY BY CLICKING HERE|
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Intake Procedures and Our Horses
What Kind of Horses Are in Your Program?
Horse racing can be a thrilling sport! Watching the prime athletes of the horse world stand tall with pricked ears, listening to the many sounds around them, a starting gate, the call of a race, but only one horse in the field will win or place. As thoroughbreds are bred and born mainly for racing, many often aren't cut out for it. But what can they do? Thoroughbreds can do many, many other things! Many thoroughbreds who aren't cut out for racing, or simply are finished their racing days and need an easy retirement are often family or pleasure horses. Young horses may not have the talent to be a track star, but can model in the hunter ring. They may not be fast enough on the track turn, but they are fast enough to turn in the jumper ring and jump high fences.
Some just need a place to go to rest and heal before they find their career path. But what of injured horses? Many horses who need a rest from racing find great homes! Many horses have recovered well and found homes as steady trail mounts, show horses, police horses, fancy dressage horses, polo horses and more! We accept all retired thoroughbreds of all colors and sizes into our program.
Why don't trainers just sell their horses directly off the track?
As most trainers will and can sell their horses directly, most of these horses are talented upper level prospects that are often purchased by elite sport horse homes. However, at times this is also not the case. Many trainers can become wary of buyers with "good intentions", especially if a horse is offered for a low amount of money and may need a bit of downtime or may be restricted in a career. Because we screen our applicants thoroughly, trainers and owners trust us to fully care, rehabilitate and re-home their horses safely. Many trainers return to our program with more horses and can breathe easy knowing their horses are safe. Often, trainers are connected with their horses new owners and receive updates from the horse's new home.
What are your procedures once a horse arrives?
As each horse has different needs at our facility, we provide a custom program for each horse. Generally, a sound horse is brought to us where they will be allowed up to 5 days of private turn out before being introduced to their new herd, where they can spend an additional two weeks becoming acclimated to our program. Each horse must be accompanied by a current coggins, flu/rhino and for out of state horses, a currently health certificate within 14 days. These horses are brought in for feedings, grooming, taught cross ties and will also engage in basic ground work. Every horse that enters our program may receive immediate farrier care, vaccinations, de-worming and placed on a custom nutrition plan.
Horses in rehabilitative care are assessed by our veterinarians for the best course of plan for their stay. As many do require stall rest, some are allowed to be hand walked, grazed and at times may be turned out quietly in a small round pen as they are assessed further.
Each horse is jogged and assessed each day for soundness, mental temperament and eventually when they are ready, a riding assessment. These assessments help us determine what type of home the horse is suitable for. Once a horse starts their training with us and we assess which career path would be best for the horse, we work diligently to find that horse the very best home possible. Many of our horses attend shows, clinics and events- so the horse you are getting is well on their way to knowing their job!
How do you screen people who are interested in your horses?
Applicants may fill out an adoption application located at this link: APPLICATION
Once this application is submitted, we start the screening process, We gauge your experience with horses, your facility (either owned or boarded), if you are working with a trainer or will be able to handle training yourself, as well as contacting your references. We do screen an animal cruelty database as well. Applicants are also assessed speaking with us over the phone as well as meeting and interacting with the horse in person.
I am a trainer/owner at a track, am I able to send my horse to you directly?
Yes! Trainers may contact us if they wish to enlist a horse with us. We are close to Parx Racing, Delaware Park, Monmouth Park, Pimlico and Laurel. Trainers are responsible for shipping their horses to our facility. Colts must be castrated, with the financial responsibility of the owner or trainer. Horses with injuries or soundness issues must be accompanied by an intake fee, which will help us provide your horse medical assessments, treatment, nutrition and more. Your horse will stay with us for as long as it takes to find them a proper home.
What happens when I turn my horse in? May I visit my horse once they are turned into your program?
Owners whose horses who are turned into our program must complete a en enlistment form as well as a contract. This contract relinquishes ownership of the horse to our program, but relieves you of financial responsibility. You are most welcome to come visit your horse at any time! You may groom and feed treats to your horse. We will do our very best to keep each person updated on the horse they have turned into our program, including informing them where their horse has been placed and often connecting new owners with their horses old owners!
I am an owner of an OTTB and really need to re-home my horse quickly. Can you help?
We understand that many people have life changes. Horses who are already off the track and with their own person can often be caught in the middle. Sadly, many horses we encounter at auctions or slaughter pens either ended up there because their owners gave them away seemingly to people with "good intentions" because they could no longer support their horse due to loss of employment, relocating due to a job, health issues, etc. If you feel that you can no longer care for your horse, your horse may be donated or turned into our program. We will find your horse a properly screened home.
What if someone can't keep the horse I gave to you anymore?
VERY SIMPLE. We accept ALL OUR HORSES BACK. NO questions asked. If your horse is not working out or you cannot support a horse adopted from us, simply give us a call and your horse is welcome back to us at any time where we will find them a suitable home.
How Do You Train The Horses in Your Program?
We use a natural style of training for all horses in our program, which includes extensive ground work. Horses restarted under saddle are trained slowly and never forced. They often work at their own pace and will often let us know when they are ready to advance.
Our horses learn to be confident horses and are often able to be ridden by amateurs and non-competitive riders. Horses in our program learn to become traffic safe, cross bridges, water and approach obstacles. Some learn to open gates, mount and dismount on and off the ground, hack alone and can ride leisurely cross country. They learn to load and trailer quietly. Most horses are shown, trail ridden or competed twice monthly.
We train our horses for the following:
Donating and Volunteering
How can I help your organization?
There are MANY ways to help us!
I'd love to volunteer! Do I need experience?
As most of our horses are quiet and gentle, some of our horses require just a bit more experience. We require handlers to have a fair amount of horse experience. However, we are willing to teach as well. Volunteers can help with tasks such as giving hay, filling water buckets, grooming, organizing horse items (folding blankets, wrapping wraps, etc).
I'd like to donate towards your organization, what is the best way to do that?
Donated hay and grain is appreciated. You may contact the Brandywine Ace Pet and Farm store near our farm and arrange a donation. We can either pick these items up or BAPF will drop them off at no cost to us.
The number to our feed store is 610-793-3080.
Please ask for ED MALLARD and be sure to tell him you are donating towards TRRAC at Maui Meadow Farm.
Monetary donations are also greatly accepted. Each dollar of each donation is applied directly towards the care of our horses. This includes vet exams, dental work, farrier work, feed, hay or items needed by horses.
Lastly, you may also donate towards our veterinary bills. You may call New Bolton Center at 610-444-5800 and forward your call to the billing business office. Please ask them to apply payment to TRRAC- C/O "Nina Lyman"
I have some items I'd like to donate, can I drop them off?
Physical donations may either be mailed or dropped off. We ask that any supplements or feed not be expired.
Our physical drop off and mailing address is:
1799 Pocopson Road
West Chester, PA 19382.
Please call ahead if you wish to drop an item off.
Are my donations tax deductible?
YES! Please feel free to e-mail us if you would like a receipt!
I am a rider and would like to assist with training, do you allow riders to volunteer?
Experienced riders may also donate their time towards training our retired race horses. Riders are often rewarded with professional guidance, lessons and training as well as offered the chance to show, compete and school our horses.
Each rider will need to complete one ride as a "rider's test" to assess your ability riding and handling a horse.
I want to volunteer, but have no horse experience. Can I still help?
If you aren't comfortable handling horses or wish to apply volunteering in other areas, we can always use someone in our office! Following up by contacting owners who have adopted horses, completing paper work and helping us prepare for events is a great way to help us and is very appreciated! (We spend WAY too much time in the barn!)
Adopting and Acquiring Our Horses
Can I try a horse on your farm?
Most certainly! As long as your riding skill level is appropriate to the horse you are riding. We reserve the right to deny anyone trying a horse if their skill level proves unsuitable. Riding times may not exceed 30 minutes. Horses may not be tried above their training or jumping level.
Can my trainer come with me?
Yes. We welcome trainers to accompany you when trying or visiting a horse you are interested in. Trainers may give guidance, but are not permitted to give a lesson while you are riding.
Can I take a horse on trial?
At this time, we do not allow trials on any of our horses.
I trail ride, is there a way to try my horse on the trails?
Yes! Our farm is connected to 40 acres of trails which includes crossing water, hills and straight gallops. Trail rides may take up to one hour, so please plan for a suitable time.
Can I conduct a pre-purchase exam?
We certainly welcome a pre-purchase exam on any horse you may be interested in. We will fully disclose any soundness issues we may be aware of, however- your veterinarian may view x-rays, obtain more as well as conduct a full pre-purchase exam. For exams exceeding more than one hour, you will be responsible to provide assistance for your vet.
I really like a horse you have! Can you hold him/her until I can visit?
We do not hold horses for anyone unless a 20% non-refundable deposit is placed on the horse. Please be absolutely sure you wish to acquire that particular horse. Your deposit holds your horse for five days to come try your horse and allows for a pre-purchase if requested. If you have visited and tried your horse, we do not hold horses after your visit unless you place a deposit on your horse. This makes it fair for the horse to find a suitable home if other parties are interested. Once a deposit is placed, a horse is listed as "on hold" on our website and no other person may inquire.
My horse isn't working out/I can't keep my horse anymore, what do I do?
Please call us as soon as possible if your horse is not working out. often, it may be a training issue that we can help you with. If you absolutely cannot or do not want to keep your horse anymore, you may schedule for your horse to be returned to us at any time.
I had a sale offer on my horse, what do I do?
Our program must be offered a first right of refusal. If we decline, a transfer contract MUST be completed between you and the new owner. This allows us to update our information on adopted horses as well as renew a no auction/slaughter contract with the new owners. It also allows us to keep in contact with the new owners, just in case for some reason the horse must return to our program.