How To Adopt
Adopting an off the track Thoroughbred (OTTB) can be one of the most rewarding decisions you’ll make in your equestrian career. Depending on who you ask, the word “Thoroughbred” can carry with it a lot of preconceptions. To those that know them well, when we think of OTTBs we think of heart and stamina and athleticism unmatched, but also intelligence and work ethic.
Every time a horse is adopted from After the Races, another almost immediately comes in off our wait list. By choosing to adopt you save not just one but two lucky horses.
How To Adopt
If you are considering a new horse and are interested in building a rewarding relationship with one of these beautiful animals, here’s how our adoption process works.
1. Fill out an application. We require all interested potential adopters to fill out an application. Adopting off track Thoroughbreds is ideal for experienced, previous horse owners, and questions will be asked regarding experience and care of the horse.
2. Choosing a horse. Once tentatively approved, you can either move forward with adopting a horse (if doing so sight unseen), or set up an appointment to come meet horses in person and determine which (if any) will be suitable for you. Please understand you are not the only person interested in a specific horse. We do not hold horses until they are adopted or until they have a 10% non-refundable deposit on them to hold them for up to a week for the sole purpose of a pre-purchase exam. Horses will be shown to all approved adopters until one makes a commitment to the horse. Adopting “sight-unseen” is possible, though we highly recommend pre-purchase exams for those who cannot see the horse in person. We do not do trial periods. More on this can be found HERE.
3. Adoption fees and contract. To commit to adopting a horse, adoption paperwork must be filled out AND the adoption fee paid in full. Adoption fees vary. The adoption contract includes a No-Auction and Right of First Refusal agreement in exchange for full transfer of ownership. Foal papers may or may not be provided, depending on where the horse came from.
4. Transportation. Adopters have 7 days to move the horse from our location upon completion of the adoption process. A daily rate of $30 will be charged for every day the horse remains in our care beyond the first seven. This daily fee does not include training. Transportation is the responsibility of the adopter, though we can recommend some shippers.
5. Keep us updated! Once a horse has left to go to its new home, we expect to hear how it is adjusting and expect at least a couple updates during the first year, with photos, so that we can see how the horse is transitioning. This is the most rewarding part of our job!
6. Future restrictions. Horses adopted through After the Races cannot return to racing and cannot be sold via livestock or horse auctions. Other than that, we allow resale within the structure of our contract. However, we are not interested in working with anyone who has a short resale timeline. We want to see horses well trained and far enough along that they will have the best retention rate in the next home. Our First right of refusal requires us be put in contact with the buyer prior to the sale being completed so we can offer them the same safety net we offer our adopters for their horses.
Ready to look at our horses?
*Steve Berkowitz - 610-932-6800
Stacey Cordivano - 540-557-7877
Liz Klebe - 443-826-7231
Sports Medicine Associates of Chester County
*Steve is out of the same practice as our vet Dr. Adams but never sees our horses for anything other than PPEs.
Fairway Horse Transport - 352-642-5401
Jeff Lukens - 518-573-2899
Dorothy DiMouro - 413-358-2772
Joan Wolf - 215-206-4407
Karen Freer - 804-314-4052
Scott Norris - 910-315-7875
JR Hudson - 508-427-9333
4 Star Equine - 910-603-8293
Equine Express - 800-545-9098
Lake Horse Transport - 859-987-0284
Charles Vondra - 936-546-4140
Brent Daak Equine - 320-583-3678
Horse Carriage Transport - 352-406-3042
Brookledge Horse Transport - 610-987-6284
Sallee Horse Vans - 859-255-9406