Safe Passage Program Offers Retiring Standardbred Racehorses Safe Place To Land

by | 04.26.2019 | 9:40am

A new program called Safe Passage has been started by Starting Gaits Standardbred Transition Program in Arcanum, Ohio. The program was created to help Standardbred racehorse owners ensure their horse has a safe place to land after it retires from racing.

Starting Gaits was founded in 2013; it has placed more than 600 Standardbreds into new careers by providing rehabilitation (if needed) and transitional retraining under saddle. The horses are then adopted into homes with an adoption contract in place.

The incentive for the program arose when Starting Gaits was contacted to take a horse from New York, but the owner was unable to pay for the shipping to get the horse to Ohio. A few New York horseman rallied and cared for the horse until shipping arrangements to Ohio could be made. The horse arrived at Starting Gaits less than a week later.

Starting Gaits Safe Passage horsemen, who are affiliated with the program, will take immediate possession of the horse from any track and care for it until the horse can be transported to the Ohio farm.

The program is restricted to horses that are currently racing and that are 14 years old and younger; other Standardbreds will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All horses entering the program must be in good health.

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