Make Your Next Horse a Retired Racehorse!

Both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds can be successful show or pleasure mounts beyond the track. With proper training there are no limits to what these horses can do. Many have excelled in hunter/jumpers, dressage, eventing, competitive trail riding, foxhunting, 4H, barrel racing, carriage driving, pleasure riding, and as broodmares. These highly athletic and intelligent horses have a lot to offer individuals that take the time to teach them.

#1 Submit an Application

Experienced, previous horse owners may submit an application online by clicking the link below, or by mail or fax. Questions are asked concerning experience and stabling. Veterinarian and personal references are required. Applicants must be approved prior to visiting any of the facilities.


#2 Approval

Processing time often depends on accessibility of references. Applicants should notify references that they will be contacted. Applicants are notified of status via email or other designated means.

#3 Choosing a Horse

Available horses are listed on the website complete with multiple photographs, riding video(s), and a detailed description. Approved adopters can make an appointment to view the horses or make a commitment sight unseen based on website information and a phone/email interview with the New Vocations trainer on staff. Adopters who work with trainers are encouraged to include them in the selection process.

#4 Adoption Fees

Adoption fees average $450, ranging between $0-$1000 depending on the age and physical limitations of the horse. Fees are waived on companion horses, the aged and those facing long rehabilitation.

Horses with higher adoption fees (typically horses that are highly desirable will have an added non-refundable donation along with the adoption fee) help those horses who may need extensive medical care or just more time to find a loving home.


#5 Adoption Contract

The adoption contract is for one year. In the event a horse is determined by the adopter to be unsuitable within sixty days following the receipt of physical possession of the horse, the adopter may return the horse to New Vocations in exchange for a credit equal to the adoption fee. Provided, however, that New Vocations shall be entitled to retake possession of the adopted horse without granting a credit to the adopter in the event the horse’s physical condition has changed while in the possession of the adopter. In either case the adopter is responsible for providing transportation for the horse to return to the program.

If the horse will be kept at a boarding facility, the owner of that facility will need to fill out the boarding agreement.

AFTER ONE YEAR, the adopted horse may change hands, contingent upon the fulfillment of the following three conditions:  1) that all three updates have been confirmed received;2)  New Vocations has been given the Right of First Refusal; 3) and the Third Party Bill of Sale  (below) has been completed and sent to, or faxed to: 614-448-9440,  or post mailed to 719 Dolan Lane, Lexington KY 40511.












#6 Transportation

Once a commitment is made the adopter has seven days grace to move the horse. A daily rate is charged for board beyond this grace period.  A Health Certificate is required by law for horses that are shipping with a commercial hauler and would be crossing state lines.  Health Certificates range $30-$50 depending upon facility location.  


#7 Updates

Adopters are required by contract to send three written updates with clear photos during the first year at the 3rd, 6th, and 12th month from the date of the adoption. This helps New Vocations monitor the horse’s condition and progress. Copies are sent to donors to assure them of a successful transition and may be posted on the New Vocations Success Stories page.



#8  Sell/Rehome/Return

1) AFTER ONE YEAR, the adopted horse may change hands, contingent upon the fulfillment of the following three conditions: 

  1.  all three updates have been confirmed received  
  2. New Vocations has been given the Right of First Refusal
  3.  the Third Party Bill of Sale  (above under #5) has been completed and sent to, or faxed to: 614-448-9440,  or post mailed to 719 Dolan Lane, Lexington KY 40511.

2) Return: New Vocations will always provide assistance in either returning the horse to the program or networking to place the horse in a suitable home.

 1. RE-ADOPTION FROM CURRENT LOCATION: We can immediately place your horse on our Available Graduates Page for re-adoption.  Putting a horse on the Grads Page is the same as returning it to the program, except that it is adopted from the current owner’s location.  We will screen potential adopters (via the adoption application), market your horse and direct approved adopters we believe a suitable match your way, to further discuss your horse with them.  This can be a quicker solution than waiting for a stall at one of our facilities, cheaper as you do not need to pay for shipping and keeps our stalls available to horses in dire need to be retired from the track and have a safe place to go.  You also have direct contact with potential new adopters and input in where and to whom your horse goes. 

In order create the online profile, we would need ( email to

  • Signed Return Policy (above under #5)
  • Plenty of nice quality photos, conformation and undersaddle.  Videos also really help draw interest. 
  • A paragraph or two description:  personality traits, strengths/weaknesses, what would be a suitable home/rider, what training has consisted of, etc. 
  • We also need a good contact email and/or phone number for you, so those interested can contact you for questions, as you know your horse best.
  • Horse Height and City, State where horse is located.

 2. RETURN TO PROGRAM: If your horse has been posted on the Graduates Page but truly needs to come back into one of our training facilities, we can place it on our Incoming Waitlist.  Please complete the  RETURN POLICY  (above under #5) to add your horse to the list.  The wait on the list is usually 4-6 weeks depending on adoption rates, pick up rates and list length.  We will contact you when we have a stall available and arranging transportation is then your responsibility