Personal Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age – if younger, a parent must be added to application and sign the Adoption Contract to adopt
  • Meet a minimum salary requirement
  • Live within the continental United States (48 contiguous states) – we do not adopt to Hawaii, Alaska nor any foreign country including Canada
  • Have owned a horse before (exception can be made if applicant has sufficient horse experience, case by case basis)
  • If a mare is wanted for breeding purposes, must have prior experience w/ foaling (Thoroughbreds only; Standardbreds are strictly excluded from breeding per STA accreditation requirements)
  • Must be working with a trainer/riding instructor if a beginner or intermediate rider
  • Must have at least 2 non-family personal references that are aware of horse experience and that have been to facility
  • Must have a vet reference that has been to the facility within the last year (if not, then farm call should be requested of applicant)

    ***A Boarding facility’s regular vet does not necessarily need to have applicant as a current client***


Facility Requirements


  • If own farm (private facility) – must have at least 1 acre per horse
  • If boarding facility – must have at least ½ acre per horse


Stall Size

  • At least 10 x 12
  • Depending on what part of the country the applicant is located in, a stall may be REQUIRED.  
  • For Thoroughbreds: horse must have access to a stall or way to feed and care for the horse away from other horses.
  • For a facility with no stalls to be approved, there must have access to adequate shelter, large enough to accommodate all horses housed together, not just adopted horse, i.e. run-in for 2 horses should be at least 12 x 24, 3 horses should be 12 x 36 and so on. 
  • All horses must have access to adequate shelter based on the geographic location of the facility, i.e in hot/humid climates a stall, shelter or shade must be accessible. 


Acceptable Fencing

  • Wood/vinyl rail/ split rail – at least 2 rails high
  • Woven wire/ horse fence/ no-climb fence/ mesh fence/ field fence, etc.
  • Electric tape/ braided rope/ coated wire (highly visible) – at least 3 strands high
  • Barbed wire is only acceptable at the top (1 strand) to prevent leaning


NEW FOR 2019! 

Since its inception, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has focused on adopting horses to individuals living in the East Coast and Midwestern states. This policy was put in place for many reasons, including the ability to organize affordable and timely transportation, as well as the ease of tracking the horses once they are adopted. With horses at maximum 12 hours from our locations, it was always a possibility to pick up a horse that was in trouble.

New Vocations is celebrating its 27th anniversary in 2019. In the past nearly three decades, we have fostered relationships with an extensive network of equine advocates and now feel confident in our ability to ensure the care of horses as far away as California. In addition, shipping options have multiplied, allowing for horses to easily be transported cross-country. For both of these reasons, and at the continual request from quality horse owners, New Vocations is excited to open our adoption area to all 48 contiguous states.

There will be several things to note for those adopters living in the Western states:

  • Potential adopters who are able to organize shipping from our facility within one (1) week will be given priority over those who must wait longer than 7 days arrange transportation from our farm. This policy is in place because there is an ongoing wait list of horses needing to come in to one of the New Vocations facilities. New horses can only enter our program once a horse is adopted and leaves for his new home. Typically, adopters who are located closer to the facility they are adopting from are able to organize shipping more quickly, freeing a stall for horses on the wait list more rapidly.
  • Horses needing to ship over 1,000 miles will be required to be shipped in a box stall. The shipping company and route taken will need to be approved prior to finalizing the trip. Shipping long distance is very stressful to a horse and having a box stall will ensure he remains comfortable. We have also found that shipping companies vary greatly in routes and care of horses while shipping. We take great pride in our horses and the fact that their previous owners have entrusted them to our care; we want to do everything we can to ensure that the horses are shipped safely and arrive in good condition to their new homes.
  • The majority of our horses have been bred and raised in the Eastern and Midwest states. They are very accustomed to the fencing and terrain in those areas. We understand that many facilities in the West have different fencing and landscape than what these horses are used to.  We will keep these differences in mind when reviewing applications, and may ask for photos and additional information to ensure that our horses will thrive in their new environment.