Looking for a last minute gift for the thoroughbred lover in your life? It would be a little logistically challenging to wrap up an actual OTTB (not that it can’t be done), but we’ve found the perfect solution with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s horse sponsorship program!
The sponsorship program helps retired racehorses who are unsuitable for adoption to live out their lives in with lifelong care at a TRF farm. Sponsorships are easy to gift and the recipient will get a personalized packet with information on the chosen horse. They’ll additionally receive updates and photos throughout the year plus the chance to meet the horse in person.
If you happen to be shopping for yourself, or maybe you are particularly good at horse-wrapping, here are three OTTBs looking for a new home for the holidays:
Here’s a nice flashy prospect for the chestnut-with-chrome lovers out there! Fidelius was a fairly competitive racehorse for a while, earning over $74,000 in 28 starts, but his connections can tell he’s been losing interest in it and is ready to find a new sport. His exercise rider can attest that he’s a smart guy who really bonds to his person and he’s a favorite of hers so a good home is a must! Fidelius is sound with no vices, but could benefit from some turnout time to help him adjust to life off the track.
This pretty filly retired soundly from the track in October after not showing much promise as a racehorse. She’s since been living large out in full turnout with a group of other mares. She seems to be a sweet young mare who gets along with anyone in the herd. Though she’s been off the track for a bit, she’s had no further retraining yet and remains RRP eligible!
Artistic Venture is a very large, very athletic horse with 68 starts in his racing career. At over 17 hands high he is understandably a lot of horse to handle, despite being well-mannered both in-hand and under saddle. Artistic Venture has been lightly started under saddle off the track and though he’s a more mature OTTB, he’s still very green to life as a riding horses and will need someone experienced to bring him along.