A New Beginning for Retired Racehorses
OTTBs (Off-the-Track-Thoroughbreds) are a very special breed of horse. Most people have heard stories of the great ones, like Secretariat for example. The heart, soul, intelligence, loyalty, and athleticism of these horses is something to behold, and should be treasured.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Racehorses are started very young. If they do not have the speed or aptitude for racing, the OTTBs’ careers can be over as early as 2 to 4 years of age. Even if the horses do make it in racing, the longest they are usually able to race to is around the age of 8-9. Since horses can live to a ripe old age of 25-30, that leaves a lot of their life left for a retired racehorse. Many of these horses can find themselves in auctions or slaughter pens.
New Beginning Sporthorses Foundation is dedicated to taking too slow or retiring Thoroughbreds from the race track, caring for them as they let down from racing, and then re-educating and starting them. This includes giving them basic ground skills,
As they become comfortable and confident in their new career, NBS Foundation then finds a great new home for them to continue achieving their new-found OTTB career successes!
We are very fortunate to have the internationally known Deborah Rosen as head trainer for the Foundation. Not only does she bring her vast experience in working with and training young horses, but she has the same passion, dedication, and drive to give these horses an amazing start in their second careers!