Rob Hinkle, President and CEO of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has issued an urgent plea to horse lovers and farm owners throughout the United States to participate in the TRF Foster Care program.
Under that program, a pasture-sound horse presently residing at one of TRF’s 30 Satellite farms will be moved to a foster farm for board and daily care. TRF will reimburse the farm monthly for vet and farrier services, if requested. TRF is seeking 100 farms to take two and five horses for a minimum of one year.
“The Foster Care plea is an emergency measure to help TRF meet the mounting costs of caring for our herd,” says Hinkle. “Like thousands of other non-profit organizations throughout the country, TRF has been adversely affected by the downturn in the economy. Drought and flood conditions have contributed to the rising costs and shortages of hay and feed, and we are coming into winter.”
For these and other reasons, Hinkle said TRF needs to increase donations and? reduce herd costs by immediately placing 200 to 300 horses in foster care.
“TRF has saved thousands of Thoroughbreds from neglect and slaughter over the last 30 years, and currently supports and cares for more than 1,100 retired racehorses at 30 satellite farms, including nine of its correctional facility farm programs. Simultaneous with TRF?s implementing of the Foster Care program, TRF is accelerating its adoption efforts to reduce its herd size.?
Hinkle added that ?TRF’s charter and mission statement do not permit the TRF to euthanize horses for purely financial reasons, and that farm visits, vet reports and TRF data have indicated that the condition of the herd is very good, even among the older horses.?
Hinkle and his small staff of five employees will be calling farm owners throughout the country, asking for their help in this period of crisis. In addition, they will be contacting operators of other well-known rescue operations from which they have received horses. Currently the TRF has 80 horses from other rescue organizations.
“If anyone can help, please contact me at (859) 246-3080 or [email protected],” says Hinkle.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is the largest equine rescue organization of its kind, devoted to the rescue, retirement, rehabilitation and retraining of Thoroughbred racehorses no longer able to compete on the track. We currently care for 1050 retired racehorses daily with more than 650 additional horses in adoptive homes. At re-training farms around the country, we prepare racehorses for adoption as riding horses. At our correctional facility farms, we provide a vocational training program for inmates as they provide supervised care to our retired horses. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is a place that offers a humane alternative to the dire possibilities that have long faced a great majority of ex-racers – neglect, abuse and slaughter. It is a place, built on love and caring, that is befitting such noble and deserving animals. www.trfinc.org.