Equine Rescue Places 123 Thoroughbreds in 2009

Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue (TPR), a 501(c)(3) located in Upper Marlboro, Md., specializes in retraining and placing horses directly off of the racetrack to pleasure and show homes. In the past year, even with the downturn in the economy, TPR (as their fans fondly call them) still found homes for 123 horses. While this does not quite match their hightest number of 150 (before they were a non-profit), it is still pretty remarkable when you consider that they have only been a non-profit since March of 2009.

TheHorse.com is an integral part of their success.

"Without the assistance of gracious free advertising (on TheHorse.com Adoption Services) and my volunteers that aid me posting the horses (to include my saint-like mother), we would never be able to place the number of horses that we have, " said Kim Clark, TPR's President and a 25-year veteran of the racetrack.

She said TheHorse.com enables TPR to draw attention to these animals beyond the local area which, in turn, will enable TPR to place the perfect horse with their perfectly matched human.

Clark estimated that over half of the emails she receives inquiring about various horses has been driven by traffic from TheHorse.com Adoption Services.

With the downturn in the economy, horses that are deemed too slow, too untalented, or because of a myriad of other factors, are being trimmed from the racing rosters earlier and earlier, which is actually good news for individuals that are interested in finding a sound horse for competition. 

"Not only are there are more horses available, but they are extremely high-quality movers," said Clark. In the past year, she has placed horses in almost every discipline. Occasionally Clark receives emails from clients who have homed one of her horses. She is hoping to start receiving more success stories via their Facebook profile to help spread the stories from their forever homes.

"Off-Track Thoroughbreds are not the 'crazy horses' that they are made out to be, and the more people hear of the successes, the better," stated Clark.

If you are interested in learning more about the horses available, you can see their listings on TheHorse.com or on their Web site at http:www.helpfortbs.org.

Clark asked if you cannot offer a home to a horse, please make a donation to Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, by going to http://www.leightonfarm.com/donate.asp.
"I can't keep up this work without the public's support," said Clark.

For more information on Clark's retrained horses for sale or horses still at the racetrack that are for sale to good homes, go to LeightonFarm.com or call her at 301/579-6898.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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