Standardbred Adoption Service Launched for FREE Horses and the U.S. Trotting Association have joined forces to create a Standardbred Adoption Service listing for horses offered free to good homes. This is designed after's successful Thoroughbred Adoption Service.

The Standardbred Adoption Service will provide an Internet-based bulletin board for registered Standardbred racehorses seeking new careers. The Standardbred Adoption Service is free to all who use it, both those offering a horse and those seeking a pleasure or companion horse.

See the Standardbred Adoption Service. Its Thoroughbred counterpart, created in November of 2008, has already helped 145 Thoroughbreds find new owners. The listings include athletic, versatile animals with many useful years ahead of them, as well as pasture pets or companion animals.

"The USTA came to us right after we launched the Thoroughbred Adoption Service and wanted to create the same kind of program to help find new homes for retired Standardbreds," stated Kimberly S. Brown, Publisher/Editor of The Horse magazine and "I'm only sorry it has taken us so long to get the technology up and going. We've been amazed at how many horses have gone on to wonderful new lives through the Thoroughbred Adoption Service, and we hope to help Standardbred horses the same way.

"I applaud the USTA for being so proactive in working for the welfare of retired Standardbreds," Brown said.

Horses must be offered for free; transactions are the responsibility of the owner or person listing the available horse. Potential new owners will contact the designated person directly. Horses offered can be of any age or gender, but those offering a horse are urged to check references and verify the intentions of the potential adopter (more guidelines for finding a secure home). Opting not to transfer registration papers will ensure a horse does not race again and will not produce a foal eligible for registration.

"We are very excited about teaming up, a part of the Blood-Horse Publications family, a major Thoroughbred publisher," said USTA Communications Director Nicole Kraft. "Both breeds are very attractive prospects for the pleasure horse world. The addition of Standardbreds to this site expands the audience of potential new owners to those interested in driving and riding. Standardbreds already know how to drive and learn to carry a rider with minimal training. Coupled with their endurance and demeanor, they're a very viable option for many pleasure uses."

The Web site is now open to Standardbred listings. View the list of available horses.  

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