Our mission statement is two-fold; “to provide emotional healing through equine interaction, and to provide safe and restorative homes for retired racehorses”. We accomplish this by re-training these wonderful athletes and finding the perfect match for a new home. At Healing Arenas, we are serious about our Projects. Our Equine Committee consists of Sue Greene (California Thoroughbred Breeder’s Association former President and now Secretary), Fallon Nunes RVT (Regsisterd Veterinary Technician), Christine Sakata, RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) and Julie Baker (former exercise rider at all California thoroughbred racetracks, and former licensed California Horse Racing Board Assistant Trainer, horse trainer and EAGALA certified Equine Professional). The Committee adopted and signed the following as permanent Policies and Procedures for all equines:
- The American Horse Council’s National Welfare Code of Practice
- Healing Arenas Adoption Application
- EAGALA Code of Ethics
- Equine Surrender Form
- Euthanasia Policy
- Intake Form / Horse ID Sheet
- Jockey Club “Sold as Retired from Racing” Form
- Release of Liability Waiver Form
- Risk Management Policy
For a copy of our latest Committee Minutes, please Contact Us.
Our Retired Racehorse Project begins with ex-racers who must be sound enough for re-training. We utilize back to basics ground work, completely re-starting the horse at the level appropriate to their individual needs. Our trainer has over 30 years experience with starting young horses, as well as the racehorse in training at the track. A former exercise rider and licensed CHRB Assistant Trainer, Julie is familiar with racehorse conditioning and training. Every horse is evaluated for their knowledge and disposition, and re-trained accordingly. This could mean 60 days for sound, mature minded horses, to 6 months or more. Julie states “making good horses is what I do, and have been doing for the last 30 years. Finding each horse the right human match is very important – the horse deserves the best possible home – and the human deserves the best possible horse for them”.
One of the best things about our RRP is our partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (http://www.trfinc.org) , which began in 2012. The TRF gave us the ability to foster horses for our former project, Second Chances California, funded by AB109 and sponsored by the Stanislaus County Probation Department. The TRF is over 30 years strong in their mission to save off the track thoroughbreds. Healing Arenas has been able to assist with the TRF’s mission by utilizing some of the horses for equine assisted psychotherapy, and re-training adoptable horses shipped to our satellite facility from their locations throughout the US. What a fantastic partnership we have with the TRF and we are looking forward to many more years of the same!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have adopted from us, or through our connections at Golden Gate Fields and other wonderful organizations. Thus far, we’ve adopted (or assisted in the adoption) of 16 horses since incorporation in February 2104. We look forward to finding new homes for more of these athletes in the future, as we grow as an organization, as as we continue to develop our program. In the year 2017, we will be able to apply for national recognition and more monetary support through the Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, CARMA and more.
If you would like to Volunteer for this Project, we are always seeking assistance! Please Contact Us !!
If you are able to Donate to help with supplies and veterinary costs, we would be so appreciative! ALL DONATIONS are Tax Deductible through our California registered 501c3 status (Tax ID #46-5016733). Donate safely through PayPal – make sure you type in RRp (retired racehorse project) for the correct category and Thank You!!
Here are some wonderful stories of some of our adoptions!
If you are seeking a new horse, please give us a call at 209.900.7917! We’d be happy to provide you with a potential match, or network resources to find exactly what you are looking for!
Thank you to our Adoption Partners!!