An Update on an Old Friend: Cheers to Glory
Cheers was one of the first FFI horses to enter the program, and some would say, one of the horses that kept us going in a very tough first year. Most non-profits will fail in their first year because there are so many challenges and back in 2005-06, FFI's first year was no different. But, we had Cheers and he needed us. We kept doing whatever it took to keep him safe so that he could heal. It could be said, while we certainly saved Cheerio, he also saved FFI and taught us that if you just asked for help, it came in many unexpected ways. Cheerio's story was even blogged by Susan Salk on her everpopular blog (Cheerful Victor, Offtrackthoroughbreds.com). Cheers was adopted several years ago, and here is a picture taken July 2014, with his adopter. He is a lucky horse, indeed!
Since then, FFI has seen almost 100 horses through our adoption program, and they all have Cheers to thank.
Friends of Ferdinand Inc.
Friends of Ferdinand Inc. is an Indianapolis based 501(c)3 Non-profit organization that specializes in transitioning ex-racehorses into second careers. It's no secret that the racehorse that is no longer competitve on the racetrack faces an uncertain future and is at-risk for abuse, neglect and slaughter. We believe that it is a shame that retired racehorses who are sound, have the potential to be sound, have good minds and have options for a second career should face an unfortunate end. However, not every ex-racer has this fate and they are lucky enough to find second careers as sport horses, hunter/jumpers, eventers, dressage mounts, trail/pleasure horses and companions. FFI is a volunteer organization and our horses are housed and cared for by people who understand and appreciate the qualities of the off-track thoroughbred.
ABOUT ADOPTION: Horses that have been donated to FFI, have been vetted, and started back under saddle.
ADOPTION APPLICATION: If you are interested in an FFI horse, fill out the adoption application to get the ball rolling.
TRACK LISTINGS and other AVAILABLE OTTB's: These are horses that are not owned by FFI and we do not provide any the information that is provided here is what has been provided to us. We provide no guarantees for soundness, saneness or suitability for your skill level. These horses may still be racing or they may be OTTBs with some re-training that are looking for their next rider and partner.
INTERNSHIP: Are you thinking about a career in the horse industry? Want to learn more about TB rescue and re-training? With support from the Tony Stewart Foundation and the ASPCA, FFI is able to offer 3-4 month internship opportunities to select individuals.