Friends of Ferdinand Inc.
Friends of Ferdinand Inc. (FFI) is Indiana's ONLY accredited equine welfare non-profit organization that specializes in transitioning ex-racehorses into second careers. 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.
It's no secret that the racehorse that is no longer competitive on the racetrack faces an uncertain future and is at-risk. 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 an undesirable fate and they are lucky enough to find second careers as sport horses, hunter/jumpers, eventers, dressage mounts, trail/pleasure horses and companions.
FFI HORSES AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION AND FAQ's: The deets, pictures and video of horses that have been donated to FFI, have been vetted, and started back under saddle and are available for adoption or will be available soon. Check back here often, because we always have several horses that are under evaluation/started re-training and when they are getting close to being ready for suitors and visitors, they will be added to the website.
ADOPTION APPLICATION: If you are interested in an FFI horse, fill out the adoption application to get the ball rolling. An adoption application is required to schedule a visit.
GIVE BACK: It does not matter whether you are a player, a racehorse owner/trainer, or an OTTB lover, we often say that it takes a village to help these horses find a soft landing when their racing career is over and then move onto successful second careers. FFI would not exist without your help, no matter how big or small.
DONATE A THOROUGHBRED: If you have a horse that you would like for FFI to consider accepting into our adoption program, please complete the horse donation form. If we have not seen your horse already, pictures will be required. You can upload them to the horse donation form, or you can email them directly to email@example.com. It may take 3-5 days for us to respond to your inquiry. If the horse is in a predicament that requires a faster response, in addition to submitting the horse donation form, please also send us an email.
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.