About Friends of Ferdinand Inc.
Friends of Ferdinand, Inc. is an Indianapolis-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible racehorse retirement by providing racehorses with alternatives at the end of their careers. At this time, we are focusing on thoroughbred racehorses. Our programs include an internet track-listing assistance service for racehorse owners, a thoroughbred donation/ transition/ adoption program, a retraining program, and educational efforts targeting racehorse owners, breeders and trainers, as well as the horse community and the general public.
The plight of the thoroughbred racehorse is two-fold. During these difficult economic times, the unwanted horse has become an increasingly endemic problem, and the racing community is not immune to these issues. Circumstances have arisen throughout Indiana and the nation in which racehorses suffer neglect because they are no longer competitive and therefore no longer valued by their owners. Friends of Ferdinand seeks to provide refuge to as many of these horses as we can.
Furthermore, the thoroughbred horse is unique. It has been bred for speed, agility and intelligence. When properly trained and cared for, this horse can outperform all others. When improperly trained and managed, the thoroughbred can become a very difficult horse to keep healthy and companionable. A thoroughbred in these circumstances again becomes at risk for abuse, neglect and slaughter.
Friends of Ferdinand’s programs and policies do more than most off-track transitioning programs. We invest in both the health and abilities of our horses so that they might find homes more quickly, and more appropriately.