Frequently Asked Questions and Important Information

What if my horse has an injury (new or old)?

Of course we will consider horses who have sustained injuries, and unlike other organizations, we don't require the donor/former owner to pay the horse's rehab expenses. The right thing to do is to retire them from racing, and give them an opportunity for a less demanding career. With that said, our capacity to properly care for horses that need extended rehab and interventions is limited.

We will have our vets review the horse's records and determine whether your horse has a good prognosis for some athletic function, and what we need to do in order to give them the best shot possible. Sometimes this may mean surgery, PRP treatments or just simply time, and we need to be prepared and able to provide what your horse needs. Please let your vet know that our vet will be in-touch and that they have your permission to discuss your horse.

Does FFI provide long-term retirement/sanctuary to horses that are pasture sound only?

No. We re-train our horses for second careers as riding horses. If you need sanctuary, our favorite organizations are Old Friends, The Exceller Fund and Re-Run.

Does FFI take stallions?

Yes, we have taken stallions, however they are immediately castrated. If we accept your stallion into our program, unless other arrangements have been made, you MUST deliver your horse directly to our nearest veterinary clinic for castration. If you feel that castration is not in the best interest of your horse, please contact an organization that accepts stallions (such as Old Friends, KY).

What am I supposed to do if FFI does not accept my horse?

  • If we cannot take your horse because we do not have an open stall, you can place your horse on our wait list. We will let you know when a horse goes out on trial for adoption and a stall is opening up.
  • If we cannot take your horse because we are short on the required funds to support it, you can help us fundraise or make a donation to close the gap and get your horse into the program faster.
  • If you can't wait for a stall or budget to open up, we have contacts throughout the country and may be able to network to find your horse a place in another organization. Alternatively, we can also help you list it for sale on the internet and our facebook page to get your horse exposure.
  • However, if we decide that we cannot take your horse because our vets have recomended that it's injuries are too extensive for long-term soundness and riding then we may recomend humane euthanasia. It's never an easy decision for any horse owner, but when made with the horse's long-term quality of life in mind and in consultation of a veterinarian, it is never the wrong one.

Does FFI only take thoroughbreds from the racetrack?

Every horse that we bring into the Friends of Ferdinand program has been involved in the racing industry, at some point. During the racing season, horses retiring from the racetracks in the midwest take precedent. However, we often accept horses who have been purchased from the track and the new owners have realized that it's just not a good fit.
From time to time, we have also taken horses from other rescues.

What is the value of my horse?

When we accept and take possession of your horse, you (or your agent) will be provided with a copy of the Transfer of Ownership form. This also serves as your donation receipt. The value of your horse is between you and the IRS. We encourage you to seek advise from a tax professional.

What if FFI accepts my horse, and then later decides that it is not adoptable?

FFI is not a sanctuary. Every horse accepted into our program will be made available for adoption. Once accepted into our program, every FFI horse receives a thorough intake exam administered by a veterinarian and enters a re-training program. During these evaluations, if our veterinarians find that your horse has injuries that substantially limit it's athletic ability and cannot be rehabilitated to provide long-term quality of life and function, we will humanely euthanize the horse. Furthermore, if, in consultation with veterinarians and professional trainers, we determine that your horse poses a safety risk to itself and the people around it, we will humanely euthanize, regardless of its soundness. These decisions are not made lightly, and are made with the recomendation of veterinarians, professionals and the Board of Directors.


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