Both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds off the track are accepted into the program.

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Donations to New Vocations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Equine donors receive a letter of acknowledgement stating the horse was donated to a 501 (c) (3) public charity. A CPA should be consulted for the value of the donation.

Horse Requirements

New Vocations accepts mares and geldings two years or older. All horses must have recently been racing or in race training. Stallions need to be castrated and given a few weeks healing time before arrival.

Horses must have: a current coggins, front shoes, and be up-to-date on worming and vaccinations. A profile of the horse’s disposition, injuries (old and new), limitations, habits, and any joint injections or illnesses in the previous three months should accompany each individual along with the name, address, and phone number of both the owner and the trainer.

Donors must provide transportation for the horse to a New Vocations facility. Staff can help arrange commercial shipping, if needed.

We request the original Registration Papers so your horse has the ability to be registered with several upper level Horse Showing organizations, such as the United States Dressage Federation.  Papers are permanently stamped Not For Racing as well as New Vocations’ logo and contact information, should your horse ever need a home in the future – people will hold on to and pass on Registration Papers 100% more than a piece of paper with our information or an Adoption Contract.   We also hold the Registration papers until the 12 month update has been submitted by the adopter.

Horses coming to New Vocations need to be sound for riding and have an agreeable temperament. We can only take injured horses if the donor is willing to cover the board until it’s rehabilitated. Please do not send horses with neurological symptoms, joint infections, or acute degenerative joint disease as these individuals face a poor quality of life and often must be euthanized.


Mandatory Updates of Adopted Horse

New Vocations follows up on each horse for one year to ensure a successful transition. Mandatory updates required of adopters are shared with the former owners who may also correspond if they wish. At the end of one year, the adopter may sell the horse, but not to a dealer or through an auction, and must provide New Vocations with the new owner’s contact information. This is why horses need to have a skill and a degree of future usefulness to carry them over once they leave the protective umbrella of the program.


Sponsor Donated Horse

Please consider sponsoring the donated horse while in the care of our program. A monetary donation may be required if the donated horse will need time to heal from an injury. A monthly donation until the horse is adopted or a one-time contribution can be made.



Horse Donor Form

If you would like to donate a horse to the program, please complete the donor application.

Thoroughbred donor forms can be submitted online, emailed to, or faxed to (614) 448-9440.

Standardbred donor forms can be submitted online, emailed to, or faxed to (614) 737-9941.

Please allow a few days for Anna Ford or Winnie Nemeth to contact you. At that time, you will be notified if the horse has been accepted into the program and to what facility it will go. To speed up the process, please send copies of coggins, health records and x-rays (if horse is injured) along with the application.