What happens to horses when they can no longer race? At Sagamore we call it the Next Move program.
When Sagamore racehorses reach retirement, the team works together to determine their next steps. Some horses are not sound for riding and will live out their days here at Sagamore Farm, or as a pet/companion horse for someone. Others enjoy downtime out with the herd to just relax and be a horse. We then make plans for them to be retrained and rehomed. After their turnout time is complete – they make their Next Move.
Thoroughbreds are smart, athletic and have an incredible work ethic. As we retrain each horse we begin to learn more about their individual strengths and weaknesses. We can determine which discipline or level of riding will be best for their second career. Whether they will be giving trail rides, competing in dressage or jumping, working cattle or even competing in the Olympics, we want to find the place where they can continue to learn and thrive. We work with trainer Nuno Santos, who is also retired from the Thoroughbred industry and specializes in training Thoroughbreds off the track for a second career. Nuno both retrains our horses and works on matching our horses with their forever homes. These horses include Perpetual Optimism, R J Bentley Johnson City Kid and Thought Leader.
Sagamore Racing is a proud partner of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and supports their efforts to accredit and fund organizations that provide aftercare for Thoroughbreds. We also proudly support the Retired Racehorse Project who work to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in equestrian sports and serving the farms, trainers, and organizations that transition them.
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If you currently own one of our former racehorses, we’d love to see some photos. Please send them to email@example.com