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Racehorse Restarts: Giving Thoroughbreds A Future

In partnership with Turning for Home, a non-profit that has helped place thousands of Thoroughbreds from Philadelphia’s Parx racetrack, Northwestern takes on the critical role of rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming off-the-track thoroughbreds.

NWS receive horses that are ready to retire from the racetrack and start a far different career. Many “Racehorse Restarts” graduates are destined for farms across the region. Others have the opportunity become part of the our own  lesson program. 

Working alongside trainers, Northwestern riders have the opportunity to be involved in each horse’s rehabilitation, medical care, nutrition plan, and retraining.

With more than 10,000 racehorses leaving the track every year, Northwestern Stables’ Restart program is expected to “foster” five to ten Thoroughbreds annually. With food, boarding, and training expected to top $1,000 per month per horse, the cost is significant for a small non-profit.

“Giving these Thoroughbreds a fresh start is one of the most meaningful investments we can make,” added Karen Butz, President of the Board of Directors. “We believe our community and everyone who loves horses will help defray the costs by making a donation.”

Follow Northwestern Racehorse Restarts on Facebook to learn more about the progress of each horse as we prepare them for a forever home.