Retiring Your Racehorse

Steps to Retire Your Racehorse

FIRST: Seek out placement in a good home independently

The Thoroughbred is the world’s premier equine athlete whose talents extend beyond racing. With their stamina, courage and ground-covering stride, they are suitable for practically any equestrian discipline. If your horse is retiring from the track without physical limitations or injuries, we recommend reaching out to sport horse and recreational trainers to see if they would be interested in helping you re-home your Thoroughbred. There are also websites dedicated to connecting individuals looking to buy horses as pets/mounts and those selling to help you directly place your horse with his/her potential new owner.

A good resource for connecting with the local equestrian community is Southern California Equestrian Directory. Northern and Central California sources are also included on the site. A couple of popular horse classified/sales websites are and

*PLEASE NOTE: The identification of resources above is NOT intended to serve as, nor does it imply, an endorsement of any such association or facility by CARMA. They are provided simply as a reference tool for those seeking sources of additional information.*

SECOND: Contact a CARMA Aftercare Partner to place your horse directly into their program

If you are unable to find a private home/buyer for your retired Thoroughbred, contact a non-profit rescue to see if they can take-in your horse. CARMA allocates grants to more than 20 charity organizations who specialize in rehabilitating, retraining and re-homing/retiring former racehorses. Please review our 2018 CARMA Aftercare Partners to see which one is the right fit your horse.

THIRD: Call the CARMA Placement Program for assistance

When you have exhausted other options and are unable re-home your Thoroughbred, please utilize the CARMA Placement Program to safely retire your horse. To date, we have successfully transitioned more than 150 California-raced Thoroughbreds and are here to help.