CARMA Placement Program
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE CARMA Placement Program?
The Placement Program has been developed to act as a liaison between horsemen and CARMA Aftercare Partners (non-profit benefactors of CARMA grant funds). The primary focus of the program is to facilitate the transition of horses from the racetrack to the aftercare organization that can best place that horse into its second career. Horse care and safety are paramount to CARMA and the program encourages the racing industry to participate in the care and protection of its equine athletes.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Horses accepted into the program will be transported from the racetrack to our “triage” unit at Winners’ Circle Ranch in Bradbury, CA and will be placed under the direct supervision of the Thoroughbred Rehab Center staff (a CARMA Aftercare Partner). This medical lay-up facility has the resources to assess and care for newly retired racehorses as they make the transition from racing to second careers. This phase will last approximately 30 days, during which the horse will be evaluated for soundness and temperament. Horses that need a additional time off will be transported to one of our long-term layup facilities in Apple Valley and Fallbrook, California. When healed, a written report will be provided to all Aftercare Partners. The horse will then be placed with the most appropriate organization, which will then be responsible for rehabilitating and adopting the horse out or offering permanent retirement, if that’s the most appropriate course of action. When the horse is ready it will be offered for adoption or sale, based on the policies and procedures of the individual charity. Updates on the adopted horses will be issued at six months and one year.
HOW IS THIS PROGRAM FUNDED?
The Placement Program has been made possible by the Santa Anita Park After-Care Program. This fund matches the .03 percent of purse money donated to CARMA by owners through a voluntary purse deduction. 80 percent of monies matched will be used directly for thoroughbred aftercare and the remaining 20 percent will be used for education and awareness campaigns for horsemen.
WHY IS THE PLACEMENT PROGRAM NECESSARY?
Horse ownership is expensive. This expense continues well beyond a horses’ racing career. Here is a little bit of math on retirement:
- Monthly pasture board + care + hoof trimming + dental + worming = $400 minimum
- $400 x 12 months = $4,800 yearly upkeep
- If your horse retires at age five and lives to be 20 years old that 15 years x $4,800 = $72,000
There are not many owners out there in the position to pay over $70,000 to care for every retired horse they have owned for the rest of its life. Luckily, Thoroughbreds are not only good for racing; they can excel at any equine sport and make excellent riding and pleasure companions.
I WOULD LIKE THE PROGRAM’S HELP TRANSITIONING MY HORSE INTO RETIREMENT. WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Contact CARMA and fill out a horse INTAKE FORM for consideration. Forms are available from CARMA or on our website here.
IS MY HORSE ELIGIBLE?
There are a few requirements for eligibility. Please review these and feel free to call the office if you have any questions.
- Colts or stallions will NOT be accepted. Please make arrangements to geld your horse, if necessary.
- Your horse must have run or been in training at SANTA ANITA, GOLDEN GATE FIELDS or DEL MAR in the last six months.
- You must be willing to make a minimum donation of $500 to the Placement Program on behalf of your horse. This helps defray the transportation administrative costs associated with each horse we facilitate in the program.
MY HORSE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
Now the paper work starts. It is important to keep a thorough paper trail on horses that go through the program. This is for your own protection, and also for ours. You will receive a packet with documents to sign and step-by-step instructions.
- Read and sign the “Surrender Form”. This releases your control and liability over the retired horse.
- Obtain the horse’s Jockey Club papers. CARMA needs these to officially retire the horse from racing.
- Release the horse’s veterinary records to CARMA. Our aftercare partners need these to determine the medical attention the horse needs and will help determine the suitability for the horse’s second career.
- Donate a minimum of $500 on behalf of your horse. Donations can be made at carma4horses.org or via check made out to CARMA. Our mailing address is 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007. Be sure to note who the donation is for (horse’s name). You will receive a donation acknowledgement for your records.
PLEASE CONSIDER BEFORE YOU CALL:
We encourage all owners and trainers to explore adoption possibilities for their newly retired thoroughbred prior to contacting the Placement Program for assistance. Refer to the list of CARMA approved aftercare facilities and contact any groups that look like a good fit for your equine.
285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007
626-574-6654 – PlacementProgram@carma4horses.org