The need to find homes for horses retiring off the race track is great. After The Homestretch-Arizona was formed to fill this niche. From the idea to the reality happened in a very short time span. We applied to the State of Arizona to become a non-profit corporation and received approval July 25, 2011.
Our first Board meeting was held on August 25, 2011, and we immediately applied to the IRS for our 501(c)(3) status. Within three weeks we received our IRS Determination Letter (September 15, 2011). In October we began rescuing horses who had retired from the track.
Our mission is to give ex-racehorses
a second chance.
"To Protect the Legacy of Former Racehorses through Education, Reconditioning, Retraining, and Re-homing".
Our goal is to prepare our horses for new, adoptive homes. The majority of our horses have recently retired from the track, but we also have received horses from the AZ Dept of Agriculture and from persons who can no longer care for their ex-racehorse.
Since these horses were bred for athleticism, heart, and intelligence they are still very athletic and are excelling in other disciplines. They just need a chance to find that second career and a new home … “after the homestretch.”
Our primary goal is always the health and well-being of the horses in our care.
1. To prepare our horses for new homes through rehabilitation and retraining.
2. To find good, suitable adoptive homes for the horses.
3. To educate the public about best practices for the care of horses.
4. To build a strong network of professionals for the aftercare and training of ex-racers.