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Track to Trail Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: To find homes and second careers for off track thoroughbreds that have been injured during their racing career, to aid horses long off the track that have been abandoned and help other local horses as we can. Educational outreach, a local food bank, a solid volunteer group, and a youth program are all part of what we do!

Results: In 5 years we have grown from a one woman, two horse organization to a fully diverse board of a 501c3 animal welfare organization. We have helped 41 horses directly that have come thru our gates. We have also helped many local owners, who have fallen on hard times, place their horses, provided feed to those in need through our Food Bank Initiative and held over 100 educational and outreach programs. We host the ASPCA Help a Horse Day Event, Participate at Christmas in Immokalee where we give pony rides to kids on Christmas morning, and this past year attended the Festival in Immokalee at the Pioneer Museum at Robert's Ranch.

Target demographics: ex racehorses that have been injured

Direct beneficiaries per year: last year we took in 15 horses, and had 35 volunteers

Geographic areas served: Naples, FL

Programs: We are an all volunteer lead, rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming facility in SW FL We host hundreds of educational outreach programs in our local community and shelter services for horses at risk.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Peggy M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My life is so much better. To get to the barn around 7 and to walk in and smell the horses, hear them and know that you are going to take care of these animals is so rewarding, I love it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic things going on at this facility for all of the well deserving horses. Cynthia and her volunteers are so committed to helping all of the horses have richer lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I moved to Naples in December from Maine with our horses and have had the pleasure of being introduced to Track to Trail. Very impressed with the excellent care that these beautiful thoroughbreds are receiving under Cynthia's and the volunteers watchful eyes!! Nice to see such happy and healthy horses!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I volunteered with this organization in 2017 and loved working with it's leader - Cynthia Gilbert, and the other volunteers. The mission to save injured, abandoned and sick thoroughbreds is much needed in this part of Florida. Moreover, Cynthia works closely with the Agricultural Department in this area to rescue other types of horses in the community who need it as well. She also is in contact with other Florida horse rescues to coordinate services during times of hurricanes and fires. The rescue has also worked tirelessly to educate people on the needs and loving nature of this beautiful breed. Recently, Cynthia has started day camps to teach the next generation how to love horses and care for them properly.

I personally have adopted 2 beautiful Quarter Horses from this organization, and cannot say enough good things about what it brings to the community it serves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for this organization for about 8 months and had the time of my life. I met some wonderful people, and truly enjoyed my time caring for the horses and helping with fund raising. This organization is a much needed piece of South Florida horse rescue. They perform services from helping out those who are struggling to care for their own horses, rescuing abandoned horses, to obviously providing a sanctuary to rehab OTTB's and helping them to find new homes. Please consider donating to or volunteering with this organization if you love horses.

Catherine D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that provides sanctuary to abandoned or abused horses. Horses are very expensive to care for and the facility sustained damage in the recent hurricane. They can always use more volunteers and monetary donations or supplies! Great charity to sponsor if you are a local business wanting to reach out.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I currently volunteer for Track to Trail among an amazing volunteer crew. Each of us love what we do and cherish our time with Cynthia and these beautiful horses. This rescue has made a difference in many lives and has a positive impact to our community. I will continue to support in anyway possible for years to come.

AmysZ

Board Member

Rating: 5

I came to the rescue September 2013 searching for a pasture mate for my senior mare. that's when I met "Z".
Little did I know how he would change my life.
He was 17 years old and Cynthia had rescued him and 2 others a few months back, from an awful situation in Miami/Dade.
11 horses there with no food/water, starving, sadly, a couple of them did not survive. . A huge wall surrounded the property. A news video of the police seizure of the horses gives a glimpse of the horrible place these poor thoroughbreds were left to starve. Thankfully
Cynthia brought Z to the rescue along with Chevy and Kryptonite.
There was just something about Z....he came home with me right away. I adopted him to keep my mare company. He was my beautiful "lawn ornament with the kindest eyes and full of personality.
He brightened up my life and my heart for the next 3 years and 2 months that he spent with me and my family in this world. I miss him everyday.
How very blessed I feel for meeting Cynthia and Z and all the other Ottb's. Also having met the most amazing people at and through the rescue. Life changing place for me :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ever since I was a little girl, many, many years ago, horses have played a huge part in my life. From books like Black Beauty and Misty of Chincoteague, to pony rides, to riding lessons and finally to owning my own horses, I have been lucky enough to be involved with them for much of my life. Through the years of raising my children when horses took a back seat to kids, I still knew that one day I would become involved again. That chance came when I went into a feed store for dog food and picked up a card for what became Track to Trail Thoroughbreds. I met Cynthia shortly thereafter and for the first time in my life became a volunteer and a supporter of this amazing person and organization. This wonderful woman takes injured racehorses, and sometimes abused, neglected and starving local horses and turns them into the magnificent beings they are meant to be. The transformations in their bodies, their minds, their attitudes is nothing short of amazing. I am proud to be both a sometimes volunteer and a sometimes donator to this outstanding organization. And the pay-off is that I have the opportunity to hang out with and share love and affection with the gorgeous horses at Track to Trail Thoroughbreds. ADOPT, DON'T SHOP!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

So almost 3 years ago I got involved with the best horse rescue ever not knowing much. I learned so much from Cynthia.
I fell in love with the only NON- Thouroughbred horse at the rescue and had a feeling he was going to be mine someday. After a battle of Cancer this guy named Applesauce made my life complete. Thank you so much for helping me make my dream come true. Today I have my horse (Doodlebug) and im very proud to be called a board member of this wonderful place. Helping these horses has made my life complete.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Cynthia a few years ago when she had acquired two OTTB's. Over the past few years I've helped as I can, and have seen the horses come in with injuries, wounds, bad skin, etc, and have seen them improve. She is all about educating people on not only the OTTB but on caring for any horse; feeding, grooming, training and positive reinforcement to enable the volunteers and owners to safety and productively work with their horses. She truly loves and cares for the animals, giving them the best possible care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Track to Trail for just over a year now and have learned what a truly wonderful organization this is. Taking an ex-race horse, or horse in need, bringing them on a journey of rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming is so very rewarding. In support of Track to Trail's mission, we provide educational lectures, fund raising events, demonstrations, and hands on learning about the horses. I came with no horse experience and have learned volumes. It is so gratifying to ride along when one of these horses is being transported to his/her forever home. I am so glad we crossed paths and I made the decision to join this wonderful team of other volunteers and supporters. Track to Trail has the most majestic, smart, funny, talented, gentle, and amazing horses.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My first visit to Track to Trail was in 2015 for an educational program Cynthia hosted. I have since adopted 3 horses from Track to Trail and recently became a board member. I am thrilled to be part of such a great organization and excited to share my enthusiasm with others who share the same passion for these amazing animals!

1 Cynthia Gilbert

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started this organization in 2012 with just two horses and no volunteers. 5 years later, we have obtained our 501 c3 status, have a wonderful crew of amazing volunteers, an active and diverse board, and have taken in 41 horses, including some local neglect cases.

We have started a robust educational program, do numerous outreach programs, including Christmas in Immokalee, where we give pony rides to kids on Christmas morning. We host educational clinics at our facility and have numerous local professionals that donate their time and services to help the horses here and our mission.

We strive to constantly do better, make infrastructure improvements, and make the adoption process both streamlined yet effective.

We are proud to be a responsible rehoming facility, taking injured horses off the track that are often refused by track funded rescues. These horses typically need 6 months to a year of healing time. All horses are placed with contract, references required and property checks are done. Horses can come back here, no questions asked, if for any reason the situation is not working out. We also will pick up any of our horses that are in medical stress, but the owner can't afford the emergency vet care.

We strive to be the best and keep aiming for the stars