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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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Track to Trail Inc. is a wonderful nonprofit organization that works towards rehabilitating off the track thoroughbreds in Southern Florida. They do this through a remarkable network of volunteers and social programs that involve young girls - training them to love and care for these horses. This program is led by Cynthia Gilbert who is a one woman dynamo with lots of ideas, and a long standing love for these animals. She puts her whole heart into finding ways to care for the horses, and her community. She started with a few volunteers at her home farm, and has expanded to a beautiful stable in Naples with superb facilities for all the medical care that these horses might need. It is the fruition of a dream, and a big win for many otherwise forgotten horses. In addition to taking unwanted Racing Thoroughbreds, she also works with the Collier County Ag department to temporarily house abandoned and abused horses in the Naples area. She then works diligently to get the horses on the mend mentally and physically and find them good homes. This organization is top notch, providing care for animals that is supervised by the county ag department, and teaching children to care for animals in a loving and professional manner. It is win / win for everyone involved!

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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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2 Suzanne C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most dedicated charity to OTT horses . Always caring about their well being, health and happiness. I have seen miracle cases that Track to Trail takes on ultimately saving the horses life.. Cynthia is relentless in her pursuit of what is best for these beautiful animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following Track to Trail for several years, and have shared many excellent enlightening conversations with the director, Cynthia Gilbert. I LOVE what they do for OTTBs and other horses in need, in how positive their retraining approach is, in how careful the assessment and rehab is handled, and especially in how they engage the community, and kids in particular, with the wonderful activities of the rescue and the horses. They really model best practices in rescue, and if I lived in the area, I'd want to be there every day!

Gayel Cook A.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic nonprofit. They take in OTT and other horses needing care and do an absolute amazing job with every one of them. They offer all kinds of education to the public and a great opportunity for kids to learn about horses through their programs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been to track to trail to have ridding lessons from Cynthia. Cynthia is an awesome lady who really cares for the horses . The horses are so well cared for . There have been so many that would not have made it if not for Cynthia and track to trail volunteers. This is an awesome rescue !

Michelle K.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This group does so much to help horses. They take excellent care of the horses they rescue and find them good homes and have an unbelievable network of volunteers.

Christina Gray A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted A horse from this rescue about a month ago and was so happy to be able to give our big guy a forever home! Without rescues like Track to Trail we wouldn’t have our Applesauce (our horse) and there would be many injured or lost horses still needed a home and help and they’re able to rehabilitate these animals and train them back to health. Thank you!

Jamie Laugel C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization! I volunteer working with the horses and enjoy the environment! Awesome classes for kids to learn how to care for and ride the horses!

William G.6

Donor

Rating: 5

Always thinking of the horses and their needs. Many children participate in their care and handling which in turn leads to great confidence and self-esteem. A fantastic organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Track to Trail running by Cynthia Gilbert is the best organization I have encountered in my over 40 plus years working with horses. Every horse is cared for in every aspect of their individual needs. Very impressed with the many programs that Cynthia has provided for young children and adults.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Track to Trail have been absolutely amazing stepping up to help so many horses retiring from the racetrack, they go above and beyond to help the horses that no one else will and I will be eternally grateful for that.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Track to Trail is an amazing organization! They have helped many horses in need find loving homes. They are volunteer based organization and boy do these volunteers love what they do! The horses are well cared for, given the attention and kindness they need to move onto their forever homes.

1 sfacteau

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization, amazing horses, amazing volunteers, amazing results. Love Track to Trail.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that helps rehab and rehome ex-race horses. They also have wonderful children and adult programs teaching how to care for horses and how to be a responsible horse owner.

Stacy Perl S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I am a fairly new volunteer (2 months), I have been amazed at the dedication of every single volunteer with whom I've worked to all of the injured, starved, abused, and abandoned horses that have come to temporarily call Track to Trail their home. Volunteers have the responsibility to do everything involved with the care of these horses: feeding, exercising, socializing, and helping to rehabilitate all of the horses, as well as to support those people who come to Track to Trail to learn about the environment through classes or camp. Volunteers work endlessly all day long and throughout each evening to make sure that everything is done in a safe, nurturing, and caring manner. Volunteers are able to make real connections easily through their love of horses and desire for community service. This is a great organization that is run solely by volunteers!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Track to Trail provides the most rewarding experience if you love horses. This organization provides not only a rewarding experience for the volunteer, but offers rehabilation and adoption for the equines it rescues. This is a wonderful organization to contribute.

Mikayla W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue is run by amazing and caring people! The horses always get wonderful, round the clock care and lots of love. This is a very clean and nice facility as well. I love spending my free time with these amazing people and creatures

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!!

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.