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Holly N.

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Review for Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Saratoga Spgs, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This was for the TRF at Montpelier in Orange, VA. I volunteered for 6 plus months AND adopted a TRF ex-racehorse named Monty. TRF is a wonderful organization that tries to place ex-racehorses in forever homes as companions or performance horses. The Montpelier facility is great--they take care to match what you are looking for in a horse and they are very knowledgeable. Some (due to injuries) are good pasturemates...others (like Monty) can actually be performance horses. I worked with Monty and showed succesfully at USDF recognized shows to 2nd level dressage! You do need to be an expert horseperson to help with the horses/volunteer--racehorses can be high strung as they are being reschooled. However, there are other ways to help TRF including helping at their benefit parties or sponsoring a horse to have shoes for a year. You could buy and donate hay or other needed items. You can even sponsor the reseeding of a field or buy art at Art at the Barn.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

showing my TRF horse! He was SO HAPPY to have a new home and life with an owner that loved him!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more resources! The racehorse industry, in my opinion, needs to be responsible for what happens to these YOUNG ex-racehorses.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?


Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

none--I had a great experience and would adopt again.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

new friends, new skills, felt like I made a difference

Role:  Volunteer & riding, adopted a horse.