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Foster a Horse



Trot Trot currently has quite the waitlist of horses looking to come into the program for retraining and to find adoptive homes in new careers! We’d like to get as many horses started on their new journeys as possible, so they can hopefully be in a new safe home before anyone changes their mind about giving them this chance for a second career vs. getting sold to the Amish. 

Stall space is limited at our farms, so fosters are a big help! 

What is fostering? 

  • You provide care for a Trot Trot horse at your farm or boarding facility 

  • Fostering options are flexible! You could take a horse that just needs some turnout or rest, or can also work on training it. We welcome lesson or therapy programs to use the horse in their program while fostered!

What are the benefits?

  • Adoption fee commission! You can earn 20-50% of the adoption fee depending on where/when the horse is adopted. 

  • We are a 501c3 so your expenses for the horse can be tracked, and we can write you a receipt for tax/donation purposes. 

  • Local farms can have our trainers visit to work with the horse if desired. 

  • If desired, we can also provide a stipend of $150/month for help with feed, farrier, etc. Some horses may come with a larger stipend depending on owner donations. 

  • We will promote the horse for adoption and handle processing interested adopters. 

  • You help TWO horses get started in a new career: by giving one a spot, you open another for a new horse!


If interested, please contact us!  We have had plenty of happy fosters who have worked with us, and are happy to meet new ones. Let’s help some horses!

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Become an Ambassador

Adopted a horse from Trot Trot? Planning on attending shows, clinics, or other events this year? We’re looking for you!

What ambassadors do:

  • Wear (when appropriate) or display the given Trot Trot apparel to promote that your horse is an adopted standardbred!

  • Notify us of what events you are attending so that we can share!

  • When possible, display Trot Trot brochures, posters, banners, etc to educate on second career opportunities for retired standardbred racehorses!

  • May be asked to attend open house or other educational events

  • Tag us and use #teamtrottrot #standardbred in your social media posts about the events and activities you do with your adopted horse!


What you get:

  • Choice of Trot Trot Polo or Trot Trot AP saddle pad (various colors available)

  • If you are attending other events we may supply you with additional apparel or equipment like posters, brochures, stall guards, etc.

  • Your social media posts will be shared by us

  • Play your part in promoting second careers for retired standardbred racehorses!


Any discipline can apply!

You do not have to show to apply. Attending parades, hunter paces, clinics, or even trail riding are great ways to promote Standardbreds!

To apply, email us or message us on Facebook and tell us about you and your horse, what you’ve been up to, and your plans for the future!

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Horse Care

Horses need a lot of care, and the work never seems to end! Help of any kind is appreciated and ranges from barn chores like stalls, water buckets, and tubs in the fields, to cleaning fields and tidying the barn. There are also opportunities for hands-on care, like grooming horses and other tasks such as hand walking/grazing, lunging, etc.

Riding and Events
We always appreciate help from riders from various disciplines in exercising and training our horses. Volunteers wishing to ride should schedule a riding evaluation and send us a written history of their riding experience, so we can be sure to match you with suitable mounts to keep everyone happy and safe!

There are also opportunities for regular volunteer riders to ride our horses at events and shows (fees will be covered by Trot-Trot).

Videos and Photography

It's important to get quality photos and videos of our horses so that they put their best hoof forward towards attracting an adoptive home! Of course, it's a bit difficult to get these quality images when you're the one on the horse! Volunteers can use their own cameras, or just a cell phone, we're not picky!

​​Help make a difference and sign up
to volunteer today!

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