Turning for Home is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group that has provided over 1,000 racehorses with a safe retirement since opening in May 2008. Realizing the industry’s need to protect the equine athletes who have worked so hard for their owners and trainers, the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association of Parx Racing established a true “insurance policy” for our retired Thoroughbreds. With the inception of Turning for Home, owners and trainers have a safe outlet for their retiring horses.
At Parx Racing, we truly do take care of our own. Unlike most retirement and rescue programs, 85% of our funding comes from Parx horse owners and jockeys, the PTHA, racetrack management, and the PA Horse Breeders Association. The Jockey Club and other national organizations have called Turning for Home a model program for other racetracks around the country.
Trainers who want to place a horse with Turning for Home need only fill out an information sheet and sign over the foal papers. The papers are then sent to the Jockey Club and stamped as “Not for Racing”, thus ensuring every horse placed with our program will never be able to race again. We do not refuse horses into our program that are lame or injured.
Because of our presence right here on the grounds of Parx Racing, we have the unique ability to quickly schedule emergency veterinary procedures. This enables some horses that otherwise may not have had a chance for a full recovery often go on to a second career with little or even no limitations.
An average of four horses per week are examined by one of our veterinarians at the racetrack, including evaluations of any x-rays or ultrasounds.
Dr. Patty Hogan is a leading orthopedic surgeon who has supported our program since its inception, examining all films that are sent over for injured horses. She then provides us with a recommendation for recovery and rehabilitation. If surgery is suggested, we will work with either Hogan Equine or one of the other top equine hospitals that are willing to perform the procedure at cost. This allows us to help many more horses that come through our program.
While Turning for Home is not a sanctuary, we do all we can to assure that every retiree has the opportunity to go on to a new career.