Services: Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Adoption
Location: Tampa, FL
Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 25
Established in 1985 as a sanctuary for horses looking for a new lease on life, Equestrian Inc. currently has 10 registered Thoroughbreds and three other breeds. Some of the horses are permanent residents due to age or injuries, and others are in the process of being retrained or are recovering from a racing injury.
Equestrian Inc. provides ex-racehorses a chance for a productive second career in a variety of disciplines, such as jumping, dressage, eventing, and pleasure or companion.
Its adoption process involves an interview with the potential adopter to gauge their knowledge and ability to care for the horse. The next step is the adopter spending time with the horse so that they can get to know one another. The adopter must be at least 21 years old and financially able to care for the horse. The adoption fee is from $500 and up depending on the soundness, training, level and potential of the horse.
Equestrian Inc. has no paid staff. It is run solely by volunteers who are the heart of the organization. A team of dedicated people performs such tasks as feeding, grooming, exercising, turnout, stall cleaning, and general farm maintenance.
Equestrian Inc. offers Bright Futures hours to high school students and participates in the Hillsborough County Community Service Program. It hosts groups from area high schools, the University of South Florida, and the University of Tampa. At these events, the students are shown how to care for horses and are given hands-on demonstrations. In addition, it has a strong working relationship with Tampa Bay Downs racetrack.
Our late founder, Glenda Smith, said, “Those involved are paid via love given them from the animals, not with money.”
That still sums up how we feel about our great volunteers.