Hope for Horses

hope for horses

Loud Stalker, aka “Louie,” a Hope for Horses graduate, with adopter Lura O’Brien. Credit: Carol Mingst Photography

Services: Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Adoption

Location: Galt, CA

Founded: 2013

Website: hope4horses.com

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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 32

Hope for Horses, established in 2013, has been taking in retiring racehorses for decades. The organization started by taking in, retraining, and re-homing just a few off-the track Thoroughbreds and broodmares, and it has grown into an organization able to help a far greater number of horses annually.

Its programs are education-based, teaching young people how to better care for horses and to understand that education is a journey that never ends. Hope for Horses brings in retiring racehorses and uses the training they had on the track and teaches them the skills needed in their new roles as equestrian mounts.

The primary focus is to help these magnificent animals transition into other disciplines, providing training and mental/emotional wellness. Educating, training, and molding these horses makes them better prepared to find forever homes. The horses are partnered with our youth teams, to teach our young riders to become compassionate, educated, responsible equestrians. Although the teams are for young people, the facility has helped many adults fulfill their dream of horse ownership.

Anita Markiewicz, president and founder, is a Level II Centered Riding Instructor, a Certified CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) instructor, and has decades of experience in dressage and horsemanship. By offering this education, Hope for Horses helps its graduates become good equine citizens, ready to go into many different areas of equestrian life.

Hope for Horses offers continued lessons and training to all its adopted horses as well as other horses in the community. Nationally known clinicians are brought in several times a year to broaden the knowledge of participants. Hope for Horses is part of the Forever Foundation with Trevor Carter, who provides online video lessons and outlines goals to achieve with each horse in the program.
Educating the general public about horses and how they are retrained to lead a new life has brought many new people to the equestrian community, which in turn provides more homes for more horses.