Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue (ATBR) is one of the most unique, ground breaking organization of its time. With over 50 years of experience, Akindales team offers a full scale rest, rehab, retrain, rehome and retire program. Located an hour north of NYC in Pawling, NY, off the track thoroughbreds take leading steps into a new way of life at Akindale’s facility. The facility is currently home to 130+ permanent sanctuary horses that will live out the rest of their days at Akindale and are not available for adoption.
Since its birth in April 2006, Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue has saved more than 100 horses directly from auction houses such as New Holland, PA, where they are destined for slaughter. Akindale is one of the only organizations that offers a safe haven for horses that can no longer race and have received many horses from national organizations such as TRF and Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue. Akindale takes these horses and prepares them for new careers or to be companion animals.
Located on 310 acres of pristine land, Akindale was founded by John Hettinger, a respected businessman and philanthropist. Mr. Hettinger had been a leading force in the on-going battle to end horse slaughter in the United States. As a life-long thoroughbred owner and breeder, Mr. Hettinger had a vision of keeping these magnificent animals from a cruel fate. He fought daily to have the necessary bills passed into law, making the slaughter of horses and inhumane transportation of horses bound for slaughter over the US borders into Canada and Mexico illegal. His property was deeded in perpetuity to provide for the ongoing care of these horses.
While in the past, Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue has made valuable contributions in saving many thoroughbreds, there are still many more that are needing to be rescued. In order to fulfill its mission of “providing a safe haven for thoroughbreds no longer able to race”, Akindale has expanded its goals. They are committed to training and more aggressively communicating about the adoption program.
As the Executive Director at Akindale, Chris Andrews dedicates her time to insure that the Rescue’s goals for growth and visibility are being brought to fruition. From coordinating horse shows for local competitors to collaborating with other organizations to throwing memorable charity events, Chris brings visibility to the facility and their mission to save and rehome as many thoroughbreds as possible.
Being a lifelong rider herself, Chris is also very hands on with the day to day operations at the farm. Working closely with the well respected Farm Manager, Marlene Peavey, Chris assess each horse individually to come up with a plan for each horses success. From top quality feed and hay to proper maintenance of medical conditions and injuries, Marlene brings the teams plans for these horses to life.
Akindale’s team takes the time necessary to rehab horses previous injuries and conditions so that they are in peak condition to begin training. After a vigorous career at such a young age some horses need rest and Akindale gives them that opportunity. Consulting with vets, a timeline is put together for each individual horse that is built around longevity. After they are in a healthy standpoint, they are then worked with on the ground to insure that they under- stand routine and regiment of living a normal barn life. When they are showing successful signs of understanding respectable behavior, they are started under saddle.
Heather Carlson is Akindale’s resident trainer out of Salley, SC, where horses that are ready to move forward in their training are sent to touch up on skills that will be imperative to their adoption process.
Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue is truly unique from any other rescue program. Taking horses off the track that are still in their prime, and committing to retraining them to have a life after racing. Akindale’s staff takes the time necessary to rehab horses previous injuries and conditions so that they are in peak condition to begin training. After they are in a healthy standpoint, they are then worked with on the ground to insure that they understand routine and regiment of living a normal barn life. When they are showing successful signs of understanding respectable behavior, they are started under saddle.
Whether it is a financial donation, or the gift of time there are ways for everyone to become involved and make a difference in the lives of Akindale’s horses.
Find out how you can help today by visiting www.Akindalehorserescue.org