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Track to Trail Contest, most likely to…



Remember that year book?  Friends signed it, made comments on who was most likely to succeed, most likely to be a comedian, well we are doing that here!  We are creating a contest, to test your knowledge, your insight, and your luck!  In the meantime, here are a few of the horses that are entering!  Details will be forthcoming, we expect the contest to run May 1-5th.  Contest, Prizes for correct answers, for being creative and so forth will be on our FB Page!

Want to help?  You can donate or sponsor a horse too!

Donation for CONVID-19 impact

Volunteer hours are down, donations are down, adoptions are down, educational programs are closed= please help support the horses here!



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COVID-19 impacting Naples, FL Horse Rescue

Volunter hours are dropping, donations are slowing down and our educational program which generates needed funds, is shut down.  Our annual fundraiser, Party for a Purpose is postponed, probably until fall.   Hurricane season is coming.  Visit our Donation page or donate right here!

Donation for CONVID-19 impact

Volunteer hours are down, donations are down, adoptions are down, educational programs are closed= please help support the horses here!


How, as a rescue, how do you plan in times of uncertainty, when you have animals to care for but really unknown resources moving forward?  The first step is making sure people remember you, hear the horses stories, let people know what you need,  and ask for help!

Just about everything that keeps a horse rescue moving forward has been lessened, closed, or postponed.  But the horses still need DAILY care and feed.  Hay, grain, vet and farrier appts, those are still happening.  We go thru $4,000 a month in hay alone. If you are not from Naples, we have a sand base, no grass grows here naturally.  We feed hay year round.

We take in mostly young, medically needy horses, and in addition to feed and rehab costs, we still need yearly check ups (Coggins) vaccines, and hoof care, so the expenses and the work goes on, but with depleted resources.

Please visit our donation page, and help if you can.  We are still recruiting volunteers, so you can attend our orientation, its the first Sat of each month, this month we start it via ZOOM. Spend some time on our website, look at our programs, view our horses looking for homes,  Check out our FB page and follow us there or on our Instagram account, share this story w your friends! WcvRnuMeTNilEJt6Mfx6vQWe have moved our orientation online, adoption fair on hold as there is a Stay at Home order for non essential services. Caring for the horses IS essential, but an adoption fair is not.  These are very trying times, and as we move forward, please remember the horses here and everywhere that still need your help.  Just sharing our story helps!  Our donation page has links to our suppliers, you can call them and donate hay and grain, dewormers, hoof treatments and farrier work, vet appointments.  Smaller items like Fly traps, fly spray, are needed too! 

The horses miss the kids!
And yes, horses needing a home are on the increase! 

Hay and Feed Assistance for Collier County Horse Owners

Track to Trail is working with Sutherland General Store to help horse owners in need! cropped-t2t-promo-half-jpg.jpgIf you are a horse owner that has lost their job or are out of work and are struggling to feed your horse, we would like to help if we can!  We have an application for assistance for local owners, fill out this form with your information and we will be in touch!

Please only fill this in if you truly need help to care for your horses. If we are able to help, we will call in to Sutherlands,  place and pay for your order.  We realize we can’t help everyone but we certainly can help some.  If you are in the position to help others, please let us know too!  If we all pay if forward, our horses will come out healthy and happy!

If you are not sure what Sutherland’s carries, give them a call
They are doing curb side pick up only at this point, no shoppers in the store.   If you are not able to pick up due to age, illness or other reasons, we will do our best to get it to you!
Sutherland General Store is located at 11875 Collier Blvd, Naples, FL. That is just north of Golden Gate Parkway,  This is right behind the new Popeye’s Chicken Phone 239-353-3808

1. Fill out form
2. We will contact you
3. Your information will be kept PRIVATE
4. We will help people until our fund runs out!
If you would like to contribute to the fund and help local horse owners, please email us at 

Featured Friend TAG Equine

We are so lucky to have many great local professionals that volunteer, provide services and products, and in general support of our horses.

Tim Gaskell at is our featured friend this month! Not only did he come out and give our horses some wonderful grooming, knots out of tails, manes trimmed up, hearts on butts for Valentines Day, but he also donated so many of the great products that he sells to help our horses look great!

Tim is also our official shipper, providing transport services that are so far and above.

Excellent rig, super personal care, and safe safe safe. Hes provided grooming classes, and

done fundraisers, and just really been such a great partner one the past 2 years.


We can’t say enough about how much we appreciate him!
Thank you Tim Gaskell from all of the Track to Trail Volunteers and horses that are here, have adopted out, and are yet to come! Tim Gaskell

5 Ways To Help Exracehorses

0B425B78-F70B-49DD-8E6C-0152392CF707FACT:  OTTB’s (Off Track Thoroughbreds) are super cool.  They are funny,  hard working playful, athletic, and sweet.  Most of the exracehorses coming off the track are really young, just babies.  But their large size sometimes can have people forget that!  Here are a few things that helps the horses at our organization, if you are not close, I bet you can find one in your neck of the woods.

1. Showing up – When you show up, that is the best and biggest step.   Our horses need care, they need attention.  Our horses have been injured, sometimes neglected, they need physical and emotional support.  That only happens when people put their boots on, and come out and help.

How to: Register for an orientation and then get on the schedule. Super simple Start here..

2. Advocating.   Racehorses can get a bad rap, often from those who don’t actually have personal experience.   Follow us, ask us, learn from us, how amazing and wonderful these horses are.   Learn what they know, what they don’t know. You might be surprised at how educated they are even though they are young. Walk, trot, canter, gallop, lead changes, turning, stopping, they do all of this every day in work outs.  People see a race and think that is all there is- far from it!

How to:  Do your research, meet our horses, visit the backside of a track but once you know, please be sure to spread the word!  Every time we go to the track, we shoot some video of the work outs, you see horses going various speeds, directions or just standing still.  Search our archives and then spread the word!

3. Adopt – if you are looking for a new horse, please consider an ex racehorse.  Nearly everyone agrees that they should be saved. Sound or injured, but those same people often say, that is not a horse I want.  See number 2 about really understanding the breed.  We do kids and adult lessons on these horses. 8330D05E-E6E0-4C8A-9D03-45987F791BEB

How to: Come visit them, spend time, meet your match, its a bit like dating!  There is an exracehorse out there that is perfect for you!  Tbs have HUGE hearts.  It is hard not to fall in love.

4. Sponsor – Whether you are local or not, you can sponsor a horse while it is in recovery and waiting for a home! Many groups have horses that can benefit from sponsorship, this is often from people who can’t visit, don’t live locally, and just really would like to help.   That said, many of our volunteers also sponsor a horse!  It’s a monthly contribution that goes to the care of one horse, or any horse that may need it.

How To:  You can sponsor a horse right from our website!  There are a few options, you can also arrange a visit if you are local to meet your prospective horse.   You can choose which option you like!  Check it out at

5. Start your own rescue!  This is not something to take on lightly, but yet OTTB rehoming facilities do exists all over the country.  Read books, visit rescues, learn, learn, learn.  Have a long term plan, volunteer somewhere for a few years, learn what works, what doesn’t and then if you are still passionate, make the plunge!  Start small, once you have had successes, then consider expanding, or just stay small and help a few at a time.

How To: Visit us, Contact your local rescue, there are books on Amazon, let yourself dream, and in the meantime, get your volunteer time in and keep learning!  Educate yourself on Social Media, Marketing, Website Design, Accounting, Research how to start a Non Profit.  The more prepared you are, the better equipped you are to be a success for the horses you take in.