Track to Trail Thoroughbreds


Working in the Horse Industry

Whether you are looking for a part time job or a life long career, applying as a volunteer or maybe considering your own horse, we have a new program that meets your needs

Safety, consistency, time management and best practices are keys to horses

As an employee, volunteer, horse owner – you want to understand how to correctly do a few things to start. As an employer, you want someone with a solid set of basic skills, horse related but also a good work ethic, time management, critical thinking, and solid communication skills. This can be lacking across the industry.

Our First Course is Sat-Sunday March 13-14th 2021

  1. Horse handling – how to catch, halter, lead, go thru gates and turn out procedures
  2. Mucking- types of shavings, how to muck quickly but efficiently. Bedding for injuries and stall rest
  3. Nutrition and feeding protocols
  4. Wound treatment
  5. Tie, groom and bath a horse (learn quick release knots, cross ties, ground tie)
  6. Tack – the basics
  7. Colic – how to spot it and what to do
  8. Lameness- spot the first signs of lameness
  9. Hoof Abcesses- how to spot and treatTime Management – learn how to accomplish your tasks
  10. Getting a job How to find one, and what questions should you ask of your potential employer? Are you looking for full or part time? This course will help you bring much needed knowledge!

    Class goes 10-3pm March 13th-14thCost $150 for the two days, bring a packed lunch and a refillable water
    bottle. REGISTER

Long hours, in all weather conditions, with horses that are not always cooperative. Working with horses might be tougher than you think!

COMING IN JUNE (7th-11th)
A week long immersion course with well known professionals here each day to cover specific careers in addition to delving into the above topics in depth! This will be a fairly fast paced week!
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Feb 2021 -whats coming up?

January saw the adoption of two horses and the intake of one. As we move into February we are preparing one of our horses, Wonder What’s Next for spinal surgery. He has been diagnosed with Kissing Spine Disease. We and we will transport him to Brandon Equine where Dr. Richtor will perform the surgery. He will remain in the clinic for a few days then we can bring him home. There will be 3 weeks of stall rest, then an additional three w some specific exercises, and then a reassessment.

Salty Celebration, aka MAC will be getting a reassessment for a torn tendon. He was injured back in Nov/Dec and came to us mid January. He’s expected to need a few more months of rest then be suitable for flat work, lower level dressage, trail riding. Dr Richtor is the vet who saw him initially with his previous owners, so she will continue with him here.

Feb 14th We will be at the Nawty Hogg for Valentines Day.
Feb 22nd We will be at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort for a a benefit for the Gulfshore Playhouse


The Girls POWER UP Program sees the addition of Weds 4:30-6:30. This class is limited to 4 students

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.




Naples Horse Rescue seeks new home

Track to Trail Inc, a Naples, FL,  an all volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit needs a new home!

Collier County, Florida:
Located in Pine Ridge Estates, the off-track thoroughbred rehabilitation facility is in need of a larger more conducive property for the healing of injured racehorses.  We seek our own property, thru donation, funding or long term lease to continue our mission.

How we arrived in Pine Ridge Estates
Our original location out in Golden Gate Estates took a tremendous hit with Hurricane Irma and we had to relocate in order to continue.  Extensive damage with fences down, shelter roof missing, feed room gone and tack room gone, flooding, it was too much to overcome while still tending to the horses.

We made the decision to move into town, renting a large commercial barn.  That was a blessing with being able to meet so many lovely people that wanted to help, and certainly provided a temporary fix to our situation.   A really urban environment though with and all the traffic, noise and commotion that comes with it are just not in the horses best interest long term.  They need room to run, they need shade, and a tranquil environment to promote healing.  Over the summer we have moved half of our horses back to our original location.   They are back to running, playing and being happy, but this location is too small to accommodate the organization we have grown to be in the last two years.  We need to find a place that encompasses both of these worlds, a great barn for rehab and educational programs with the ability for the horses to have what they need to thrive.

We want to find a location where we can continue to help these amazing horses as well as continue our girls programs and our free Reading to Racehorses literacy program, while giving the horses room to run, with plenty of shade and the tranquility.  

Our Educational Programing  and how that works w exracehorses…

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Michaela working with He’s The One to work on trust confidence to improve his chances of being adopted

We have been featured by the Naples Daily News, ABC, Fox4, NBC2, WINK and many other local media outlets!

We take in injured racehorses, mainly from Gulfstream Park, but also local horses that are in need when we can.  Thru a huge core volunteer group (100+), we rehabilitate the ex racehorses and look to place them in local homes with loving families.

Something very unique that we do is pair these racehorses w the kids in our programs, to help them transition.  The kids learn all about taking care of them, helping them heal, learning to ride again, and see them come full circle when they adopt out from our program.  The program teaching the kids all about horsemanship skills, but also self-confidence, courage, empathy, and focus, so many life skills.  They learn to really care for others. Read more….



Teddy is an exracehorse (Sunnynseventyfive) that came to us from Gulfstream Park with an injury that required 12 months of rehabilitation. Here is Chrissy working with him at liberty until he is ready to return to riding.

The severity of the injuries mean most horses are with us 6-12 months for the healing and rehabilitation part of their stay, and then are available for adoption to qualified homes in Lee and Collier County.   We need both stalls, small paddocks and large areas as the horses go thru this process.  Most of our horses suffer injuries and arthritis related to those injuries, having them in small stalls and paddocks without the ability to move sufficiently makes arthritic conditions worse.    The very best thing is for them to be outside moving as much as possible.  We need dry areas and shelter/shade for them, in addition to a barn for the critical cases when they arrive.


Ariel B came to us with a fractured knee, set to be euthanized, our volunteers and girls program nursed her back to health.  She was successfully rehomed! 



Our Girls Program working with Eliot (Track Shill), who is now a deputy w the Lee County Sheriff’s Dept.   His new name is Maverick!


Jackson (Irene’s Song) came in at age 18 hardly able to walk, thin w muscles that had atrophied and permanent nerve damage on his back.   His attitude was very defensive.  The girls showed him that life can be good!  They helped w his Physical Therapy and the Emotional Support he needed.  He is successfully rehired right here in Collier County!

Judith Cohen Youth Center comes to Track to Trail

We were delighted to be able to host a group of 14 children from the Judith Cohen Youth Center at our training facility.  What smart intuitive kids!

They arrived with no prior experience and learned to help and worked w our volunteers to halter, lead, feed, groom, bath and work with horses.  It was amazing how quickly they caught on and how much they really formed bonds not only with the horses but each other as the day progressed.  Team work, compassion, grit.   They had it all.  So proud that we are able to offer programs like these while fulfilling our mission to help rehabilitate and rehome ex racehorses and other horses in need.  Our hearts were overflowing…  Thanks to Hilary Shore, Executive Director and all the staff at JCYC for making this possible!



OTTB Rescue- Strong Hearts Needed

(still in edit stage) So many people want to get into horse rescue.  They see horses in need, locally, online, on facebook, how could you not want to help?  But before you veer off, check your heart.

I would ask you, is your heart strong enough?   Most people that get into real rescue have huge hearts, they just can’t help not helping!  But its only a strong heart that will carry you though if you are starting your own.  Its not for the faint of heart.  Thats a really true statement.

A really huge heart can sometimes get you in trouble, taking on too much, overestimating how much others may help, even being a bit blinded to the reality of what it takes to feed, rehabilitate, house, and properly care for multiple horses    If you are working with OTTB’s they are likely young, and perhaps have injuries that take months to heal.

You may get into rescue thinking you will feel good, helping these horses, when in fact you may not feel so good at all.  The times you have a sick horse that you can’t help, an owner that is begging you to take the horse but you are full, the owner who is starving the horse that won’t surrender it, the time you posted something someone didn’t like on FB and you were bashed all over social media.  That time you made a decision about a horse that someone somewhere didn’t agree with and gosspped about your decision to anyone that would listen. That time you didn’t have enough funds to feed the horses.  All of those times that people said they would help you, and they didn’t.  The time you had a fire, flood, tornado,  or hurricane, and felt helpless, worried sick about the horses in your charge.  All of these things, they put little holes in your heart and they can ADD UP.   If you did’t have a strong heart, you end up with a broken heart.  Pretty quickly


When you feel that you have been emotionally, physically, and financially bled dry, can you find a way to push that down and climb right over it to soldier on?  While still caring for the horses?  While still caring for yourself?  You need a strong heart.

Don’t sit and worry about what may happen, sit and strategize to what concrete steps you are going to take to move forward.  There is a solution out there, but you have to think of it  There isn’t really anyone out there that can do this better than you. If there is someone better out there – ask them for help – and have a strong heart.
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The reality is, that most people can’t do this long term.  But if you are determined, and might I say really stubborn, there are ways forward

Surround yourself with people that support your mission with action, not words.  Who is really willing to do the work, boots on the ground sort of thing

Go in with your eyes wide open   People start rescues without realizing the huge amount of work that goes into it, forming your non profit, getting insurance, creating waivers, adoption applications and contracts, owner surrender forms, forming a volunteer group, and providing training so they can accomplish their goals,  organizing events and fund raisers, maintaining trucks/ trailers, farm equipment, fencing, shelters, maintaining your accounting, web site, social media presence, this is just a few of the many many things that you will need to do in addition to the huge job of taking care of the horses- from the stand point of time, money and knowledge.  There is a huge difference between owning horses and running a rescue and rehabilitating them and possibly retraining them for adoption.  Again, surround yourself with people who can actually help with these tasks.  You just can’t do it alone.  Not forever.

Accept only the horses you can help.  Thats a tough one.  If you are at max capacity, how will you feed and care for that next one that you just HAD to make room for.  The reality is the other horses will have to do without something. And then maybe theres another one, or a horse you have adopted out gets returned, now you have 2 or 3 extras over your capacity.  Believe me it happens.  You have to decide for yourself based on your help and finances and ability to adopt out how many horses you can take care of properly.

Ask for help!  If you find yourself in a situation where you have to many horses, can’t afford feed, what ever the situation you have to be able to not be embarrassed and ask for help.  I have seen people try to hide things like this, keeping visitors away, putting horses “out back” so that nobody can see them.  Hoping things will get better.  They don’t

Its hard when we have huge hearts and try our best and end up in a bad situation.   You may be afraid of local gossip, FB bashing, but if you are honest and let folks you really do need help, mostly they help.  Asking other rescues to take one or two of your own, looking for fosters, host an adoption fair, ask your local community to support a food drive.  Just be sure to ask someone.

Look for solutions
Whether you are driving in your car, dragging the pasture, having lunch – keep your brain focused not on worry but on problem solving.  Stay very far away from the what if – what if I don’ have money for feed, what if I can’t adopt out any horses, you have to change that around to How Do I- Again, form a plan of action. If that doesn’t work, try something else. The more important thing is to not shut down and not let the quality of care slip away

this is an ongoing piece of work, check back for edits, more info, and sources of help!
Be well my friends and leg up!