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Adoption       Adoption Partner        Foster       CHAPS



1.  Complete the appropriate application: 

2.  Send in the required farm/boarding facility photos HERE

3.  Expect a call to discuss your ideal horse, to share your knowledge and make an appointment to meet the horses! (Adopters are welcome to have a veterinarian exam the horse.)



It is costly if a match is not perfect; another reason why making a loving match is our goal!

(We recommend that you bring your trailer to choose your horse for an appt. onsite at Cream Ridge, NJ. If you don't have a trailer we can recommend shippers.)



SRF’s goal is to make a great match for you and the horse so you can both share a lifetime of enjoyment together.




  • Adopters must be over 18 years old or parent/guardian who will be responsible

  • Must have sufficient horse care knowledge to adopt

  • Decisions are based on the applicant's horse knowledge, honesty, the safety of the facility, references (non-relatives), photographs, and fit with SRF's mission


General Terms for Adoption:


  • BOARDING: If you plan to board your horse, a lien release signed by the boarding facility. It can be accessed below, faxed or mailed to you.

  • SHIPPING: Shipping is the adopter's responsibility, SRF has a list of shippers if needed.

  • DONATION: SRF asks for an adoption donation, it varies based on the horse's age, training, and physical ability.  An adoption donation is not expected for "Pasture Mates" or “Companion” horses.

  • AGREEMENT: Part of the agreement is your willingness to comply with having your veterinarian complete the Veterinarian Follow-up Form at the time of spring and fall inoculations. Veterinarians do not charge extra to complete this form.  With 4,500 adoptions this is the most efficient way to be sure every horse remains safe in its home. 

  • RESTRICTIONS: Horses adopted from SRF can never be bred, used for embryo transfer, raced, sold, used for commercial purposes, or given away. We are looking for lifetime homes. If for some unforeseen reason, an adopter can no longer provide good care for the horse, the adopter is required to find another loving home that must be approved FIRST by SRF. The potential adopter must be screened by SRF and a new caregiver contract must be completed prior to movement.

  • OTHER: SRF must be notified before a horse moves to a new facility, within ten days of serious injury or illness, and/or in the event of a horse's death/euthanasia.

Please call 609-738-3255 or email if you would like to have

the application mailed to your house.



  • Work with the horse to get him ready for a new loving adopted home, this means working with him on his gaits under saddle so he has a collected trot and can go into a canter. SRF will provide information on techniques.

  • Help find him a home by sharing that you have this horse available for adoption through SRF-

  • Speak with approved adopters to make an appointment to come meet the horses. SRF will screen these applicants first.



  • Good care

  • Experience with care and training (SRF has information on training gaits)

  • A stall 11x 11 minimum, or a field or paddock with a 3-sided shelter

  • Daily turnout

  • Free access to water and hay 24/7


 Can You Choose the Horse?

Yes, we will profile those available and often will put you in touch with the person at the facility where they are presently located. Most will come from quarantine facilities we use.

We generally have a video for those that came from kill pen situations. The facilities will share some information and you can visit, if you like, to choose your partner. We do ask that you narrow down your choices first as these facilities have limited time to spend with you.


Where The Horses Originate From:

Many of the horses SRF has in need of a home come from a racing background and then went on to work in the rural areas as transportation and working horses. Some come right from the track. Some come from the farm SRF uses, others from the hands of dealers and auctions where their next step would be for slaughter. A few come right off the track.


Age Ranges

This varies greatly. SRF also has mares in foal, and mares with their foal.


We hope that you can arrange to pick up your horse, if not we will try to arrange this. We do require that you return the horse if you cannot complete your commitment.


Other Needs the Horses May Have:

Some horses may need to slowly build up their muscle.

Slowly build up their time under saddle.


SRF’S Role:

In a charitable world, SRF asks for all expenses to be covered until the horse finds his loving home. We do understand that not everyone can do this. If you can offer such a gift, we are very grateful. We understand that there may be a time when medical expenses will arise. If you need help with these expenses, SRF must approve all medical treatments before any treatment can be provided and there are limits.  



Most accountants agree that what you spend on the horse will be tax-deductible, but please consult with him or her.


You will be provided half the adoption fee SRF will receive to offset your expenses, the fees range from $600-1600 depending on the horse.




Consult with your accountant for details on deductions as a foster home!

Being a "Foster Friend" means you are taking care of a horse until he finds a home.


Different ways to foster a horse

  • Full foster means you will cover all costs including veterinary care, however, if any surgeries or extensive care is needed SRF does not expect you to cover this expense. If you choose to do so it is appreciated. SRF is unable to cover these expenses either. If extensive veterinary care is needed it must be discussed with SRF's consulting veterinarian. There are times when humane euthanasia is considered. 

  • Fosters take on all expenses, but it can vary once discussed with our Placement Director.

  • Many of our "Foster Friends" are guided by their accountant so they receive a tax deduction for the monies spent.

 We thank you for your interest and please call us at (609) 738-3255 if you have any questions. 


CHAPS Program

Companion Horse Assistance Program 

At the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, we take in horses from all walks of life; some have worked very hard and taken on countless injuries - both on the track and in the fields.

Those horses, our companion / pasture only horses, are also in need of loving homes. We understand that adopting a sweet pasture horse has some additional elements of care, so we are offering an assistance program to anyone who wants to offer them a forever home. 

  1. The SRF will reimburse Caregiver up to $350, annually, for any pre-approved care administered by a licensed veterinarian for injuries or illnesses of horse when the paid receipt accompanies the invoice from a licensed veterinary care provider.  Caregiver to contact SRF via phone or email to obtain pre-approval. The paid receipt should accompany a Veterinary Follow-Up Form submitted to the SRF office by June 15th.

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