Retired Racehorse Project

Our mission statement is two-fold; “to provide emotional healing through equine interaction, and to provide safe, restorative homes for retired racehorses.”  We accomplish this by re-training these wonderful athletes after they retire from the racetrack, and finding them a perfect match for a new home.  At Healing Arenas, we are serious about our Projects.

We’ve attained accreditation from the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance in 2020.  The TAA is the nation’s only Thoroughbred Aftercare organization that offers accreditation for non-profits.  This is an important step in the life of Healing Arenas, to gain validity and funding.

Our Equine Committee consists of Sue Greene (California Thoroughbred Breeder’s Association former President and now Secretary), Christine Sakata, RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) and Julie Baker (former exercise rider at all California thoroughbred racetracks, and licensed California Horse Racing Board Assistant Trainer, horse trainer and EAGALA certified Equine Professional).  The Committee adopted and signed the following as permanent Policies and Procedures for all equines (all documents are available for viewing at the links provided):

  1. The American Horse Council’s National Welfare Code of Practice – found here:
  2. Healing Arenas Adoption Application – accessible here:
  3. EAGALA Code of Ethics  – found here:
  4. Healing Arenas Equine Surrender Form – to surrender your racehorse to Healing Arenas (fillable online)
  5. Euthanasia Policy –
  6. Intake Form / Horse ID Sheet –
  7. Jockey Club “Sold as Retired from Racing” Form – please fill out online to surrender your horse with the Equine Surrender Form (this form is sent to the Jockey Club)
  8. Release of Liability Waiver Form –
  9. Risk Management Policy – please email us for a copy.

We’re paying tribute to one of the best horses we’ve ever had the pleasure to care for.  Viva Pentelicus (Viva) was with us for 11 years – and helped countless populations of people heal from trauma, gain confidence and so much more.  From probationers, to veterans, to trafficking victims, to first responders and more, Viva allowed people space to learn about themselves and practice new ways to live life.  His name is forever etched on our hearts… we miss you already, Veev…

Below are just a few of our program graduates, during their re-training days, and in their new careers!

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Mailing:  1362 Hwy 395, Suite 102 #65
Gardnerville NV 89410

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Healing Arenas, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Tax ID # 46-5016733