In 2006, Thoroughbred owner John Hettinger dedicated 1,000 acres of his farm to a permanent haven for retired Thoroughbreds. Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue (ATBR) in Pawling, New York, is Hettinger’s living legacy and a paradigm of Thoroughbred aftercare.
On any given day, ATBR is home to over 150 horses. Some of these horses are in training for a new career, while others will live out the remainder of their days at Akindale. To combat the rising number of horses in need ATBR is intensifying its search for permanent adopters. Executive director Erin Pfister says adopters must realize that horse adoptions are long-term commitments.