Our mission is to be a refuge for noncompetitive, often injured racehorses providing a peaceful environment and skilled hands to assist in their development as pleasure mounts. To place these horses in experienced loving homes that will continue their education, so each has a skill and therefore, a future.
Our Adoption Program believes in the talent and potential of Thoroughbreds coming off the track. It endeavors to stand in the gap providing a transitional haven and skilled hands, loving care and tough love, a future of hope and a brighter tomorrow.
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Accreditation
While we are not a recognized Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) Accredited organization, we are the only rehabilitation, retraining, adoption group that is recognized by all Thoroughbred racing participants in Iowa. In fact, HART’s Board is constructed to have a representative of each group, specially The Iowa Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (IA HBPA), Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Associations (ITBOA), Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino (PMRC), and the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC).
We are not able to obtain TAA Accreditation because our goal is to bring horses into the program, heal them if needed, retrain as much as required, and finally find them a safe nurturing home as quickly as possible. Thus, we fall short of the TAA Accreditation guidelines requiring a minimum of five horses in our program at any time. The number of horses in our program varies dramatically, solely dependent on each individual horse’s need, and we cannot guarantee we’ll have five horses in the program year-round. When at such time the TAA Accreditation guidelines allow organizations such as ours to become accredited we will immediately apply.