About Us


Please visit our website for more information about our organization.



For a complete list of our adoptable horses and their biographies, please visit the Available Horses page on our website.


We are also on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/tampatrot.

Adopting A Friend

All potential adopters must submit an adoption application and are screened. All horses are adopted with a adoption contract (called Horse Adoption Agreement and Conditional Bill of Sale). It includes a 60-day trial period, a one year probationary period and a two year Right of First Refusal. It is a conditional lifetime bill of sale and all requirements and restrictions contained in the contract, including but not limited to TROT to regain ownership, care, custody and control of the Adopted Horse, shall remain in effect regardless of change or purported changes in ownership or possession of the Adopted Horse at a later date.


All adopters are required to provide written status reports with pictures in the third, sixth and twelve month. Out of state adopters will have more frequent reporting requirements. We also may perform random site visits. The Adopted Horse must never be raced or sold at auction or sent to slaughter. We need to ensure that each horse is thriving as we owe it to them. We also owe this to the owners and trainers who donated these horses to our program.


All adopters must be approved before making an appointment to see our horses.

For more information on our adoption process, please visit the Adoption & Fostering page on our website - http://tampatrot.org/adoption_fostering.html.

Who We Are

Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, Inc. (commonly referred to as TROT) is a Thoroughbred aftercare program and 501(c)(3) dedicated to the safe retirement from racing, rehabilitation, retraining and re-homing of Tampa's racing Thoroughbreds.


TROT recognizes the potential that retiring Thoroughbreds offer, and is able to assist them transition to the next phase of their lives. With the support of the racing industry and the community, we can raise awareness about the importance of Thoroughbred retirement and make a difference in the lives of these equine athletes.


TROT started out as Thunder Bay Horse Rescue, Inc. in 2003. In 2009, the name changed to Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, Inc. After meeting with Tampa Bay Downs and the Tampa Bay Downs HBPA before the 2009/2010 live racing meet, TROT became the official Thoroughbred aftercare program for the track.


Since its inception in 2009 and through February 28, 2014, TROT has accepted fifty-six (56) horses into its program. Forty-one (41) horses have been re-homed and four (4) horses had to be euthanized due to fatal disease or injury. Ten (10) horses remain in our program at this time. The average stay in our program is 215 days.


All of the horses in our program were donated to TROT by their racing owners/trainers during the live racing meet at Tampa Bay Downs. Some horses come back to our program for various reasons such as adopter surrender, 60-day trail period return or repossession by TROT.


Based on our current funding, we are limited to taking horses from racing owners/trainers during the live racing meet at Tampa Bay Downs. We currently do not take horses from non-racing owners.


We are a 100% volunteer run organization. We rely on the support of Tampa Bay Downs, the Tampa Bay Downs the horsemen, grants and the general public. If you cannot adopt a horse at this time, please consider making a financial donation to our organization. We cannot do what we do with this support.

Contact Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, Inc. (commonly referred to as TROT)


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