Changing Leads Thoroughbred Retraining Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming retired Thoroughbred racehorses.
Our goal is to support the racing industry's efforts to prioritize the welfare of horses during. their racing careers and to promote a partnership in their aftercare. To that end, Changing Leads is committed to helping revitalize the use of Off-Track Thoroughbreds in popular equine sporting disciplines, particularly hunter/jumper, eventing, and dressage. We believe that professional retraining is imperative to a successful transition from racehorse to sporthorse.
Changing Leads accepts former Thoroughbred racehorses that are serviceably sound and, ideally, ready to transition to a second career. We rehabilitate them as necessary and begin retraining them for second careers as pleasure or sport horses, particularly in the hunter/jumper and eventing disciplines. Our program operates out of Longview Farms in Alabama, where professional hunter/jumper trainers Kirstin Murphy and Dennis Murphy, Jr. work with the horses on a daily basis through the crucial transition period, teaching and reinforcing new skills with patience and persistence, and turning them into amateur-friendly companions.
Since beginning operations in February 2014, 40 horses have been retrained and rehomed through the Changing Leads program. Personal relationships are fundamentally important to our program; we trust our racing network of owners, trainers, exercise riders, and veterinarians to provide us with honest assessments of horses before they enter the program. Similarly, we only place our horses with those we know will care for them, love them, and ensure their safety and happiness.
The pride and excitement we feel when a horse is placed for a new career is impossible to measure, and our admiration for these amazing animals grows with every Thoroughbred that passes through our program.