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Whether you have donated or adopted a horse or simply want to better the lives of the long-term residents of the farm, please consider a monetary gift. You may request that your donation be directed to a certain horse or for a certain purpose. As a unique gift idea, you may also make a donation in someone else’s name. To help the horses with your tax-deductible gift of financial support, just click below to access a secure server: Think you would be a good fit? Get in touch for more information!
American Standardbred Adoption Program, Inc. was founded in 1994 by a small group of dedicated individuals and professionals who saw a need for a placement service for non-racing Standardbreds. This placement service honors and serves the people and horses within the harness racing industry around the country, with special emphasis on Standardbreds in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The American Standardbred Adoption Program also serves as a rescue facility and sanctuary for abandoned, abused, or neglected horses of all breeds, and is listed by the Humane Society of the United States as a humane equine rescue organization. Horses of all other breeds are accepted into placement by ASAP, Inc. A great deal of the American Standardbred Adoption Program’s efforts center around educating young people about horsemanship and harness racing. Youth programs focus on youth at risk and youth with disabilities, offering ASAP’s facilities on an ongoing basis for community service or schooling involving horsemanship and riding or driving. The American Standardbred Adoption Program seeks only the most qualified homes in the hopes of obtaining permanent placement for each horse in its care. A contract must be signed by potential adopters as a prerequisite to acquiring a horse through our program. An adoption fee is required. ASAP, Inc. is comprised entirely of volunteers that assist in every aspect of horse adoptions, from picking up a horse at the track or stabling facility at no cost to the donor, to office duties, to participation in exhibits, demonstrations, and rescue efforts nationwide
A Charitable Organization:
ASAP is a charity that dedicates every waking moment to helping horses in need. Some horses don’t need more than a different career – a dignified retirement – an alternative to racing when they aren’t doing what they were bred to do. These horses are sound, younger, healthy, and easy to place. This makes up a majority of the donated horses. They are referred, picked up, boarded, and placed with qualified families within a short time of arriving at ASAP. Then there are the rescue cases – the horses coming off feedlots – or the horses that come out of emergency situations where their immediate welfare is in grave danger. These horses need special attention and a special, carefully selected feeding plan. They require more intense veterinary treatment, and, usually more emergency veterinary treatment. Our veterinarians do not volunteer their time or their services to ASAP. Since 1994 ASAP has been responsible for payment in full for services rendered for everything from floating teeth to emergency calls for colic or other urgent situations. The veterinarians charge us for every interstate health certificate – every coggins test – and with no apologies. ASAP relies on adoption fees and individual donations to pay the bills. The horses referred to ASAP are sometimes irreversibly lame. They have incurred hock injuries, stifle injuries, blindness, ankle injuries, EPM, or are sometimes simply aged. These horses are not turned away by ASAP, but are brought back to the farm for rehabilitation if it is possible. If rehabilitation is not possible, these horses become sanctuary horses. These horses live out their years at the ASAP farm and are loved, cared for, and given the best the world has to offer them simply because they are part of the ASAP family. These horses are funded by adoption fees generated by adoptions on healthy horses. They are also supported by sponsorship money and individual donations. We simply do not receive enough monetary donations. The harness racing industry is indebted to the former racing champions who now find themselves in permanent retirement at ASAP, but to date this debt has not paid in full. Those of you who value our services to the standardbred and all other breeds can help by urging organizations to support the horses in care at ASAP. But you can make a difference yourself, today, right now, by saying the safety and well-being of these horses matters.
No one working with ASAP Inc. receives a salary or commission.
All board members and officers are volunteers.
ASAP does not charge any racing owner or other owners for shipping their horses.
ASAP director’s husband is a saint! He is the resident “veterinarian” who administers shots and gives special treatment to horses in need. He also is quite handy with building fences and shelters, and hauling horses. He can put on 1,100 miles in a 24 hour period without needing more than a “thank you!”
Veterinarians do not donate any of their time or services to ASAP, despite our pleas.
Farriers do not donate any of their time or services to ASAP, despite our pleas.
Attorneys do not donate any of their time or services to ASAP. ASAP legal fees cost $350 per hour. Irresponsibility on the part of an adopter at times makes legal action unavoidable to protect the horse.
We do not give monetary refunds for horses – adopters pay a service fee at the time of adoption.
Veterinarian bills run into the thousands each year. Farrier bills vary, but average $100 to $150 for each trip to trim or shoe horses in care.
Horse’s average length of stay before being adopted is three weeks for young, sound, well-trained horses, and one year for aged or injured horses.
Foster farms are encourage to board horses at no cost to ASAP. When board is charged, ASAP’s cost is $2 per day per horse. In the past our board bills have averaged $25 per day.
We have in the past received only $1,500 per year from harness racing organizations. The rest of our donations come soley from private parties, most of whom are owners of horses who donate a horse to us and believe in our program.
Most of the horses up for adoption are in top condition. Many of them are right off the racing season and have been exercised regularly and have had routine veterinary exams. All horses up for adoption have had Coggins tests. Of course, a few of the horses are in need of rest or possible vet care. Each horse is its own special case.
Once we receive your application, it usually only takes a few days to be approved or disapproved. Once you are approved, we will inform you on the various horses that are available. You can then make arrangements to meet the horse or horses you are interested in. Once you’ve found your new friend, all you have to do is pay your adoption fee and get your Standardbred home.
All Standardbreds are naturally gaited. They either pace or trot. Pacers are more common. Standardbreds are receptive learners and can learn just about any gait you can teach. Many of the horses in our program have gone on to compete and win in many national titles and many different gaits and competitions.
Many of the horses have been broke to saddle already. Most of them have been handled and trained very well during their racing careers. If your horse is not broke to ride, it will most likely already have great ground manners and will lift all its legs and tolerate any tack you might need. Standardbreds are known for their great dispositions, and breaking to saddle isn’t very difficult with a little experience and time.
A healthy Standardbred should easily live to be 30 years old. The mandatory retirement age for a harness racing horse is 14. There are horses in our program in any age group. Most of the horses up for adoption have many healthy years ahead of them. All they need is a loving home.
Each horse has a story of its own. Some of the horses were not fast enough to win their races, and others had minor injury and the owner chose to retire the horse instead of risking further injury. Other horses reached mandatory retirement.
Many people think that because the horse is up for adoption, nobody wants it and it has no value. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Many of our horses have a market value well into the thousands, but the owners were more concerned with finding a good home for them. Most harness racers are good people and build a strong bond with their horses over a racing career. Many of them choose to put their horses in the adoption program knowing that they will go to good, caring homes. Once a horse goes to market, who knows what will happen to that horse. Once a horse is put in our program, we know where that horse is.
All of the money for adoption fees goes back into the program. Your adoption fee goes directly to food, vet care, and all the other expenses that come along with this type of work. If you adopt a horse, you won’t just be helping the animal you adopt. You will be helping all the other horses that get placed in ASAP.