No, I am not talking flying lead changes or simple changes. I am talking about Changing Leads the equine charity!
In February of 2014, Changing Leads started on their mission to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome ex-racehorses. They trust and rely on their network of trainers, owners, exercise riders, and other track employees to give them accurate information on each horse so they can give each horse the best start to their second career.
So far, they have rehomed 40 horses to homes that love and care for them to the max.
Their goal is to help with efforts that the racing industry has put in place to promote racehorse welfare both during and after their racing careers. They receive horses how are ready to start their second careers and rehabilitate them as needed. Changing Leads primarily focuses on transitioning horses into sport horses for the disciplines of eventing and hunter/jumper. Kirstin Murphy and Dennis Murphy, Jr. work with horses daily out of Longview Farms in Alabama. They believe that the retraining period is vital to the horse’s success in their second career.
You might have even seen some of their OTTBs at last year’s Retired Race Horse Project! I remember watching one of their horses go in the hunter ring and thought it was absolutely gorgeous.
Changing Leads Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are all horse lovers who have a passion for Thoroughbreds. Their President and Treasurer even owns a few racehorses!