At-risk warhorses are prepared to transition into new careers after the track. Young equestrians and aspiring horsemanship leaders are prepared to transition into the professional horse industry. In a virtuous circle, LOPE benefits both at-risk racehorses and deserving students as they teach each other through consistent, practical and purpose-driven work.
They have so much heart, athleticism and intelligence — all they need is a chance to find purpose after the finish line.
LOPE believes that every ex-racehorse is waiting to be someone’s special champion — whether as a trail horse, show competitor or just plain pet.
Each horse is special to us — and we believe that each horse needs a job, a special vocation, in order to be happy and true to its nature.
In early 2020 (right before the pandemic hit), LOPE was chosen to be part of a Richard Linklater produced CBS television docuseries call That Animal Rescue Show. During the filming, we described our work with warhorses and youth education. At their request, we did demonstrations with the horses — and explained why our slow approach was so important to the horses (and to the young people who learn from them).