Track to Trail Thoroughbreds


Volunteers at Track to Trail

volunteer group shot august

Our orientation – August 2018

Each month the ranks of those making a difference for ex racehorses in Naples GROWS!  Our monthly orientations are full of wonderful local people who would  like to make a difference in their community, keeping it LOCAL!

Volunteers have the responsibility of feeding, caring, and rehabilitating the horses that come thru our doors.  From Fractured Sesamoids, to bowed tendons, knees that have been nearly destroyed and horses that have been starved or abused.  Every day and evening volunteers, take time out of their day to come and do something here to help.  Their love of horses and all animals binds them in this cause.

They also share our stories on FB,  bring friends and family in to volunteer and donate to our huge need of feed and hay and shavings and other misc things the horses need!

Without volunteers, we would not exist.  If you are local, please come to one of our monthly orientations, its the first Sat of every month – you can register on our VOLUNTEER PAGE  If you are not local, think about volunteering somewhere in your neck of the woods.  Giving of yourself is one of the best things you can do in life!

Tank tops for horses

Get your summer shirts here!  Tanks and V neck Hanes X Temp shirts

$25 each – the more you buy, the more you help!

Show your support!  Click here to purchase!
Don’t want a shirt?  Donate directly thru the website, at Sponsor a Horse

T-shirt Campaign

Buy a shirt and help us fundraise!  Custom shirts, unisex or women’s V neck in a variety of colors.


TTT is now a Rescue Adoption Partner w Animal Services

Exciting news! We were now a Rescue Adoption Partner with Collier County Domestic Animal Services! Specifically helping horses that come into the shelter that have physical or behavioral problems! Honored to be a part of this!

Solicitation Disclosure Statement

Track to Trail Inc. Solicitation Disclosure Statement
Financial and other information about Track to Trail, Inc.’s purpose, programs and activities can be obtained by contacting the Director at 3847 2nd Ave SE, Naples, FL  34117 239-963-7296, or  or for residents of Florida





Purple Spoon cooking class and wine tasting

Sept 30th at the Purple spoon with Chef Kristina!
Help the horses with this unique, hands on, culinary and wine tasting  experience!

$50 per person includes the Tapas class, recipes and service.
Wines can be purchases by the glass. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

Class starts at 6pm and ends around 8pm.
For reservations please email to OR call them directly at 239.908.3842
purple spoon

New Barn Party/BeMer Demo/Tacos

Join us Sat, August 26th to help celebrate the generosity of those who contributed to our shelter! We will have a BeMer Demo starting promplty at 9am, where Lisa Diamond will treat our horses and answer questions. Afterwards we will relax with cool drinks and have the most AMAZING Tacos for lunch!

if you don’t know about BeMer it is an amazing healing process, for both humans and horses, this demo will focus on Sport horses and their injuries. BeMer promotes rehabilitatiaon and muscle rejuvination! I will post links in the Discussion part of this event.

Our shelter was completed just a few weeks ago, it was construction, then water, then electric and stall mats, and fans, and so much went into this beautiful addition of 2 medical stalls and an attached shelter to protect the horses from teh incredible heat and storms we have here in the summer.
August 26th 2017
At our facility
Rsvp to us at tracktotrailthoroughbreds or join our Facebook event IMG_6686

Standards of Care

Sec. 14-77. General Standards of Care. Anyone who owns or maintains an animal-related business, animal-related organization, commercial breeder, non-commercial breeder, or rodeo must provide that animal:

Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor;

Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area;

Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment;

Freedom to express normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind; and

Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Minding Me


Recently we took two ex racehorses to a local Festival as part of our outreach program.  As you can imagine, there is a lot going on.  We had the opportunity to walk Wiley and Stevie through the section that housed the carnival.  For most horses, this would be total overload.  The festival itself, muchness the carnival.  We walked in past the games w rides eventually ending up at the Tilt-0-Whirl.  It was large, spinning, blinking and making a whole lot of noise.  A friend asked me, how do you do that?  How do you take your horse to an event like that?

The short answer is, trust like that comes from some serious work.  Imagine the canine that works with his handler, either law enforcement, or service dog, they get professional training w a handler and experience so much outside the realm of normal pet ownership, because they are working.  I think Thoroughbreds, in particular, because they have been exposed to so much, and have a wonderful work ethic, combined with their innate curiosity and play drive, make them excellent candidates for this sort of activity.



Cx race horse J/C Lattimore barn name Cypress w Bill Ricigliano of North Side Naples Kiwanis are part of the Christmas in Immokalee Celebration.  Cypress and the gang give rides to hundreds of children on Christmas Morning  There are thousands in attendance, and many distractions, but he’s such a good boy! 

When the horses arrive here, right from the very beginning they learn what behavior is appropriate.   That doesn’t mean that they are perfect or that I am perfect, simply that they know where they stand with me.

You hear a lot about herd behavior, the dominant mare, or the alpha male and how that translates into the need to be the boss of your horse.  That you need ‘respect”  You also hear that none of that is true and that is not in fact how horses react to each other.  What I look at is how the horses at our farm interact with each other.  And in fact, there is one horse, that has the ability to push everyone off the hay, off the water, directs when it is time to nap, and time to play .  None of the other horses mess with him.  And when that horse defers to me, or minds me about things, it seems to somehow resonate with the other horses.

At our training facility, its the opposite, I have to work with each horse and establish our relationship individually.  Much more work! And its not so much about being the boss, though sometimes you are, but for me, its about being grounded in myself.  Strong and confident resonates w the  horses we have here.  I am not looking for a fight, I am looking for a partner who trusts me.  If training is lacking, then that is how you start.  Most of the racehorses that come here have really great manners. They are used to being handled by professionals. Its the neglect cases that we have that usually take the most work. They have “baggage” , unfortunately.

Having appropriate boundaries is really important especially in the case where you take horses off property into situations that might be unfamiliar to them or where they could be injured or injure others.  Many times I visit a location alone and do a cursory inspection.  What challenges will be encounter, safety hazards, where are potential places to go if there are any problems.  One of the events we attended had helicopters flying in and they set off C-4 very close to where we were set up.  Having a plan and a contingency plan can’t be stressed enough.  What keeps you safe is ultimately your relationship and training.

Equine Emergency Management Plan

Officer Paul from Collier County’s Domestic Animal Services came out to discuss ways to prepare and deal with emergencies in requires to our horses.  The following is a list of what he discussed and my personal notes, along w links to outside sources. This information is specific to our county and area of Golden Gate Estates, but can be applied anywhere, taking into account your own local situation.

Establish local and out of area, out of state evacuation sites

1. Establish Phone Tree- have at least 3 people on your phone tree that can offer assistance w a trailer ride or a place to evacuate your horses.  Take into account your location– have people in different areas set up as fires,  flooding, or downed trees/power lines can make areas inaccessible.

2. Horse Identification-
Paperwork: Collier County requires proof of a  negative Coggins test as well as Rabies shots.  Have your paperwork current and with you.  You can even laminate the Coggins to protect it during storms. This is a way to identify your horse and your ownership.  You also need a current Coggins to legally transport your horse.  Boarding facilities may also require horses have certain vaccines, check your local facilities to see what is required for them to accept your horse. f you have recently acquired a horse, have a copy of your bill of sale in your paperwork. Current close up photos of your horse can help too, especially to post on social media should your horse get loose

Physically mark your horse:

-ID cards for your breakaway halter
-ID bands that go on neck, or coronet
-Grease pencils can be used to write your number on your horses side ( as can spray paint but that washes off easier)  or on the horses hooves
-main and/or tail braids

3. Evacuation Kit
– Paperwork mentioned above
-Feed for at least 5 days
-Any medications needed
-First Aid Kit
-Vet and/or Emergency Vet number

Here are some things you can do to prepare

-Keep fencing in good condition

-In case of hurricane, put away as much as you can that will be picked up by the wind and store in a secure location. Flying objects can seriously injure your horse.

-Dead or dying trees should be removed, branches trimmed, they can come down and injure a horse, damage a fence or in the case of fire, add to the problem.  Down trees can also block access to trailers and vet vehicles that may need to access your property.

-Water – if you are out here on well water be aware that if you loose power you will loose access to  water – portable generators or a simple hand pump added to your well will ensure that you have clean fresh water.  Remember in the summer here water goes bad quickly, access to FRESH water is necessary.

Here it is common to hear people talk of  letting their horses “go” in case of a major hurricane coming in, with the thought that the horses are safer out of the barn, where they may be trapped.  Ability to be in a large area can be beneficial without a hurricane proof barn, but they also can be punctured by flying objects, stepping on all sorts of things (boards with nails and are at risk of running out onto a street.  Your best plan of attack if you feel your barn is not a safe structure is to have a large pasture, free of debris, with a solid fence.  Remember that hurricanes often spawn tornadoes  As always, make the best decision for your horse and your situation.  In fire conditions, Never leave horses trapped in a barn.  Ever.

– Call Sheriff’s AG Unit 239-252-9300 (if your horse is missing, call AG unit first!
– Domestic Animal Services 239-252-7387
-Golden Gate Estates Horse Owners FB page
-Lost Pets of Collier County FB Page
-Microchip company if chip is found

Think about – if you find a horse, it may be sick or have parasites, keep it at least 30 feet away from your horses.  If you use your halter and lead line to catch an unknown horse, sanitize it before using it on your horse.  Same for feed and water buckets

With hurricanes feed and hay supplies can be destroyed, both at your home, boarding facility and local stores. Supply chains can be disrupted throughout the state .  You may consider storing feed and hay cubes inside your home or garage.  Hay cubes are a substitute for hay, a complete forage. Hay pellets are not, and do not meet the horses need for fiber.  Cubes are an easy way to stockpile for an emergency.  In any evacuation situation, as horses are moved, people are often needing to buy more hay and feed as theirs has been left behind or destroyed, so local feed stores may run out of supplies.  Its a good idea to have extra food even if you are not in the evacuation area.  the same with vet supplies and medications, your vet is going to be busy and  may run out of supplies,  keep a supply medication that you might need.