All I want for Christmas is a good home for my horse. Lease, borrow, give whatever...I have tried and tried the giveaways. I think about Christmas and who he might make a good friend to. It is so hard for me to keep him now, board isn't that costly, ($160) but when my dad is laid off and my family is being evicted out of our home, we can't get a new house without a steady income, the bank is going to kick us out in 15 days.
It breaks my heart but I have to keep trying, there has got to be someone out there who can give him a better home than I can.
I guess I just need to cry to someone, Please send prayers, jingles, thoughts our way.
I know ABR gets its share of derision around here but the folks there can be pretty good about helping to find a home for a horse in need. You could try posting over there? (and they do love former racehorses)
I have a 10 yo OTTB. No asking price, It would help if I could get a little bit out of him, but I am more concerned about him being in a good home. So he is free to an approved home. His down side is he has navicular. But he has been doing great. He can jump if you have decent footing to jump in. but mine is not.
I am so sorry your family is going through such a difficult time. The economy really stinks.
Since you are in California, I'd try calling the CANTER affiliate there. While they may not be able to put him on their site, perhaps they know of someone who is interested in an OTTB that has some off-track training. Certainly, they may have some ideas for you.
I helped someone give away a horse a couple of years ago and one of the first things I did was contact the rescues in my area. None of them were able to take her but they all sent out emails to their extensive lists. In the end this pony went to a riding school where she has flourished. Perhaps you could work off some of the board where you are until you find him a home. In the case I just mentioned, the barn owners were willing to let the owner pay them back over time after the pony had left. I paid some of their bills and let their daughter work it off with babysitting and pet care.