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Beyond the Track - Retraining the Thoroughbred from Racehorse to Riding Horse

Horse Books

Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of Beyond the Track by Anna Morgan Ford with Amber Heintzberger. Renowned for their amazing athleticism and unparalleled work ethic, and famed for their “great heart” and willingness to go the extra mile, off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) have proven to be the ultimate equine partner in a host of disciplines: dressage, eventing, hunter/jumpers, trail riding—even barrel racing! Now discover all you need to know to find the right OTTB and give him the solid educational foundation he needs to excel in a new career, whether as a highly trained competitor, pleasure mount, or companion animal.

Anna Ford, Program Director at New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, explains how to overcome soundness and health issues, including leg injuries, hoof problems, aftereffects from steroid use, and gastric ulcers. She describes feeding necessities, how to introduce turnout in pairs and groups, and improve ground manners. Finally, she provides the step-by-step process of retraining the OTTB that her program has successfully used for years, with routine work in the round pen, on the longe line, and under saddle. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book goes to support the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program.

“Breakthrough racehorse literature, concisely covering every facet of what to expect and how to get the most out of your off-the-track Thoroughbred (OTTB), both mentally and physically…I consider this book the ultimate in training manuals for anyone thinking about adopting an ex-racehorse. Anna Ford is uniquely qualified to be the author of this book, which reads easily and covers every important detail of transitioning a horse from the racetrack to his next career.” —Liz Harris, Executive Director, Thoroughbred Charities of America

ANNA MORGAN FORD grew up deeply immersed in racing and showing horses. For the past seven years she has been the Program Director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program ( During that time she has overseen the training and adoption of over 1,000 retired racehorses. She lives in Hilliard, Ohio. A member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists, AMBER HEINTZBERGER is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in equestrian subjects ( A lifelong horsewoman, she has competed in eventing, dressage, and hunter/jumpers and has retrained several OTTBs. Heintzberger lives in New York City.

264 pp • 218 color photos • 8 ¼ x 10 ¼ • 978 1 57076 402 8 • $29.95 pb

To order contact: Trafalgar Square Books, Box 257, Howe Hill Road, N. Pomfret, VT 05053 800.423.4525 ∙