California Equine Retirement Foundation – San Jacinto, California

California Equine Retirement Foundation - San Jacinto, California

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Horse racing is big business. After earning millions for their owners, what happens to these horses after their racing careers are over? For many fortunate horses, they end up at CERF.

The California Equine Retirement Foundation (CERF) is a charitable sanctuary for thoroughbreds and other performing horses. They recently relocated from Winchester to San Jacinto. The new property is beautiful with plenty of space for the horses to get the care and exercise they need.

California Equine Retirement Foundation - San Jacinto, California

Some of the horses arrive at the facility ready for retirement and a pleasant life of leisure. Others are no longer able to race competitively due to injury or age, but are still able to do be trained for other types of activities including trail riding. Horses are paired up with a buddy horse for socialization, daily activities and training. Staff does a great job dealing with the varied needs of the horses.

California Equine Retirement Foundation - San Jacinto, California

Some race horse owners make arrangements to have their retired horses brought to the ranch and cover the ongoing cost of their care. Other horses end up being rescued just before they are sent to a slaughter house. Donations and fundraisers cover the cost of their care.

California Equine Retirement Foundation - San Jacinto, California

With their spacious new property, they have room for additional horses and will gladly accept horses in need. Some of the retrained horses are available to be adopted, but they are very particular about making sure the new home is a good one. Many of the horses end up finishing out their days basking in the love and compassion they get at CERF.

California Equine Retirement Foundation - San Jacinto, California

California Equine Retirement Foundation - San Jacinto, California

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. It was beautiful to walk around the property and meet many of the horses. They were friendly and loved getting attention and head rubs. They also have some goats that keep the brush cleared from the property.

2California Equine Retirement Foundation - San Jacinto, California

California Equine Retirement Foundation - San Jacinto, California

California Equine Retirement Foundation - San Jacinto, California

CERF is open to the public and they are happy to have visitors. You’ll need to call ahead of time to make arrangements.

California Equine Retirement Foundation - San Jacinto, California

California Equine Retirement Foundation (CERF)
805 N Sanderson Avenue
San Jacinto, CA 92582

(951) 654-0700

California Equine Retirement Foundation - San Jacinto, California

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14 comments for “California Equine Retirement Foundation – San Jacinto, California

  1. June S.
    October 31, 2016 at 5:51 am

    (California Equine Retirement Foundation – San Jacinto, California) This place looks and sounds like an amazing place for retirement. And the weather there would be perfect all year around too-

  2. Mia
    October 31, 2016 at 9:49 am

    What a wonderful program and organization. We need to do a better job treating animals humanely so this was encouraging to read about.

  3. Ann Hengst
    November 1, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    This is great. I loves horses and they should have a decent life and a place to run even when their old

  4. deb
    November 3, 2016 at 4:45 am

    I love this!! What a great place for race horses to retire.

  5. Tara Kosing
    November 4, 2016 at 5:44 am

    aww this is wonderful .. Im so glad this place was set up for them , they deserve a relaxing retirement

  6. mrsshukra
    November 4, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve heard of these kinds of places! Amazing organization!

  7. Nancy
    November 14, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    This looks like a wonderful organization that cares for retired horses.

  8. vickie couturier
    December 2, 2016 at 11:58 am

    i love horses,,this would be a piece of heaven for me,

  9. Mary Mac
    December 9, 2016 at 5:28 am

    What a wonderful “Retirement Home for these gorgeous horses.

  10. Kristi F
    January 8, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I would love to go visit CERF if I’m in the area. I’m so glad that there are places like this that offer a home for these horses.

  11. YVONNE WOODSTOCK
    January 9, 2017 at 2:55 am

    I-hate-horse-racing-and-am-so-grateful-there-is-a-compassionate-generous-place-of-people-like-this-to-finally-treat-the-horses-properly.
    My-husband-and-I-would-love-to-visit-there..We-absolutely-LOVE-all-animals-so-much-and-it’s-always-a-joy-to-us-when-we-get-to-play-with-goats-too,-they-are-so-cute-and-comical.

  12. Jeffrey
    January 11, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    What a terrific sounding group.

  13. Calvin F.
    January 16, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    This is neat, never knew about race horses retiring had a place to stay.

  14. almavidrio
    January 17, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    This is brilliant – so much compassion and work goes into this kind of thing. It’s located in a beautiful spot, too.

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