Maryland Equine Transition Service (METS)


The Maryland Equine Transition Service (METS) is a statewide equine safety net initiative of the Maryland Horse Council that provides alternatives for horses needing homes by helping owners identify and select the best transition options.

Horses in need of transition come in every shape, size, breed, color, age, training level, and temperament. METS provides individualized services for these horses, including equine assessment, marketing assistance, end-of-life support, and facilitating the transition of horses to new homes. The program is unique because it works with a wide network of industry organizations and professionals to source the best options – from retraining to retirement - for these horses because no horse in Maryland should ever be at-risk of entering the slaughter pipeline.

The Maryland Horse Council was the first horse council in the United States to support the S.A.F.E. Act, proposed federal legislation to prohibit shipping horses to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered. In doing so, the MHC recognized the corresponding need to develop safe alternatives for horses needing homes. 

About a dozen industry representatives met in August 2017 for a brainstorming session.  The result was an idea for a mobile program that would provide resources to Maryland horse owners with horses in transition. In January 2018, the MHC secured funding through The Right Horse Initiative to develop and pilot test the program.

METS Arrow METS will employ professional staff to provide transition options based on the individual needs of the horse.  The program will offer assistance with marketing, placement, and end-of-life decisions.  

Where do I get more information about METS?

  • Attend Maryland Horse Council meetings to hear updates and ask questions.

I have a horse in need of transition.  What can I do?

Contact the METS staff by calling 410-970-6474 or email  We will ask you general information about your horse and, if appropriate, schedule an equine assessment. To learn more about the process, visit the METS website.

I’m interested in supporting METS.  What can I do?

There are several ways that individuals, groups, and businesses can become involved in the effort to safeguard Maryland’s horses. We are looking for:

  1. Equine professionals and organizations (e.g., riding stables and schools, training professionals and facilities, riding clubs and associations, retirement facilities, public safety organizations and equine therapy centers, and non-profit rescues) willing to consider accepting horses for re-training, retirement, or use in programs.
  1. Veterinarians willing to provide equine assessments, share program information with their clients, and provide euthanasia services at a set rate.  
  1. Volunteers willing to spread the word about the service. Additional opportunities will be available over time.
  1. Supporters willing to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the program through tax-deductible financial contributions.  

Maryland Equine Transition Service Website

About The Right Horse Initiative


The Right Horse is an initiative funded by the WaterShed Animal Fund, a division of the Arnall Family Foundation dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals. Their goal is to massively increase the number of successful horse adoptions in the United States by working together to reframe the adoption conversation and shatter the stigma surrounding horses in transition. To learn more about The Right Horse Initiative visit