Improving the Welfare of Racehorses

Written by Thursday, 15 March 2018 09:45

Love or loathe the horse racing industry, you've got to welcome any initiatives that improve the welfare of racehorses. From the start of 2018, any foal born to race must now be registered with Weatherbys General Stud Book within 30 days of its birth in a bid to trace the whereabouts and welfare of foals and provide greater transparency over the welfare provided by breeders and owners throughout a thoroughbred's life . 

To further aid the development of a health and welfare strategy for racehorses the British Horseracing Association (BHA) have sent a survey out to trainers to discover what happens to thoroughbreds once their racing career is over. 

David Sykes, the BHA's director of equine health and welfare, said:

"British racing's duty of care to its racehorses extends beyond the end of their racing careers.
"As part of our work towards an equine welfare strategy which encompasses the post-racing life of a racehorse, we need to get a fuller picture of what happens to horses after they leave the track.
"Asking for trainers' help to do this will allow us to understand the current landscape from those who experience it first hand, and we are looking forward to seeing the results."

Many professionals in the industry, particularly owners and trainers are already committed to making sure that their horses go on to second homes and careers after they have finished racing and the industry invests over £750,000 in the rehoming and retraining of racehorses, including British HorseRacing's official charity, Retraining of Racehorses. Let's hope these new initiatives help to improve the lives of racehorses even more.

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