Retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses adapt very well to alternative lifestyles, particularly equestrian activities. They are versatile and highly intelligent animals that respond impressively to retraining and re-educating.
Owners are required to ensure that their horse’s welfare is maintained once they retire from racing. Registered racehorses are permanently identified, so that instances of mistreatment during retirement can be pursued.
It is compulsory for owners to notify Racing Australia on the retirement of their horse. The form specifically designed for this purpose will require the owner to indicate where the horse is destined. This allows the continual tracking of Thoroughbreds even when they have finished their racing career.
Where a registered horse has been retired from racing or a decision has been made to not race the horse, the owner or trainer of the horse at the time of its retirement must, within one month of the horse’s retirement, notify the Registrar by lodging the relevant form prescribed by the Registrar.
RWWA’s Off the Track program continues to be an active voice within the racing and equestrian industries, positioning retired racehorses as the preferred choice for equestrian disciplines and other pursuits. The program’s activities increase the demand for and support the placement of retired thoroughbred and standardbred racehorses in second careers via sponsoring of events, sharing success stories, promoting re-trainers and re-homing services, and holding education clinics for horses off the track. The program is widely recognised in the equestrian community as being a conduit for the successful transition of horses from the race track to alternative pursuits.
Off the Track has supported the equestrian community through the sponsorship of more than 200 equestrian events, including horse shows in which over 6,000 retired racehorses have competed, and hosted Education Clinics.
RWWA has been recognised by the Retired Racehorse Project as one of Australia’s leading equine welfare organisations through its Off the Track program.
Breeding horses is a specialised activity, requiring extensive knowledge about the breed of horse itself and the different components of breeding, from inception right the way through until the weaning and early education stages.anc_Link1
The educating stage of a horse’s racing career is extremely important. When educating a horse, the aim is to develop a trusting relationship where the person and the horse have a mutual respect for one another.anc_Link2
Training and racing regimes must be sympathetic to the developmental and physiological adaptive processes of the young horse.anc_Link3