Charities join forces in project to rehome British thoroughbreds

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A joint programme between World Horse Welfare and Retraining of Racehorses aims to provide a bright future for off-the-track thoroughbreds. Photo: Retraining of Racehorses
A joint programme between World Horse Welfare and Retraining of Racehorses aims to provide a bright future for off-the-track thoroughbreds. Photo: Retraining of Racehorses

The British-based charity World Horse Welfare is to retrain former racehorses in a pilot scheme in collaboration with British Horseracing’s official charity, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).

The horses will be retrained at World Horse Welfare’s Norfolk Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Hall Farm.

The pilot programme will be completely funded by RoR. It will be run in addition to World Horse Welfare’s existing rescue and rehoming work.

“Racehorses are generally extremely well cared-for, but after they leave racing they can be as susceptible as any other horse to the vagaries of the market or uncertain futures if they cannot find good homes,” World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers said.

He said the charity was adept at helping vulnerable horses make the transition to new environments, so it was natural to want to apply this expertise to help former racehorses.

“We can provide them with the retraining they need, and find them new homes – but as World Horse Welfare will retain ownership of the horses (as we do with all of our horses), they will have a safe and secure future with us.

“We see this as an excellent way to expand the offering of our rehoming scheme – rehome a thoroughbred to ride and some companion Shetlands at the same time.

“It is also a demonstration of our support for the responsible use of horses in sport – and we really hope it is a success.”

The charity says that if the pilot proves successful, the scheme may be extended to its four rescue and rehoming centres across Britain.

The idea is to increase the geographical spread so that former racehorses can be available to more of the charity’s experienced re-homers.

RoR chief executive Di Arbuthnot, said: “In recent years we have seen a notable increase in the value of and demand for former racehorses as more and more people have become aware of their versatility and the activities available to them across a range of disciplines from dressage to polo.

“We have always sought to ensure there is a safety net in place to catch any vulnerable or unwanted horses in time to help find them a safe and secure home.

“So, in addition to the centres that already receive RoR funding, we are delighted to be working with World Horse Welfare and to be able use their extensive experience and expertise.

“The goals of both charities are the same in terms of wanting to ensure that those animals, which provide so much pleasure on the racecourse, are suitably catered for when their racing career is over.

“What RoR was lacking was an even geographical spread of locations equipped and resourced to deal with former racehorses and we hope this pilot scheme will in time open the door for RoR to work with all of World Horse Welfare’s rescue and rehoming centres.”

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One thought on “Charities join forces in project to rehome British thoroughbreds

  • November 29, 2014 at 10:53 am
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    The sad thing is they can be only 3 or 4 & be thrown away!
    Besides that…hundreds go to torture/ murder in big part because of over breeding, trying to get “better & faster”; to me…having been a pioneer female exercise rider in the 70s…the sport of kings has become the sport of DEATH. 🙁
    Bless all Earth Angels working relentlessly trying to right the wrongs.

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