We are delighted there has been some forward movement regarding the next step in generating an Aftercare Strategy for UK racehorses.
BHA state ‘The review will focus on ensuring the aftercare sector is financially sustainable and can consistently provide care and careers for racehorses beyond racing over the long term. The project is generously supported by the Racing Foundation.
The Horse Welfare Board’s ‘A Life Well Lived’ Strategy put in place a plan for the welfare of horses bred for racing to, amongst other areas, build public trust with its welfare processes and demonstrate its lifetime commitment to horses and their welfare. This review is a key project recommendation of the new strategy, assessing and ensuring the funding of aftercare is fit for purpose and highlighting areas for improvement.
The review team will begin a wide-ranging consultation process from today through a series of interviews with key stakeholders within racing and racehorse aftercare.. The review will be supported by a steering group comprising racing, finance and horse welfare experts from the industry. The process is intended to be completed by September 30 2020 with findings and recommendations to be published in due course.’
Rob Hezel, Chief Executive of the Racing Foundation, said “The Racing Foundation Trustees have long been concerned about the strategy for, and funding of, aftercare and welcomed the inclusion of this project in the Horse Welfare Strategy. The Foundation is delighted the project is commencing, committed to supporting the work and look forward to hearing the outcomes.”
BTRC hope this strategy, once established, will ensure the Centre is able to continue to provide the safety net to help any vulnerable Thoroughbred. Not all retired racehorses need assistance, but we are here for the unlucky ones that may have fallen on hard times and therefore need the care that our expert and dedicated team can provide along with all the TLC and love they also require.
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