Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British racing's official charity for the welfare of former racehorses, has announced it is collaborating with World Horse Welfare on a pilot scheme that will enable ‘vulnerable’ former racehorses to be retrained at Word Horse Welfare’s Norfolk Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Hall Farm.
The aim is for RoR to establish a more even geographical spread of locations equipped and resourced to deal with former racehorses, in addition to the centres that currently receive RoR funding. If the pilot is successful, the scheme could extend to World Horse Welfare’s four Rescue and Rehoming Centres across the UK.
The announcement of this collaboration comes in the same week that RoR announced the recommendations from the independent review of its strategy and policy, including the appointment of Paul Jepson as RoR’s Welfare Consultant.
RoR Chief Executive, Di Arbuthnot, says:
“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. At RoR 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."
World Horse Welfare’s Chief Executive, Roly Owers, says:
“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 is 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.”