IHWT has initiated, for the first time in Ireland, a programme for
the re-training for re-homing of ex-racehorses. Hundreds of horses
leave racing each year. Many of these horses could be re-schooled
for other disciplines. This programme aims to help some of these
horses to go on to a new career in a new home and live out a happy
useful life. Such programmes have been successful overseas.
Lute being long-reined
The first horse entered the programme early in September 2002.
The six year old Gelding was originally called "Flower Hill Lad"
but was renamed "Dancer". His racing career had ended following
a tendon injury and was given into the care of IHWT. He was helped
by the complementary treatment of "Reiki" for his tendon injury
and within a couple of months was making a remarkable recovery.
Having come out of a very stressful career in racing he had also
exhibited behavioural problems, but following the time and care
he received, he settled down to his new lifestyle and today is a
happy horse in his new home.
Another ex-racehorse came into care before Christmas called "Gerry".
He is an older horse with a few problems and luckily a lovely suitable
home was recently found for him.
Presently we have 4 ex-racehorses given over by Trainers for the
Racehorse Programme all of which are finished racing. They are 4
lovely geldings with beautiful temperments and very suitable for
re-training. The re-training of these horses will begin at the
end of July 2003. Currently there are 3 ex-racehorses waiting to
The Racehorse Re-training Programme is part-funded by Horse Racing
Ireland, for which IHWT is very grateful.
It takes a minimum of 6-9 months to re-train and re-school an ex-racehorse
and this time can increase depending on the individual. Racehorses
come out of a highly stressful career and it takes time for them
to settle into a new type of work. Most horses adapt happily given
the chance and can go on to do other disciplines such as Hacking,
Dressage or Show jumping. They are however not suitable for novice
riders and need a lot of care and attention.
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