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Horse For Life

Care for racehorses for life

All owners have a duty of care to their horses and there are many ways which they and the ROA ensure this important commitment is upheld:

  • Owners pay £1.00 per race entry for the welfare of former racehorses - Rule (F) 106
  • Funding a horse’s care and costs from a foal or yearling to the end of their racing careers
  • The ROA executive has a staff member on ‘The Horse Comes First’ board
  • The ROA Gold Standard award takes into consideration equine welfare and now how the course is reacting to the ‘The Horse Comes First’ campaign
  • The ROA executive has a staff member who keeps up-to-date with equine welfare developments by attending relevant conferences and meetings
  • Many owners contribute to the centres who retrain and care for retired racehorses often also with support of their trainer
  • The ROA supports Racing Welfare - care for racehorses begins with staff who are well looked after.

Horse Comes First

Leading organisations within the racing industry are working together to raise awareness of the high levels of equine welfare in horse racing. The initiative aims to improve the understanding of the care given to our horses throughout and after their careers in racing.

Further infomation can be found on the dedicated Horse Comes First website.



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