Equine Welfare

While our racecourses provide the stage it’s the horses and jockeys that create the spectacle. That’s why we do everything we can to look after the horses and jockeys when they race with us.

Our modern facilities are specifically designed to create a safe and comfortable environment for both horse and jockey.

All of our racecourses are strictly regulated by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), who provide a Veterinary Officer at each meeting to ensure expected standards are met at each racecourse. We also have top class Veterinary Surgeons posted around the racecourse to ensure a vet will be on the scene within seconds of any incident, whether on the Track, in the Parade Ring or Stable Yard.

ARC is committed to the care of the horse. As a minimum, each course has:

  • Clear signage for horse movements
  • A post-race endoscope facility
  • A post-race horse monitor – to spot signs of distress or injury and to action remedial steps
  • Treatment boxes furnished to a high standard
  • A quality panel of veterinary surgeons and back-up team

Their first priority is to make a diagnosis of any injury and to provide a calm environment to treat the horse. As soon as the assessment of the injury has been made, a horse ambulance will be called to the scene and will transport the horse back to the stable yard or to the local equine hospital, where further treatment can be undertaken.

To learn more about Horseracing’s work to protect the horse, please visit www.britishhorseracing.com

As part of our commitment to Horse Welfare we support British Horseracing’s official charity, Retraining of Racehorses, to help retrain and rehome former racehorses. The Roles of Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) are:

  • To raise funds from within the racing industry to help support the charitable retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
  • Helps provide facilities for the care, retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
  • Promotes the adaptability of racehorses to other equestrian activities
  • To run a well established programme of competition sponsorship and clinics to educate and improve riders handling former racehorses

The ultimate goal is to achieve a balance between the number of horses leaving racing and the number of enthusiastic, and suitable, new homes.

To find out more about ROR visit – www.ror.org.uk