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A horse being washed down following a race.

Equine Welfare

Horse Comes First

Nothing matters more to us than looking after the Horses and Jockeys. We agree with recognised animal welfare organisations that horses have the right to a decent and fulfilling life. Our role as the racecourse, is to minimise any risk to Horse and Jockey.

A close up, side profile shot of a race horse.

Arena Racing 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 & to action remedial steps
  • Treatment boxes furnished to a high standard
  • A panel of BHA approved specialist equine veterinary surgeons and back up team

Newcastle Racecourse is licensed and regulated by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). The BHA sets and policies the standards for Equine facilities and Veterinary care at all Racecourses in Britain.

The BHA also provides their own Veterinary Officer at each meeting to ensure that these strict standards for racecourses. We also employ top class Veterinary Surgeons and deploy them around the track, parade ring and stable yard to ensure that a vet will be on the scene literally within seconds of an incident.

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

Horseracing in Britain also has its own charity. Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing. 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 click here; www.ror.org.uk

If you have any concerns about the welfare of racehorses anywhere, please email British Horseracing Authority.

A well groomed race horse and jockey are led out to the race track.
Horses and Jockey's are led round the parade ring prior to the race.
A horse and jockey are led round the parade ring by the trainer and owner.

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