Jumps horses are an important piece of the puzzle in equine welfare projects. Due to their extensive schooling and training, jumps horses are able to transition into disciplines such as equestrian, companion or equine therapy horses.
Our accountability project, Life After Jumps Racing, aims to share the stories of retired jumps horses enjoying their life after racing.
Teaching them to jump and introducing them to a new discipline does them the world of good, and I think this then stands them in good stead when they’re rehomed. They’ve already got the experience of being retrained within racing, and so it makes them easier to retrain when they leave the industry and adopt a new career.
To ensure the best welfare for Victorian race horses, Racing Victoria have set out an enquire welfare strategy to guide all aspects of the equine community on the importance of rehoming race horses.