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Equine Welfare

Horse Comes First

Nothing matters more to us more than looking after the horses, jockeys and stable staff at Hereford Racecourse.

We have a team of dedicated and highly trained equine veterinary practitioners, Doctors and paramedics on hand throughout the day and our stableyard includes washdown areas, veterinary treatment boxes and other facilities for horses.

On occasion green screens are erected around fallen horses and jockeys to provide privacy to the professionals as they treat any injuries, so do not always be alarmed if you see them.  

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 both horse and jockey.
A close up of a race horse ready to race.

Arena Racing Company is committed to the care of the horse

As a minimum, each racecourse 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 panel of BHA approved specialist equine veterinary surgeons and back up team

British Horseracing Authority (BHA)

Hereford Racecourse is licensed and regulated by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). The BHA sets and applies 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 are delivered. Top class Veterinary Surgeons are deployed around the track, parade ring and stable yard to ensure that a vet will be on the scene of an incident literally within seconds.
The 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 local Equine Hospital, where further treatment can be undertaken. To learn more about the BHA’s work to protect the horse please visit The British Horseracing Authority's website.

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR)

Horseracing in Britain also has its own charity. Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is the BHA’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing.

The roles of ROR are to:

  • Raise funds from within the racing industry to help support the charitable retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
  • Help provide facilities for the care, retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
  • Promote the adaptability of racehorses to other equestrian activities
  • Run a well-established programme of competitive sponsorship and clinics to educate and improve rider’s handling of 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 learn more about the Retraining of Racehorses charity and it's work, visit their website.

If you have any concerns about the welfare of racehorses anywhere, please email our team

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