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A horse and jockey are led round the parade ring at Brighton Racecourse by a trainer.

Equine Welfare

Nothing matters more to us than looking after the Horses and Jockeys that race at Brighton Racecourse.
 
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.

Brighton Racecourse is committed to the care of the horse.
A trainer gently pats a race horse following a race at Brighton Racecourse.
As a minimum we provide:

  • 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 action.
  • Treatment boxes furnished to a high standard.
  • A quality panel of veterinary surgeons and back-up team.

British Horseracing Authority (BHA)

 
Brighton Racecourse is licensed and regulated by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). The BHA set and police the standards of equine facilities and veterinary care at all racecourse in Britain,
 
In addition to our own Veterinary team, the BHA also provides their own Veterinary Officer at each meeting to support our vets and to ensure that standard are maintained at all racecourses. Our Veterinary Team consists of three top class equine specialist veterinary surgeons who are deployed around the track, parade ring and stable yard to ensure that a vet will be on the scene literally within seconds of any 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 The British Horseracing Authority's website.


Retraining of Racehorses (RoR)

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
  • Help provide facilities for the care, retraining and rehoming of former racehorses.
  • To promote 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 learn more about the Retraining of Racehorses charity and it's work, visit their website.

Find out more about Roles of Retraining of Racehorses.

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A horse waits patiently as a jockey and trainer prepare it for a race at Brighton Racecourse.
Jockeys can't bear to look as they are neck and neck and pushing for the finish line at Brighton Racecourse.
A woman laughs as she gives a race horse a drink and cool down following a race at Brighton Racecourse.

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