Thoroughbred owners have until the end of the year to complete Britain’s first-ever Thoroughbred Census. To date,  6,000 people have completed the census with all data being collected to be used to help build a clearer picture on the lives former racehorses.

The initiative, launched by British Racing’s Horse Welfare Board in collaboration with research experts at Hartpury University, will help British Racing’s aftercare charity, Retraining of Racehorse (RoR), improve and adapt welfare initiatives. Improved traceability of thoroughbreds once they have left racing will also enable fast and effective contact in the event of an equine disease outbreak.

“We’ve had a hugely positive reception to the Census,” said Helena Flynn, Programme Director, Horse Welfare Board. “The people who own former racehorses are passionate about them and want to play their part in what
may be a once-in-a-decade piece of research.

“With the Census closing on 31 December, we call on all owners who have not yet taken part to get involved. This is a unique opportunity to gather robust and insightful data that can help shape the post-racing lives of thoroughbreds in the future.

“Whether your horse is retired to a field or is an RoR champion, we want to hear your stories and learn more
about the amazing lives former racehorses go on to enjoy after they retire from the sport.”

The 2023 Thoroughbred Census can be completed online here. Completion of the Census is not compulsory, but the organisations are strongly encouraging owners to join the community and participate.

The initiative is part of British Racing’s Horse Welfare Board’s five-year welfare strategy ‘A Life Well Lived’ and its commitment to improve traceability for all horses bred for racing.

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