High-performance and incredibly versatile horses
The horses are looked after by professional re-trainers who help them to acquire the skills that will be indispensable in their new lives. There are also organisations which specialise in taking in and looking after horses which can no longer work due to physical or behavioural issues.
Parent companies are always keen to help the horses along their new path. In flat racing, the commitment to the retraining of horses first came about in 2007 with a partnership signed between France Galop and the Ligue Française pour la Protection du Cheval (French Horse Protection League), followed in 2019 by partnerships signed between France Galop and Au-Delà des Pistes, an organisation which guarantees:
– the selection and verification of establishments capable of looking after the rehabilitation and retraining of former racehorses in all sorts of equestrian disciplines or taking them on as retired horses;
– management of the administrative aspects of this retraining;
– promoting the versatility of flat-racing horses to riders in equestrianism and leisure activities.
In 2022, 322 horses were taken on by Au-delà des Pistes, with France Galop’s financial contribution towards the retraining of these racehorses being €138,000. Furthermore, the organisation received €157,000 of support in 2022 from those working in and otherwise involved in the racing sector via donations and fund-raising activities. France Galop also carries out some of the tasks required to ensure the administrative protection and traceability of retrained horses.
Moreover, France Galop contributed €122,000 to the Ligue Française pour la Protection du Cheval for the accommodation of retired racehorses.
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