LIFE AFTER HORSE RACING: AFTER-SALE CARE PROGRAMS ENSURE A FULFILLING SECOND CAREER FOR PENNSYLVANIA RACE HORSES | News

Second careers include service as horse riders, therapy horses, and mounted police

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The average racehorse career typically only lasts four to six years. Preparing them for their second career – which could last 20 years or more – is the passion of a network of dedicated horse trainers and foster farms known as aftercare. Aftercare programs give retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses the care and humane treatment they deserve and prepare them for a successful life after they complete their final laps on the track.

The aftercare network includes organizations such as Turning for Home, which looks after horses retiring from Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa.and New Start for Horses, which recycles retired horses from the center Pennsylvania Penn National Race. In 2021, Turning for Home and New Start for Horses retrained a total of 390 retirees Pennsylvania race horses.

“Everyone who works in the horse racing industry – from breeders and trainers to owners and jockeys – has one thing in common: they have a deep and unwavering love for horses,” said Pete Petersonpresident of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association. “Aftercare organizations are an extension of that love. They were created to ensure that every retired racehorse has a fulfilling second career and a home where they receive the care and attention they deserve. “

Post-track life can take many forms, and the selection for this post-race career takes place over several weeks while the horse is evaluated at a foster farm. Through daily interaction and horseback riding, trainers assess each horse’s physical abilities, temperament, and willingness to learn new skills, to determine which roles are best suited for each horse.

Some retired racehorses pursue second careers as therapy horses while a few have become members of the philadelphia cream Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit. Other horses remain in the limelight as competitors in barrel racing, show jumping or dressage, while other former champions are content to enjoy a quieter retirement as a companion horse. trail.

To learn more about Turning for Home, visit www.turningforhome.organd for more information on New Start for Horses, visit www.newstartforhorses.com. For more information on the Pennsylvania horse racing industry, visit www.pennhorseracing.com.

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association