Life after Racing
I have provided information below regarding information/ resources which may be useful when transitioning your Off the Track racehorse to a Life after Racing. Feel free to browse or use the buttons below to find specific information.
PLEASE NOTE THIS PAGE IS STILL BEING CREATED
The Retired Racehorse Project
The Retired Racehorse Project is located in the USA but they have some great information on their website covering Soundness, Care and Nutrition etc.
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Racing Australia Horse Search
Do you want some information about your Australian Thoroughbred horse? Each State has its own search engine for names however the most central location is on the Racing Australia website. You will need to know your horse's racing name for this search. If you only have the brand, and you are not a member of the Australian Studbook, there is a great Facebook Page called Australian Brand Searches "Only"
Raising the Standards
Raising the Standards is a great organisation that has an informative Blog offering advice on retraining your Standardbred. Nicole Tassone is an experienced Standie retrainer and also offers a comprehensive training program which may be of interest
For the Blog Click Here
Harness Racing Australia & NZ Horse Search
Do you want some information about your Australian harness horse? Confused by what their brand means? Harness Racing Australia has a lot of information which can help
For how to read the Standardbred Brand (Aus and NZ) Click Here
To search for your Australian Standardbred Click Here
To search for your NZ Standardbred Click Here
nutrition & diet
Off the Track Thoroughbreds - Nerida Richards
Nerida Richards of Feed XL is one of Australia's top Equine Nutritionists. She has written many articles related to transitioning your OTTTB in relation to their diet. There is also software available to analyse the diet of your horse.
Click here for a relevant article.
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Poseidon Equine has a great, free E Book providing some useful tips regarding feeding your Off the Track Horse. They are also the creator of Digestive EQ which has helped many horse transition to a Life after Racing. They are based in NSW with Distributors Australia Wide.
To download the book click here
EQUINE GASTRIC ULCER SYNDROME(EGUS)
It is estimated that approximately 80% of racehorses have ulcers Many Off the Track horses continue to suffer from this painful condition. There are many ways to address EGUS and it can be a very individual thing for each horse. Consultation with a vet is important. There is also a number of complementary options available for treatment which are very effective in conjunction with Veterinary medication in Acute cases. Complementary options are often very effective for maintenance.
Ulcer Fact Sheet
The Horse Magazine
Dr Kerry Ridgway
Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome
Excerpt from Fact Sheet
"Veterinarians have long recognized gastric (stomach) ulcers in horses. These ulcers—painful erosions of the tissue lining the gastrointestinal tract—can occur anywhere from the lower esophagus, throughout the stomach, and into the first part of the small intestine called the duodenum. In 1999 veterinarians adopted the term “equine gastric ulcer syndrome” (EGUS)."
Click here for a Fact Sheet on Ulcers
Dr Kerry Ridgway is a vet who was a pioneer in a number of areas including Fascia, hoof imbalances (Laterality) and EGUS. On his website there are a number of articles plus an online course on EGUS.
Diagnosing & Treating Ulcers
The Horse Magazine
Excerpt from Article
"In adult horses, gastric ulcers occur more frequently in horses that perform athletic activities, with the highest frequency found in Thoroughbred racehorses (80-90%), followed by endurance horses (70%), and show horses (60%). Researchers have found that exercise increases gastric acid production and decreases blood flow to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract."
Click here for a Article on Diagnosing and Treating Ulcers
Retraining your Off the Track Thoroughbred or Standardbred can be very exciting. There are many different ways to tackle this from doing it yourself, having a trainer help you or sending them to a specialist trainer. Racehorses have been conditioned as the ultimate athletes and their muscles have been developed specifically for their racing careers, it can take time to retrain their bodies to a different job. Allowing 6 to 18 months is not unusual for them to adapt. Finding the right path for you and your horse can be confusing and may require a number of changes in direction. There is a tonne of information and help out there. You just need to find which path is right for your horse.
The Tellington Method
The Tellington Method is an ideal starting point for the retraining of your racehorse. it can be used in conjunction with any type of training or discipline. Many ex racehorses struggle with their balance, proprioception and body awareness and this can make learning a new task difficult. They can also rely habits that may no longer be useful. The Tellington Method is an excellent way of retraining that will also build trust and confidence at the start of your partnership. It will create a solid foundation for any new learning to occur. There is a lot of videos and information available and also a number of Practitioners in Australia.
Click here for a link to Tellington Articles
Warwick Schiller's Performance Horsemanship
Warwick Schiller has a comprehensive website packed with information. Warwick's training method is based on trust, understanding behaviour, and communication. He offers clinics, online training and more. This is ideal for people who are planning on retraining their Off the Track horse themselves.
Manolo Mendez is a highly skilled and intuitive horseman. He has helped train thousands of horses and more importantly horse people over many decades. He continues to evolve and has a strong focus on the horse, their comfort, biomechanics, and minimising stress in a truly holistic approach. Manolo has many educational videos, DVDs, courses available.
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