Over at Forbes.com, Teresa Genaro of Brooklyn Backstretch has written a piece about the uptick in racehorse retirement programs which have been initiated by the racing industry itself.
Despite being splintered into many pieces, run by state wagering boards and always in competition for each others’ breeders, racing dates, and betting dollars, the racing industry as a whole is still making tentative steps towards fixing its horrendous record in the retirement game. It’s no longer just up to the adoption charities to actively seek out the trainers at the track and ask them for their retirees. Now they’re actually putting some effort into it. Thank goodness!
The racing and breeding industries have a lot of work to do before we can say that every Thoroughbred that’s bred to race is assured of a safe home. But it’s no longer acceptable to pretend that aftercare isn’t an issue, no longer acceptable to decide not to care, not to be involved, and that prodigious culture shift is something to celebrate.
Amen! Thank goodness for organizations like Adena Springs, who have been retraining their own horses for some time, and paved the way for all the new programs that are popping up.
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