As sure as Summer follows the Spring, eventually, the majority of all racehorses are retired. Mainly, the decision to retire them from racing is due either to a lack of ability, a performance limiting injury, old age or in the case of fillies and mares-the owners intention to use them for breeding purposes.
With the horses exiting the Belhus Racing Stables team, their future is just as important to us as when they were racing. It’s our intention is to find them the best possible home with the right people who’ll love them, care for them, and guide them through the next chapter of their lives.
Fortuitously, one of the best attributes of thoroughbreds is their versatility. They can excel in a number of equestrian disciplines such as eventing, showing, dressage, show jumping, pony club/adult riding and polo or polo crosse. Mares can also head down the breeding path thereby producing our future horses - both thoroughbred and performance breeds too!
As part of our continued commitment to the horses that have come through our stables, we’ve enlisted the knowledgeable help of re-trainers to support us in the correct rehabilitation and rehoming of our former racehorses if breeding is not an option.
What’s involved in retraining?
There are many things that a former racehorse doesn’t know or hasn’t learnt as yet. Generally, the re-training process takes about 6 weeks. It involves ground work, handling and basic under saddle re-education, helping the horse move from race mode to equestrian mode – basically taking them ‘from track to hack’ and ready to start their new career!
Some of our off the track success’s include:
Always a gentleman on the track, ‘JD’ as he’s affectionately known, has been taken on by jockey Hayley Diener to compete in Eventing. Judgement Day gave Hayley her first win at Ascot when she was an apprentice jockey so she’s obviously got a genuine soft spot for him. He’s repaid the faith that Hayley has put him and rewarded her with numerous wins competing in dressage, show jumping and cross country. Hayley wears the Belhus colours in the cross country section of competitions with JD and all the entry fees for the shows they compete in are paid for by Belhus Racing Stables.
From Racetrack to rearing the next generation: