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Off The Track

Post Racing

TRNT Off The Track has provided a commitment to supporting the welfare of NT Thoroughbreds post racing.

In accordance with Racing Australia regulations, all trainers and owners are required to lodge a ‘Retirement of Racehorse or Death Notification form’ within a required time frame. The Stable Return of a horse either entering or leaving a stable must also be updated within 24 hours.  The requirement for owners to provide updates on the whereabouts of a horse is crucial to the traceability of racehorses. Therefore, assisting to support the Thoroughbred’s welfare, through a concern for the location of racehorses at all times.

One percent of all prize money earned is directed into Off The Track to support equine welfare provisions. This has allowed Off The Track to encourage the uptake of racehorses by supporting clubs from a grass root level, providing funding for clinics and events

Key focus areas for equine welfare have been identified to enhance the success of retirement outcomes. These areas of focus have been developed in accordance with the Aftercare Toolkit. The toolkit, established by the International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR), identifies factors crucial to whole life support.

  • Uphold traceability as the highest priority, due to its underpinning nature for welfare practices. Ensure, trainers are held accountable for lodging retirements.
  • Support the horse’s longevity in their retirement home by providing re-training support.
  • Establish stronger engagement with the wider community to raise the profile of the breed.
  • Obtain program support from governing bodies.
  • Build regular communication between owners to ensure TRNT OTT's interest in the horse’s whole life.
  • Tailor practices to target vulnerable Thoroughbreds and implement protective measures.