Our policy on thoroughbred horse welfare is reflected in the 'Promoting Responsible Thoroughbred Ownership' document to which we subscribe along with the other bodies concerned with welfare within the horse racing and breeding industry.

    This document was prepared to give guidance to horse owners on the care of the horse and options available to prevent horses becoming unwanted or neglected. These options primarily include alternative uses and retirement. They also include inevitable end-of-life decisions, including euthanasia, humane destruction and disposal.

    Ireland has an international reputation for the production of high quality horses and for excellent horsemanship.  This reputation has been built on a long legacy of quality care and husbandry.

    The key message in this policy is that those who own or keep a horse are morally and legally responsible for its health, safety and welfare while it is in their ownership/possession. 

    The Irish Equine Centre carries out an important role in the protection against potentially devastating equine diseases.  HRI supports the centre by providing a substantial annual grant.   

    HRI also directly supports the Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT)which seeks to re-home and re-train thoroughbreds no longer active in racing.

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