RETIRED RACE HORSES
an ex race horse is like getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari.
It needs very careful handling and you have to know what you’re
Carrie has spent many years working with thoroughbred horses who
are too old to race any more.
runs an equestrian rehabilitation centre in a tiny Lancashire village
and the team work closely with the animals, trying to prepare them
for a life away from the race track.
they were famous
Out finds out how some more well known stars of the equine world have
eased themselves off the race track and into a relaxing retirement.
times Grand National winner, Red Rum retired in 1978. He moved
seamlessly into a new career as a celebrity, opening betting
shops, supermarkets and leading the parade for the Grand National.
34 of his 70 starts, Desert Orchid retired in 1991. And like
all good celebrities, since his retirement, has raised thousands
of pounds for charity.
glittering career was tragically cut short after the horse
was kidnapped in 1983. The IRA were blamed, but without the
discovery of his remains, his disappearance and death still
remain shrouded in mystery.
27 of his 35 races, Arkle never fell on the racecourse. After
an injury in 1966 thousands of "get well" cards
were sent, many just addressed to Arkle, Ireland.
He retired in 1968 making the odd celebrity
and regular partner Bob Champion both overcame serious illness
to win the Grand National 1981.
the following year, Aldaniti campaigned for the Bob Champion
a gallop to a trot
first problem Carrie and her team face are injuries. A life often
spent at a gallop takes its toll eventually.
physiotherapist treats long term injuries|
sports physiotherapist is employed to massage joints, back and neck
- three areas where horses have long term injuries.
Then there’s the mental problems. How do you explain to horses born
to run that they’re too old to do it any more?
horses retire from racing every year. Some end up with good owners
who understand what an ex-race horse needs.
racehorse has very specific needs|
are less fortunate and are left abandoned in fields by an owner
who can’t deal with such a highly strung animal.
Humble has re-housed 100 horses and is critical of the racing industry,
saying a six billion pound business should be putting more cash
into looking after former thoroughbreds.
organisations say £300,000 pounds a year is spent on rehabilitation
and a charity has been set up.
are only three centres like Carrie’s in the UK and she believes
if it wasn’t for places like hers many of these animals would end
up being put down.