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Certified Off The Track Thoroughbred programme

Certified Off The Track Thoroughbred programme



A suggestion to be tabled at the conference on the responsible homing of OTTB

A suggestion to be tabled at the conference on the responsible homing of OTTB



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    Certified Off The Track Thoroughbred programme Certified Off The Track Thoroughbred programme Presentation Transcript

    • Responsible Rehoming of retired racehorses ! Walter Pike Feb 26, 2014
    • Walter Pike • Polo Player • Bred and raced, process of reapplying for colours • Runs a facebook group called :
 A Thoroughbred Second Life! • I acknowledge the fantastic support from this group in coming up with coherent suggestions in a crowd sourcing exercise I did.
    • Problem statement • The horse racing industry is under pressure internationally regarding what happens to retired racehorses. This presents a huge reputational risk. • A step in the process is creating a process of responsible rehoming of these horses and to communicate this effectively in order to manage this reputation. • How?
    • OTTB • For the purposes of this document an Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) is a horse which has retired from racing. • It will be a Thoroughbred registered with the HRA and had at least one start.
    • Analysis • There is a greater supply of off the track thoroughbreds (OTTB) than demand for them. • OTTB need specialised skill to successfully transition from racing to other uses. • OTTB are regarded as second tier/less desirable horses by the riding public. So often go to second tier riders. • • less skills. • • less money. less experience as buyers - more likely to buy bad horses - further adding to bad reputation. Many OTTB are broken down or not suitable.
    • Brand OTTB • Unreliable, flighty and hard to handle. • Take at least 1-2 years to recover from racing. Drugs and steroids • Soft • Can’t keep condition • Expensive to keep • Can’t compete with warmbloods • Not adaptable to different uses. • Risk of soundness
 Note that it doesn't matter whether this is true or not this are what people think.
    • Transition is a major problem • The retraining of a racehorse to other uses requires a level of skill. • Transition from a grain based to a roughage based diet. Managing ulcers. • Different management. • Reprogramming the horses mind from racing. • Retraining the horse to respond to different riding styles.
    • The market • Because the warmblood is regarded as a better sports horse the OTTB market is a second tier market. Except in specialised markets like Polo and Polocrosse we are dealing with second tier buyers. • Less experienced in buying - more likely to buy duds, unsound, bad temperament. • Mommy buyers - no experience at all • Less experience in horse management • Less riding skill. • Many times more likely to mess up a good horse, turn it into a problem and then do further damage to the thoroughbred brand.
    • Strategy • Improve demand by improving Brand OTTB • Manage the supply to ensure that the market is supplied with better quality. • Assist with the transition to the Second Life
    • Brand OTTB • OTTB need PR. FB groups like Beyond Racing and A Thoroughbred Second Life can help. But a full PR program to position them as reliable, competitive and tough horses • Identification of disciplines where OTTB can excel and offer special incentives for competition on OTTB. eg polo polocrosse, eventing, jumping etc. • The certified OTTB programme (explained in next slide)
    • The certified OTTB • Selected OTTB certified via the HRA • Rated in terms of soundness. • Rated in terms of temperament. • Homed in terms of a contract to an owner with satisfactory conditions and some experience. • Registered on a register of OTTB change of ownership required - web based database
    • Support for OTTB • Panel of knowledgable people to assist in transition. • Contactable via website. • The same website which holds database. • Membership contracted - but also incentivised by OTTB top up prizes at shows. • Discussion group on FaceBook eg A Thoroughbred Second Life.
    • Certified half way house • Horses move to people with experience at transitioning OTTB. • Transfer to a roughage based diet. • Do basic training and settling work to create a stable basis for subsequent stabling. • Individuals certified as OTTB
    • Horses out of the system • An information pack provided with each OTTB sold or rehomed - provided to trainers free of charge and with links to a comprehensive online resource library available free to the public.
    • Funding • It is proposed that a small monthly levy be imposed on all horses in training and on horses registered with the HRA by breeders to create a fund which will fund: • PR - Beyond racing • Certified OTTB • Certified halfway house.

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