Demand the implementation of a rehoming & retraining program for ex racehorses in Greece
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Not every racehorse can become a top class racehorse and even for successful horses, racing careers are short. Off Track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) deserve a second chance : with the appropriate retraining they can make a perfect mount for many different equine disciplines or become perfect ‘happy hackers’ for horse lovers with no athletic perspectives.
Retraining and rehoming programs are implemented internationally and supported by local racing authorities (Retraining of Racehorses & British Horseracing Authority / Ligue de protection du cheval & France Galop / International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) & representatives from Australia, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan and the United States).
Considering the upcoming development of Greek horseracing and the increasing number of racehorses present in the Markopoulo Racetrack, and in order to reduce to a minimum phenomena of horse neglect and horse slaughter, it is most urgent to promote OTTB versatility through educational programs involving the retraining and rehoming of ex-racehorses.
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