The Horse Comes First

The Horse Comes First is a campaign supported by some of the leading organisation in racing to increase awareness of the high standards of equine welfare in the sport. The initiative aims to improve understanding of the care given to race horses throughout and after their careers in racing.


Since the year 2000, British Racing has invested £32 million since 2000 in veterinary research and education.

British Racing is among the world's best regulated animal activities. The sport employs over 6,000 people to provide care and attention for the 14,000 horses in training, providing them with a level of care and a quality of life that is virtually unsurpassed by any other domesticated animal.

Racecourses employ experienced veterinary surgeons and have state-of-the-art horse ambulances available to ensure the very best treatment of any injury. In the event of an incident on a racecourse.

An increasing number of racehorses go on to successful second careers after retiring from the track. There are currently over 11,500 horses registered with Retraining of Racehorses

In all, the industry invests over £600,000 each year facilitating the rehoming and retraining of racehorses.


You can find out more about Horse Welfare in British Racing HERE

You can visit the Horse Comes First website here to learn more T
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