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Au-delà des Pistes

For the the organization Au-delà des Pistes, the career of a race horse is far from complete when he bows out on the race tracks. The organization is working to reconvert these young athletes to other disciplines, such as jumping or polo, and to form a harmonious couple with their new rider.

Hello Dereck,

The European system is based on the American system. Then, in terms of retirement, the USA (benefiting from a much larger area of ​​grassland) benefit from many associations and foundations that host and maintain the racehorses in retirement. These associations / foundations are financed by donations and patronage. In Australia too.
In Europe, these foundations for retirement are still few and we hope one day develop this side. On the other hand, in terms of conversion, Europe is very active.

All The Best,
ADDP Team

Hello Kareen,

Today, we mainly have donor/supporters from the horse racing industry. Coaches, owners, breeders, stud farms, sales agencies ... all show us their support for the well-being of their horses who arrive at the end of their careers.

All The Best,
ADDP Team

Hello David,

We do not really explain it. Many associations like ours existed for many years in Ireland, England, USA and Australia, where the Reformed Race Horses are also very popular for equestrian sports.

Perhaps their longer existence has led to the reconversion of race horses to be much more popular in these countries.
After, you must know that many race horses have been reformed in France for many years but this is until today remained a market to say underground and nobody had heard about what was really happening.
Hence the goal of our association www.audeladespistes.fr to put this phenomenon and the potential of these horses in light for more and more riders are moving towards the racehorses in their search for a new horse for their equestrian discipline.

All The Best,
ADDP Team

Dear Coleen,

A ex-racehorse would cost between 0€ (if you manage to find one for free !) and 4.000 € in the majority of cases. Exceptions exist but, generally, these are the prices .

www.audeladepsistes.fr

All the best,
ADDP Team

Hello Mona,

There is no standard equipment to advise you. Just check that your saddle is pretty well adjusted because the race horses sometimes have the withers protruding. Then the big bits will often be appreciated at first until you find the right harness that suits him. It all depends on how he was trained. If he used to have insertions or not etc ...

All The Best,
ADDP Team

Hello Linda,

We are not veterinarians and our words will be confirmed by a qualified person, but what seems rather safe is that you need a low-energy diet with a big piece of high protein to help you take the muscular mass.

Then, if your horse remains thin it may be due to stress (maybe trying supplements based on plants to reduce stress and anxiety) but also watch out if he doesn't have ulcers. Ulcers are not very generally good for weight gain. The ulcers are very good, rest assured.

Finally, the work of bodybuilding is also very important. The more the horse works in the right direction (thanks to possible rehearsals and adapted exercises), the more he gets muscular, and the more he will gain weight.

All The Best,
ADDP Team

Hello Kim,

It is true that the first codes of a racehorse are established so that when the reins are shortened, it is synonymous with speed and progress.
There is not really a typical process except patience. The patience to introduce new codes.
After, when the racehorse is left alone in a career, with a saddle and a different rider position, it is still rare for the horse to look for the finish post although the contact with the mouth is more constant.
Apart from the patience, the reward and the strictness in the establishment of the codes, there is no magic formula ..

All The Best,
ADDP Team

Hello Will,

A veterinarian told us one day "All racehorses have ulcers, but only 4% can suffer, and this is always reachable."
This comes a lot from their very energetic diet that is given to them for their training. In particular, dry oats. Adding this to the possible stress that some racehorses may have due to their respective character. So yes, many race horses have ulcers but once their diet is changed when they arrive in the circuit of reconversion (often a diet less rich and complemented with supplements), ulcers disappear on their own. If the ulcers persist, and the horse suffers, there are very good products that solve the problem.

All The Best,
ADDP Team

Hello Alexia,

No racehorses haven't major weakness coming out of the races. Most commonly, we find some problems of osteoarthritis, old tendinitis. We even see horses coming out fractured races but who find a second career after a period of convalescence adapted. There is no difference in weakness (when there is one) between a sport horse and a racehorse.

All The Best,
ADDP Team

Hi Ryan,

In the USA, there are a lot but please find here some :

Retired Racehorse Project --> https://www.retiredracehorseproject.org

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance --> http://www.thoroughbredaftercare.org

In Australia :
Off The Track Thoroughbred -->
https://rv.racing.com/the-horse/off-the-track

In UK :
Retraining Of Racehorse -->
http://www.ror.org.uk

www.audeladepsistes.fr

All The Best,
ADDP Team