Adopting a former racehorse made easier with new online resources

2 June 2022

A new website is giving a giddy-up to horse enthusiasts looking to adopt retired racehorses.

Off-the-Track Horses: An Information Hub is a collaboration between University of Queensland equine researchers, clinicians and professionals as part of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s (QRIC) Racing Animal Welfare grants program.

UQ’s Dr Anne Beasley said horses can enjoy long and happy lives after their racing careers, whether it be in competitive equestrian sport, pony club or as treasured companion animals.

“Thoroughbreds are truly smart, beautiful and versatile creatures who offer a lifetime of joy to their human companions,” Dr Beasley said.

“We’re hoping to significantly boost the number of adopted off-the-track horses in Queensland by providing educational resources and inspiration to people looking to acquire them.”

The website provides information on everything from transitioning behaviours to biosecurity considerations, vet assessment procedures and dental care.

There are also re-homing success stories of horses who have finished racing but are not yet ‘past the post’.

“People who adopt former racehorses say it’s incredibly rewarding to give these magnificent animals a life off the track,” Dr Beasley said.

“We’re a nation of animal-lovers and people want to know that the welfare of racehorses is taken very seriously and is a high priority within the industry.”

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Shane Gillard said the Off-the-Track Horses website supports both horses and the equine community.

“Animal welfare is paramount and we’re working diligently to make off-the-track transitions as seamless as possible,” Mr Gillard said.

“We’re proud to have supported this project through a QRIC Racing Animal Welfare grant and we’re excited to see the results.”

Potential adopters can find out more at the Off-the-Track Horses: An Information Hub website.

Media: Dr Anne Beasley, 0421 336 294; Faculty of Science Media,, 0438 162 687; QRIC Media 0472 842 346.