A key element of Hearts Racing is concern for the welfare of our horses. In 2009 Hearts Racing management actively encouraged Racing Victoria to address public perceptions of the treatment of ex-racehorses which led to the creation of its Off The Track Program.
Research conducted with the general public by Racing Victoria prior to the launch of our Racehorse Outplacement Program showed that women in particular were concerned about this issue.
So Hearts Racing revolves around equine welfare in several aspects -
- The way that Hearts Racing horses are managed before and during their racing careers.
- Use of our Racehorse Outplacement Program to retrain and rehome our retirees.
- Support of equine assisted therapy based programs which use horses with problems to treat people with emotional issues.
- Encouraging the use of thoroughbreds in equestrian sport to promote alternative uses after racing.
Some would say that there is no room for sentiment in racing. However our initial trial of what was to become Hearts Racing produced 5 winners from 5 to race. Between them they won 11 races, were second 10 times and third twice from only 52 starts. These horses have all retired now but many of their close relations form a part of the current Hearts Racing team. We have cared for all of our retirees who live on our farm at Coimadai.