Moorcroft Racehorse centre’s busy month ahead

Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, at Huntingrove Stud, Slinfold, is looking ahead to a busy October, following on from a summer where ex-racehorses being retrained there have been out to low-level competitions.

These competitions give the horses valuable experience in other spheres- so their retraining is complete before they go to long-term new homes.

Centre manager Mary Frances said: ” We rarely come home without rosettes and it does the horses good to know that they are no longer going to a racecourse every time they travell in the lorry. It also ensures that we know how they load and travel so that there are no new surprises for their new keepers.

A retrained racehorse taking part in a Moorcroft display Photo:Jeannie Knight

A retrained racehorse taking part in a Moorcroft display Photo:Jeannie Knight

She added: ” We are lucky to have a few good venues near us in Bridge House Dressage, Sands Farm and HRH Equestrian, which are all friendly helpful places within easy reach to start young horses competing.”

Moorcroft has a busy October, starting with a lecture on Saturday October 15 at 11am when Rory O’ Shea, MRCVS, who is a specialist in equine lameness, will speak about how hind limb lameness can affect a horse’s back.

This will cover biomechanics- the back as a suspension bridge and hind limbs as an engine. He will also discuss common coinciding back and hindlimb pathologies, as well as diagnostic and treatment protocols for associated hindlimb and back problems.

Book early with Moorcroft on 07929 666408 for  tickets which are £12.50, or email moorcroftracehorse@gmail.com

In addition Moorcroft’s annual race day at Plumpton Racecourse takes place on Monday October 17- offering a great day out at the races with a three course lunch in a marquee with outstanding raffle prizes and an auction- as well as the chance to support the outstanding work done by this fine charity.

Traditionally the raceday starts with some highly competitive pony racing, before racing proper begins..

Chairman of Moorcroft trustees, Tim Fox presenting Vera Akehurst, pony race organiser with a bouquet at a previou raceday Photo: Jeannie Knight

Chairman of Moorcroft trustees, Tim Fox presenting Vera Akehurst, pony race organiser, with a bouquet at a previous raceday
Photo: Jeannie Knight

This is a vital fundraiser enabling Moorcroft to continue the valuable work it does to retrain ex-racehorses for another life.

For raceday tickets, contact Allison at Plumpton on 01273 890383 or ring Moorcroft on 07929 666408.

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