Headlines and stories in the news about owners not putting the welfare of their horse first is another myth we need to discuss.
As an owner, you know the emotion you feel every time you see your thoroughbred. You admire the sheer physical stature of your horse; you smile when your horse gives you a cheeky nod; you worry when a viral infection is more than just a cold. It is not prompted, it is not scripted. It is how everyone responds to any member of the family.
And as an owner you know that patience is a virtue.
When miRunners’ first horse, Saganaki, trialled well and looked set to be an early runner the excitement was unbelievable. It was an exciting start, celebrations were already being planned and the enthusiasm was contagious. Then he pulled up shin sore and went straight to the paddock for a rest and some time to grow.
No questions asked.
It was a disappointing end to an amazing start but every single owner understood the decision and agreed it was the right course of action. It was what the horse needed so it was done.
And just look at Saganaki now. This is a snippet from a recent report all owners received and enjoyed.
This is not an uncommon story in racing – but it is one that is often overlooked in the media. Trainers, owners and just about everyone in the racing industry would count their four legged charges as part of their family. If they hurt, so do the owners, and just like a family member everything is done to solve the problem.
But it is not only the participants that are completely behind the welfare of these animals. In the last 12 months the racing bodies have made two significant land purchases to provide potential homes for retired racehorses as well as setting up a significant equine welfare fund. This is on the back of the establishment of a welfare fund from prize monies for participants in the industry. As the industry as whole grows so does the ability to respond to the needs of the participants.
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So as owners we need to let those outside the industry know that patience is a virtue, that our animals are some of the most well loved and without a doubt most provided for and critically cared for of many industries. These animals are elite athletes and the technology and understanding that is available to human athletes is available to equine athletes. And when an athlete speaks owners listen.
Next time someone questions whether owners’ interests are in prize money or in their horse, the answer is simple: thoroughbred ownership is about enjoying a respectful sporting life. And now everyone can join this incredible experience with the miRunners model bringing the entry price in a premium thoroughbred ownership to everyday Australians.
Join this great experience with thoroughbreds and add a four legged member to your family. You could be a part of this incredible industry and receive reports just like this one showing the incredible attention and care given to these animals.
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