IFAR was formalised in October 2016, following symposiums instigated and supported by Godolphin
and held in the preceding two years in Kentucky and Newmarket, attended by racing's regulators and
aftercare providers, with the aim of promoting the care of Thoroughbred horses during their lifetime.
In recent years a number of initiatives in various international regions have been successful in promoting
the versatility of racehorses and their ability to adapt to alternative careers after racing.
The establishment of IFAR provides support and leadership on a range of important issues, and enables these experiences to be shared, for best practices to be adopted and for advice to be given to all racing jurisdictions regarding the welfare, care and retraining of former racehorses.
The steering group which leads the forum is comprised of representatives who work with and alongside the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) which seeks to support the efforts of organizations that provide aftercare services for Thoroughbred horses once their racing careers have ended.