IFAR Mission


IFAR Objectives

  • To share best practice between aftercare organisations.

  • To raise awareness of the importance of welfare for Thoroughbred racehorses and improve education on lifetime care, including end of life issues, to all international racing communities and the general public in those countries.

  • To increase commitment to the welfare of Thoroughbreds and achieve greater utilisation of the former racehorse population by facilitating the placement of retired Thoroughbred racehorses in second careers.

  • To increase demand for Thoroughbreds in other equestrian sports and promote the versatility and adaptability of the former racehorse.

  • To meet to review progress by IFAR at least annually.

IFAR Values

  • Leadership – the global depth of experience, knowledge and sharing of best practice in securing the lifetime care and alternative careers for Thoroughbred racehorses.

  • Accountability – raising awareness of the responsibility by the international racing community and commitment to the welfare of its equine participants.

  • Communication – providing relevant and timely communication between member organisations to facilitate the exchange of information.

  • Empathy – maximizing the wellbeing of Thoroughbred racehorses and helping develop greater education and understanding by their new owners.