IFAR - PRINCIPLES OF AFTERCARE


  • To promote the care of Thoroughbred horses during their lifetime.

  • This care should be in line with accepted veterinary standards, national practices and end of life management.

  • To make provision for the care and welfare of vulnerable former Thoroughbred racehorses through an appropriate body/bodies.

  • To promote the suitability, adaptability and use of Thoroughbred racehorses for a variety of equestrian activities so as to have an active life after racing, and raise awareness amongst racing's participants and third parties of horse welfare and the lifetime care of Thoroughbred racehorses.

  • To improve education for all those who own, use or care for Thoroughbred racehorses with easier access to advice and guidance.

  • To facilitate cooperation between horseracing regulators and aftercare providers to communicate effectively, share information and develop greater expertise in all matters as they relate to the lifetime care, retraining, and second career options for the Thoroughbred racehorse.

  • Agree that a national/international system for tracking Thoroughbreds throughout their lives, including registered current ownership, is desirable in order to establish accountability and traceability.

  • To increase awareness within the international racing community, the sport horse world and the general public, of the role and benefits of IFAR and a much greater understanding of the position in relation to the activities of former racehorses.


Progress will be reviewed regularly by an international IFAR Conference that will meet at least annually. The conference will rotate around the globe and follow the IFHA calendar. Each Racing jurisdiction will be invited to send up to three representatives from their country which can include representatives from their country's aftercare organizations. Jurisdictions are permitted to petition the IFAR Chair for additional representatives if warranted.