Horse Welfare – 25 July 2019
With the high temperatures continuing over the next 24 hours, we will be taking extra precautions to ensure the welfare of all horses. Whilst flat horses are more acclimatised to hotter weather, and race over short distances, there will be additional veterinary cover and additional hydration points with trained personnel to assist the racing staff with cooling procedures and observe on behalf of the veterinary team. Ice will be added to washdown water troughs, with the unsaddling enclosures hosed down between each race to keep the surfaces cool. All horses are monitored for episodes of heat stress, and as such, we are aware of those who have a history and can monitor accordingly. If deemed too warm to use the winners enclosure, horses will return to the shade of the stables for cooling care.