Planning for a horse’s retirement is an incredibly important issue, but one that often isn’t addressed until the animal’s racing career is over.
My friend Monica Driver is the managing partner of Mosaic Stables, where they’re taking a pro-active approach – training their horses to race, and at the same time preparing them for other disciplines when their racing career is over.
I love this method, for a few reasons.
Aside from securing the horse’s future after racing, trainers are discovering that cross training improves their performance on the track, and makes for happy, well rounded animals to boot.
For the whole story, take a look at Susan Salk’s article at Off Track Thoroughbreds: