OFF THE TRACK WA AND EQUESTRIAN WA EVENTS AND CLINICS ANNOUNCED
Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with Equestrian Western Australia (EWA) through its Off the Track WA program, to present a series of events across the State in 2020.
The series, which covers both regional and metropolitan areas, will provide an opportunity for owners of retired racehorses to participate in clinics with EA accredited coaches and competitions across various disciplines.
RWWA General Manager Racing Charlotte Mills said the partnership forms part of RWWA’s recently announced Racehorse Welfare Plan.
“The series will provide further assistance in the transition of retired racehorses to equestrian and pleasure pursuits,” said RWWA General Manager Racing Charlotte Mills.
“RWWA is committed to ensuring that the best levels of care are given to thoroughbreds and standardbreds throughout all stages of their lives and we will continue to implement the various initiatives outlined in our Racehorse Welfare Plan over the next six to 12 months.”
EWA Chief Executive Officer Dwight Pedlow said he was delighted with the new partnership.
“EWA is honoured to be working with RWWA’s Off the Track program as we believe these competitions and clinics will play an important role in providing educational and encouragement events for owners of retired racehorses,” said Mr Pedlow.
The events will be open to any thoroughbred and standardbred bred for the purposes of racing, including those who have not trialled or raced. Entry fees will be subsidised by RWWA’s Off the Track program with prices capped at $25 per rider per day, with no EWA membership or EWA horse registration requirements.
However, EWA are offering a $25 discounted membership for new members who participate in the Off the Track events.
The series will kick off at the State Equestrian Centre on 18 January 2020, with a dressage and jumping encouragement day. For more information on the events being held visit https://www.wa.equestrian.org.au/ewaott-events-and-clinics
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UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS WHEN WORKING YOUR HORSE IN THIS HEAT
EA has a good Hot Weather Policy that is applied to all EA Competitions, but it’s also a great tool for you to use when deciding how and when to work your horse in the heat. The Wet Bulb Globe Temperature gives you an indication of the risk to your horse’s health and wellbeing by taking into account temperature and humidity.
As your horse’s physiology is better at creating heat than loosing heat, your horse will overheat faster than you will on any given day.
As a general rule, if you feel hot, your horse feels hotter.
Damage to muscles and tendons can occur with just a few degrees raised temperatures in the body, so sometimes it’s better to take time off on these very hot or humid days and miss a workout, than it is to work and potentially impact your horse’s welfare.
For example, today in the Swan Valley it will reach 39 degrees with a 37% humidity. That gives us a WBGT rating of 37, which according to the EA Hot Weather policy is a very high risk.
The policy states that for a day such as today: “These environmental conditions are very high risk and are probably not compatible with safe competition.” And also, “Aggressive cooling measures are compulsory for all horses” which would include lots of iced water and fans, and possibly hosing horses with two cold hoses for 20-40 minutes.
The EA Hot Weather Policy for implementation at competitions and EA events, but it’s a useful tool for all riders and horse owners to keep as a reference to help you make good decisions on these hot days to prioritise the welfare of your horse.
We’ll be sharing some examples of what the WBGT rating will be for various days throughout the summer. Download your copy of the EA Hot Weather Policy here.