Racehorses – Starting, Pre-Training, Retraining

With his father operating a small scale Thoroughbred breeding operation in Australia, Jason learnt the art of starting and pre-training racehorses from an early age, as well as retraining the not-so-quick ones!

Starting and Pre-Training

We first used Jason Webb to start a very tricky youngster; I can highly recommended for working with young racehorses

Jim Boyle Racing

Here at Risebridge Farm, Jason handles and starts racehorses in a similar way to other horses, whilst acknowledging the differences in the way they will be ridden and managed in their racing career. With the combination of Jason’s methods and the excellent facilities and care, Jason not only produces horses that are ready to go into training, but even colts and the trickiest of youngsters turn out easy to handle and to retrain should their career in racing fail.

Victor-racehorse

Retraining

“Twister came to Jason as an ex-race horse who had been left at grass for 3 years and needed to be retrained as a hacking horse. Jason worked with both Twister and myself giving us the techniques and tools to deal with Twisters quirks.

With little money to spend on ‘made’ horses, Jason’s teenage years were spent retraining their homebred racehorses for showjumping, eventing, polo, polocrosse, campdrafting (working cows) and working horses, with some even going on to win major accolades. Here in the UK, he has found there is a great demand for retraining racehorses and even though not all of them will go on to compete at a high level, Jason believes they all deserve a second career and that with the right rider can go on to lead useful lives. Of the ex-racehorses that have come through the yard, some have gone on to compete successfully in affiliated dressage and eventing, whilst others have found their forte on the polo or polocrosse field. Some like this endurance horse, just needed some work on a specific area in order to go on to success,

“I had a horse straight out of racing to compete in Endurance riding but he was difficult with his hind feet and did not tie up, which led to elimination at Vet Checks. After Jason had done his magic we never had any further trouble with this horse, who went on to compete successfully.”Bryony Dickens, Endurance Rider

retraining of racehorses

Jason also believes that many ex-racehorses are misunderstood and labeled as “highly strung” and “difficult” when they just need some time and understanding to make the adjustment to life outside of racing. The issues people have with their ex-racers are not necessarily related to their previous careers and once the issues have been solved, the majority turn out to be highly reliable and versatile mounts,

“Twister came to Jason as an ex-race horse who had been left at grass for 3 years and needed to be retrained as a hacking horse. Jason worked with both Twister and myself giving us the techniques and tools to deal with Twisters quirks.”

Working with Retraining of Racehorses (RoR)

Jason has a wealth of knowledge that he departs in a calm and understandable manner. He can offer people the tools to make riding and handling their horse an enjoyable experience and this helps to build/restore confidence. Even if you are very experienced Jason has tips and insight to offer

Pippa Boyle, ROR South East

Jason regularly works for Retraining of Racehorses, conducting demonstrations and clinics for the organization throughout the South East. Retraining of Racehorses is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing. Amongst other roles, it raises funds from within the Racing Industry to help support the charitable retraining and rehoming of former racehorses, helps provide facilities for the care, retraining and rehoming of former racehorses, promotes the adaptability of racehorses to other equestrian activities and runs a well established programme of competition sponsorship and clinics to educate and improve riders handling former racehorses. The ultimate goal is to achieve a balance between the number of horses leaving Racing and the number of enthusiastic, and suitable, new homes.

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