From owners, to trainers, stablehands and jockeys, all within Victorian racing share a common bond. They are #hereforthehorses every day pursuing a career or hobby within racing because of their love of the horse. They are dedicated and passionate about the thoroughbred and its welfare before, during and after racing. 

The #hereforthehorses platform provides the Victorian racing community and its partners with an opportunity to project their shared values and demonstrate their love of the horse. All within the Victorian racing industry are being encouraged to share how they put the horse first every day and use the hashtag  #hereforthehorses.

Racing Victoria’s (RV) accelerated and expanded three-year equine welfare action plan is the biggest in the sport’s history in Victoria and is helping to improve welfare outcomes for horses before, during and after racing.

In October 2019, RV committed $25 million to expedite the development of effective and tangible initiatives to create a sustainable approach to equine welfare to support the great work of trainers, owners and industry stakeholders.

This increased investment in equine welfare is already paying dividends with a plethora of programs and initiatives driving better welfare outcomes for Victorian thoroughbred racehorses.

Racing Victoria is committed to developing world-leading equine welfare practices. Horses are the centrepiece of our industry and we are committed to ensuring that they are afforded the appropriate care and attention both during and after their racing life.

If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of thoroughbred racehorses in Victoria please contact the Racing Victoria Equine Welfare Department via email or by phone on 03 9258 4258. Information can be supplied on a strictly confidential basis.