“Wastage” is the term used to describe the number of horses exiting the racing industry, either before or after their actual racing career. It’s a sticking point for the industry, and one reason why it often comes under fire from activists and welfare groups. There are a large number of re-homing and re-training professional or not for profit organisations who are devoted to reducing this number.
It’s great that these organisations are there, and that the racing industry is involved in supporting them. Here’s a story from the famous Godolphin stables in the UK about how they are actively approaching this issue, and working to re-train and re-home may of their ex-racehorses as a part of their commitment to being a business “where the horses come first”.by