Thoroughbred Aftercare One of Main Topics at Welfare Seminar

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance was a main focus during a session entitled “Totally Aftercare.”

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The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), which recently announced a new funding plan, was a main focus during a session entitled "Totally Aftercare" that closed out the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, Oct. 17 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.

Michael Ziegler, who serves as executive director of the TAA as well as the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety and Integrity Alliance, reported on the requirements for an aftercare facility to become a TAA member.

Some of the specifics include being financially and operationally stable, and having non-profit status, proper insurance, a board of directors, and sufficient volunteers. Accredited facilities must also provide proper care for their horses and have a policy that’s consistent with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).

"Accredited organizations should also work with the industry and educate them on the importance of aftercare," said Ziegler. "They need to market what they’re doing and show the industry in the right limelight

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Esther Marr is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.

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