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Racehorse to Riding Horse Lecture Day (CPD)

23 July 2021

Moorcroft Equine Rehabilitation Centre (formerly known as Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre) is a BHS Approved Centre with the mission to re-school and rehabilitate former racehorses that can then have a real chance at a second career. In recent years the team at Moorcroft has also begun helping with short-term schooling and rehabilitation for all types of horses.

Mary Francis, Chief Executive of Moorcroft, has spent most of her equine working life training young and wayward horses and has gained much sympathy and understanding in this field. She has understands that physical discomfort in the horse will dictate its behaviour, especially when ridden, so making sure all horses are sound and pain free is paramount to good progress, safe riding and to the horses to ensure a happy and progressive future. She is assisted by a small team including Yard Manager Lianne Bird, a Stage 3 Coach and Stable Manager, and Kate Akers, who holds a Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy.

Programme for the day (subject to change)

  • 09.30     Arrival, tea and coffee available
  • 10.00     Introduction and Housekeeping
  • 10.10     Long-reining Demonstration
  • A thorough in-depth explanation on how to long-rein, why to long-rein and what can be achieved. A chance to have a go for those interested (Covid restrictions permitting).
  • 11.30     The Young ex-racehorse – how we start them off
  • 12.00     The more retrained ex-racehorse – working the canter, starting lateral work
  • 12.45     Lunch break
  • 13.30     Ridden demonstration - improving the basic paces
  • 14.15     Feeding the Thoroughbred and others – keeping it simple and close to nature
  • 14.45     Assessing muscular and joint pain in horses – with Kate Akers MVetPhys RAMP NAVP
  • 15.15     Tour of the centre and all the facilities explained with regard to their role in rehabilitation
  • 15.45     Questions and close


The day will be run in compliance with Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time, with numbers restricted and with social distancing protocols in place as necessary (of course we hope restrictions will be a thing of the past by then!).

Tea and coffee will be available but there is no café on site - please bring a packed lunch. come suitably prepared.  

The training will be held largely in the covered arena, please dress appropriately. You may wish to bring a cushion for the arena seating and sit in style!

The day is CPD for BHS Accredited Professional Coaches - please note you need to attend the full day to count for your CPD (if you only attend part of the day, only those hours will be counted). 

Cancellation Policy: 

If the event is cancelled by the organiser (for example due to Covid-19 restrictions), then full refunds will be issued. Tickets cancelled by the attendee will be refunded providing they can be resold.

Any ticket holders testing positive for coronavirus or displaying coronavirus symptoms themselves, or who have to self-isolate due to proximity to someone either displaying symptoms or testing positive, must not attend the event under any circumstances. They will be refunded in full.

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