Most statistics mentioned on this website are taken directly from the industry produced annual publication, the Australian Racing Fact Book, which can be viewed here
According to the statistics in these publications, the racing industry breeds approx 13,000 racehorses every single year (although there has been significant decline from 18,000 just eight years ago). View reference
Every year approx. 31,500 racehorses participate in horse racing (to view exact figures e.g. 2013-14 the Australian Racing Fact Book recorded that 36,675 horses participated in racing in Australia, view this reference
If approximately 13,000 new horses are being bred for the industry every year, and the total participants remains the same, then the same number must also be leaving each year. A common argument by the racing industry is that these horses go into breeding, however there two important factors to note:
- Most racehorses are geldings (unable to breed), and therefore of no use to the breeding industry.
- The number of horses involved in breeding (both mares and stallions) has been in decline by 10-15% over the past five years. Consequently, for every new horse that enters the breeding industry, at least one horse must also leave. * See breeding statistics here
As the racing industry breeds without consequence, many horses are simply treated as economic commodities and like any bad investment, are discarded of when no longer profitable.
There currently is no retirement plan for all racehorses, but CPR hopes to change this through our 1 % To Stop The Slaughter (Retirement Plan) campaign.