Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I surrender a horse to Team Thoroughbred NSW?

Team Thoroughbred will accept and care for horses predominantly domiciled in NSW that retire from Thoroughbred racing, or when the decision has been made not to race a horse, if they are unable to find a suitable home.

Prior to acceptance of a horse into the program the following steps must be taken:

  1. The horse must have been formally retired using Racing Australia’s Horse Retirement Form.
  2. Reasonable attempts must have been made to re-home the horse to a suitable home in accordance with NSW Local Rule of Racing 114 (5c) where the horse will be cared for in accordance with Racing NSW’s Minimum Standards of equine welfare.
  3. The horse must have completed prescribed veterinary treatment and rehabilitation in accordance with NSW Local Rule of Racing 114 (5g).
  4. Residual lameness following completion of treatment must be disclosed and discussed prior to surrender.
  5. The horse should have records of:
    1. Dental Float and Balance in the last 12 months
    2. Tetanus and Strangles vaccination in last 12 months (2 in 1)
    3. Worming within the last 3 months
  6. The Horse Surrender Agreement must be completed in full and emailed to along with photos of the horse (head on, and both sides with brands visible). Please also attach any veterinary reports and scans.
  7. Our team will then review the forms and ensure we have all information that is required and be in contact to provide written confirmation of acceptance and details of where to transport the horse.

No horse is to be transported to a Racing NSW property until points 1 to 7 above have been completed.

For any questions, please contact us on 02 9551 7500 or email

Relevant links can be found below:

Retirement of a Racehorse and Death Notification

Horse Surrender Agreement

Local Rule of Racing 114

Minimum Standards and Guidelines of Equine Welfare

  • Does it cost anything to surrender a horse to Team Thoroughbred NSW?

No, surrendering a horse to Team Thoroughbred NSW does not cost anything. Ownership of the horse and all associated costs and responsibilities are transferred to Team Thoroughbred NSW.

  • What happens to a horse once it is in Team Thoroughbred NSW’s care?

When a horse arrives at one of Team Thoroughbred NSW’s equine welfare farms, it is thoroughly checked over and given any care or treatment it needs (eg farrier work, worming treatment etc.) The horse is then assessed for suitability in its next career and given the appropriate retraining.

  • What happens if a horse is unsuitable for rehoming?

A horse can sometimes be deemed unsuitable for rehoming due to behavioural problems or a long-term injury. In this case, the horse will remain in Team Thoroughbred NSW’s care indefinitely. There is no limit to how long a horse can stay with Team Thoroughbred NSW.

  • Am I able to spell my horse with Team Thoroughbred NSW?

No, Team Thoroughbred NSW does not offer spelling facilities.

  • I know of a Thoroughbred which is not being adequately cared for. How do I report it?

Concerns for welfare can be reported by emailing Please include as much information as possible.

  • How can I rehome a Team Thoroughbred NSW horse?

Please download a potential buyer form, fill it in and submit it to Once the form has been received and reviewed, a Team Thoroughbred NSW representative will be in touch to discuss the next steps.

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