Owning and retraining an ex-racehorse is exciting and with every riding day you’ll discover a new challenge.  Training – delivered with time and patience – will be well rewarded as this breed is one that aims to please.  A breed that is strong, brave and intelligent – adapting quickly to new experiences.

Once allowed time to settle and recover from the rigours of a racing yard, racehorses are usually able to enjoy life in an ordinary environment, amongst a herd, grazing and behaving like any ordinary horse.  Some may have picked up habits, but these are usually managed easily and often cease within a new environment.

The Treo Eile Academy is here to support owners of ex-racehorses.  Over the coming months we will be introducing an incentive scheme to reward the best ex-racehorse within various leagues across the country.  From dressage to showjumping, look for the Treo Eile badge to have a chance to compete for these extra prizes.  Be sure to register your racehorse here to be eligible for prizes – it’s FREE for 2021.

For every prize collected, points will be awarded and the leading thoroughbred in each division at the end of 2021 will also be awarded a bursary to be used for either training/rehab/kit.

We will also be conducting racehorse retraining clinics throughout Ireland so watch this space or check our social channels.

Racehorses can be trained to work across a range of disciplines. For an overview of the most common, please click the icons here.  Treo Eile has appointed a representative to advise on the various routes one can take to make the most of the competitions available.









Riding and training an ex-racehorse can be a simple transition for some but will always require a degree of skill and patience.  Coaches who are used to thoroughbreds will have a greater understanding of their minds and how they think.  If you require a helping hand, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of these professionals.  From an hour to an intensive course, it will be money well spent.


Your ex-racehorse has been accustomed to a rigid yard routine and to help with their transition to new pastures, we have assembled a panel of experts available to advise on best practice.  From feeding through to farriers, check on  our posts for  discussion threads and post your questions.


Ex-racehorses in therapeutic settings are becoming increasingly common.  Many have a suitable temperament and naturally enjoy interacting with vulnerable groups, often providing vital sensory experiences.   From disabled riders and dementia patients through to prisoners and troubled teens, connections with horses are having profound effects.

Working within a new team, alongside the horses has taught me respect and patience for others and myself. I’m now 100% determined to turn my life around so that it is more positive. I’m taking methods learnt with horses such as stillness and calmness and using them to improve my life.