Keeping equine athletes sound and conditioned for competition often involves a complex union of people in various roles and occupations. After all, the health of the business comes down to the health of the horse. While veterinarians are equipped with the tools and expertise to diagnose and treat most ailments, the heaviest burden of good health and performance is often shouldered by those who spend the most time with their hands on the horse: the trainers.
It’s a responsibility not lost on renowned racehorse conditioner Graham Motion, who spoke candidly about the trainer’s role in horse safety at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland on June 27.
“As a trainer, you’re constantly worried about the wellbeing of a horse,” Motion said. “We are there to protect them. There’s no one else that can do that. And that comes with tremendous responsibility, and I take it very seriously.”