RUTH Carr has become the first known trainer to take all of their horses out of training.
The Yorkshire-based handler does NOT believe the sport will return as intended in May and took the decision after the latest Government measures were announced.
Her horses will be turned out in the field daily, but it means only a small number of staff are needed and Carr believes the team is doing ‘our bit’ for the country.
She explained: “On Monday I made the difficult decision to take all the horses out of training having spent the weekend following the news and latest government advice.
“I cannot realistically see we will be racing in May.
“All the horses know their jobs so cantering them every day with no end goal is only putting miles on their joints and not doing them any favours mentally.”
Racing continues behind closed doors in Ireland and Britain is set to race again in five weeks, but Carr does not think that will be the case.
She added: “I don't know what is the right or wrong course of action but I’m doing what I think is right for my team, owners, business and, without sounding over dramatic, the country.
“For all we try hard – every surface that we touch is a risk and there’s masses here.
“Barrow handles, feed scoops, gates, doors, feed bins, mucking out kit, pens, the kettle, it never ends.
“I feel that by reducing the amount of people here we are at least reducing that risk and doing ‘our bit’.”
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