The average lifespan for a horse is 25 years of age yet the average age of a thoroughbred is just over 5 years.
For those few whose lives are spared, many face an even worse fate, being passed from owner to owner, often ending up in paddocks, neglected and left to starve.
Jumps racing is Russian Roulette for horses.
How long do race horses last?
Some of the greatest Thoroughbred racehorses, including Seabiscuit and Man O’ War, raced for only two years before retiring. Others, like 16-consecutive race winner Cigar, continued racing as a 5-year-old, but for the most part a horse’s racing life will last perhaps three or four years.
How long do horses live on average?
25 – 30 years
Do race horses get slaughtered?
Two-thirds of horses set to slaughter are quarter horses, and many are castoffs from the rodeo or racing industries. The Thoroughbred-racing industry sends an estimated 10,000 horses to slaughter annually, meaning that half of the 20,000 new foals born each year will eventually be killed for their flesh.
What age do race horses peak?
Most jump racehorses are at the peak of their ability between the ages of seven and ten. Racehorses are allowed to race from the age of two years old. Often these are called Juvenile races. All horses born in the same year share their official birthday as the 1st January.