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Retired racehorses' welfare poses huge challenge to racing industry, amid calls for change across the board

Jo McKinnon's love for horses began even before she could walk.

"Apparently back then, I was completely enamoured with the animal," she said.

McKinnon's mother was a keen equestrian rider, and each year she would bring her daughter with her as she went from stable to stable, meeting with some of Victoria's leading trainers.

"Most of those trainers back then just needed to move those horses on," she said.

"We would give them a decent break in the paddock to let down from racing, then you would start on that horse when you felt that it was at a turning point."

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Article written by: Patrick Galloway

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