Thank you for your interest in re-homing a pony from the Trust. Our equine’s welfare is always our first priority, taking on the responsibility for an equine is a big commitment both financially and with time, therefore it is essential that you have considered the costs, time and knowledge required to meet the horses needs over the coming years. We will do our best to ensure that a horses prospective home is entirely suitable before contracts are signed and they move, the horses welfare must always come first. Please be aware that there are no hard and fast rules in regards to the length of the process, it all depends on the individual horse/pony. This application form will give us an idea of your suitability to re-home a horse or pony from us, please give as much detail as possible. Our rescues have come from varying backgrounds, some have been rescued from heartbreaking situations, some were born here and some have come here because their owner can no longer meet their needs. Unless you are rehoming a lead rein pony for a child it is very unlikely that we would have a suitable horse or pony for an adult beginner. Most of our horses and ponies are recently backed and green making them unsuitable to learn to ride on, this is because they are still learning themselves and require an experienced rider to continue their schooling, a minimum riding capability to rehome from us would be the equivalent of a BHS level 1.
We ask for a minimum donation starting at £150 to become a Guardian to a companion or young animal and a donation starting at £300 for a ridden horse or pony. One of the many advantages of rehoming one of our rescues is that we will always honestly describe our horses and ponies regarding their health and behaviour, so rest assured there will be no nasty surprises once you have your new friend home. We will also give you ongoing support and advice.
Our horses and ponies have had a lot of time spent on training and assessment and will also be up to date with worming, dentist, farrier and tetanus vaccine. By rehoming from us not only are you offering a rescue pony a safe happy home but you are creating space, time and money for us to help other horses and ponies, thus you are helping to save more than one life.
- If you are interested in becoming Guardian to a horse or pony you will first need to fill out a Lluest Loan Application Form and send it back to us, along with a reference from a vet, farrier, BHS approved yard owner or instructor. This will help us decide if we have a suitable horse or pony to match your experience and facilities. The more information you can give us at this stage the quicker the process, video’s and pictures of you riding can be useful for us to also assess your ability if you’re seeking a ridden horse or pony. Please get in touch if you are having trouble with references.
- Once we have matched you with a suitable horse or pony we’ll invite you to come and meet the team and your chosen equine. We can then answer any questions you may have to ensure that you’re confident about the commitment of becoming a Guardian to one of our equines. Depending on the equine we may ask you to take part in an initial riding or handling assessment to ensure you are a perfect match for your new horse or pony.
- A home visit is carried out by us to ensure your facilities are suitable for the particular needs of your prospective equine. If any adjustments are needed we are always happy to discuss these with you.
- If the first visit and home check goes well you may be asked to come and visit again. If you are wanting to rehome a ridden pony you will ride them again, subsequent visits maybe deemed necessary until we are happy and fully satisfied that you are fully capable of riding them and continuing with their ongoing education.
- We will introduce you to our formal agreement and request that you sign the document. We will also require see 2 forms of ID your driving licence or passport with your current address on and utility bill or similar dated within the last 3 months. After the agreement has been signed and the minimum donation paid, arrangements are then made to move your new horse or pony to their new home. You can arrange suitable safe transport for the horse or pony yourself or we may be able to transport at an agreed cost.
- You will then become part of our Guardian Home network with access to support and advice whenever needed. You can expect our re-homing team to visit you at regular intervals to ensure that all is well and both you and your horse or pony are enjoying each other’s company. You can of course contact us at any time should you have any questions or require further advice and support.
- We suggest that you read the NEWC Equine Industry Guidelines Compendium for Horses, Ponies and Donkeys, the guide fully outlines responsibilities and gives guidance on best practice care. http://www.newc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Equine-Brochure-09.pdf