Cindy and Emily prove a perfect match

Cindy is helping youngster Emily George regain her confidence with horses.

World Horse Welfare is pushing the merits of rehoming horses, citing the case of an 11-year-old girl who is regaining her riding confidence thanks to one of its rescue ponies.

The British-based international charity has deemed March “Rehome a Horse” month, and said it wanted to stress the merits of rehoming horses, not just for the animals, but also for their new caregivers.

Sarah George rehomed 13-hand Cindy from the charity’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Snetterton, Norfolk, last December for her daughter, Emily, after she had a nasty experience on another pony, leading to her losing her confidence.

Sarah said: “When Emily lost her confidence on the last pony that she rode, I thought it would be the best thing to find a pony that somebody knew the history of and also it’s nice to think you can give a rescue pony a home when there are so many looking for nice homes.”

“Emily was really nervous even after trying Cindy for quite a few times before we got her.

The charity suggests rehoming horses has many benefits over buying:

o It creates space at its centres, allowing it to help more neglected and abused horses.

o Rehomers are themselves giving the rescue horse they choose the opportunity to have a happy and fulfilling life in a loving new home.

o People know exactly what they are getting as all horses come with health records, microchip, passport and the honest facts about their health and abilities.

o Rehomers get a lifetime of free horse care, advice and support.

o There is a safety net in place with all the horses in case people’s circumstances change or a child outgrows the animal and it needs to be returned to the charity.

“It’s been fantastic because Cindy’s experienced. We know her history and we know what she’s done. So I can really recommend it. It’s almost the perfect way to have a pony because its foolproof and it’s safe. You’ve got people watching over the welfare of your pony and also watching over your welfare and checking to see how you’re getting on.”

Once the charity’s horses have been fully rehabilitated, they are rehomed.

All of the details of each animal are added to its Rehome a Horse pages of its website, where people can find out everything about them such as their personality and the level of work they can do.

Anyone interested in a horse or pony can express their interest online and a member of the rehoming team will arrange a time to come and meet the horse at the relevant rescue and rehoming Centre.

Where ridden horses are concerned, the potential rehomer will need to have at least one riding assessment to ensure the horse and rider are a good match.

Emily said of the process: “It’s definitely very easy; everyone was really helpful and friendly. You weren’t forced into doing anything you don’t want to because they want the ponies to go to the right home as much as you do.

“I’m much more confident now. When I first got Cindy, if she had been naughty I wouldn’t have been able to sort her out, but now I can just get on her and be the boss!”

Once the right person has been found, the local World Horse Welfare field officer will make sure that the potential new home is safe and suitable.

If this is successful, the horse has one final check from the vet before the rehomer signs the rehoming agreement and takes the horse home.

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