Gauntlet laid down for Britain’s experienced horse owners

Flicka needs the help of an experienced horse owners willing to help her work through her foibles. Photo: World Horse Welfare
Flicka needs the help of an experienced horse owner willing to help her work through her foibles. Photo: World Horse Welfare

Flicka is a wilful mare who doesn’t always welcome human attention.

The 10-year-old can still be grumpy when groomed and obstinate when asked to do something she doesn’t like.

She currently requires sedation when having her feet trimmed, but with time and patience this could soon become a thing of the past.

British charity World Horse Welfare has laid down the gauntlet for the country’s experienced horse owners, inviting them to take on horses like Flicka to give them a brighter future.

It has introduced a new category – project ponies and horses – to its rehoming scheme in the hopes these animals will be of interest to those with sufficient experience.

Flicka is just such a project horse. The charity says she will require lots of care and attention to gain her trust. She needs someone to give her time, and to allow her to see that life – and people – are kind.

Flicka is just one example of the many horses and ponies available for rehoming as project horses.

“These horses will need a rehomer who has the time, patience and knowledge to bring the horses on in a rare opportunity that means the rehomer will reap the rewards of rehabilitating a neglected horse themselves,” says Tanya Element, the charity’s UK support officer.

World Horse Welfare stresses that project horses or ponies are a long-term project and the rehomer will require considerable experience to take one on.

A wide variety of types, height, age and sex can be found on the charity’s rehoming section of its website.

The charity, along with others, has had to cope with a huge increase in new horses coming into its rescue and rehoming centres. It currently has about 340 horses in its care, compared with 185 in 2012.

It said it desperately needed to rehome some to make space for others in need of urgent rescue and rehabilitation.

The charity said it knew there were hundreds of people with the skills to help, who in return could gain a real sense of satisfaction from the long-term development of a horse that may have had a terrible start in life.

Britain’s main horse charities believe around 7000 equine are at risk of neglect.

World Horse Welfare is trialing a range of different ways to enable the public to rehome horses more easily, starting off with the new project horse category and lowering fees to rehome a companion. It is currently looking into lowering its membership fees for people who rehome horses.

Interested in helping? Call the charity on 01953 497238 for more information.


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