Equestrians urged to rehome, repurpose instead of buying a horse

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September is Rehome a Horse Month and this year British charity World Horse Welfare aims to exceed last year’s record of finding 300 horses fabulous new homes.

The annual Rehome a Horse Month also marks the launch of a new and improved rehoming website and a celebration of what the charity’s fantastic rehomers have achieved with their equally fantastic equines.

Rehoming is core to World Horse Welfare’s work, giving the horses and ponies who have undergone rehabilitation the chance to reach their full potential and freeing up space in the charity’s four Rescue and Rehoming Centres for the thousands of horses in need of care. At any one time World Horse Welfare could have up to 100 horses, ponies and sometimes even donkeys and mules, looking for new homes so the charity is urging anyone thinking of buying a horse to consider rehoming instead.

Renowned sports TV presenter and Patron of World Horse Welfare, Lee McKenzie, is kick-starting Rehome a Horse Month with a video guide to the rehoming process.

“Many people rehome cats and dogs or know someone who has, but when it comes to rehoming a horse they often think twice,” McKenzie said.

“Horses are bought and sold privately through many different channels which unfortunately leaves you open to the risk of unscrupulous sellers. It’s very rare to know the horse’s full history and if the partnership doesn’t work out then your options are very limited.

“In contrast, when you rehome a horse from World Horse Welfare you know exactly what you are getting. Each horse comes with a full MOT, health check, passport, microchip and honest explanation of their character and quirks. Plus if the horse is not right or your circumstances change, you can return it at any time safe in the knowledge that World Horse Welfare will find it the ideal new home.”

Sports TV presenter and World Horse Welfare patron Lee McKenzie.
Sports TV presenter and World Horse Welfare patron Lee McKenzie.

Rehome a Horse month not only shines a light on the horses and ponies who are looking for homes but also showcases the stories of the 1700 World Horse Welfare horses and ponies currently out in homes around the country, from those competing at eventing, dressage, vaulting and showjumping to pleasure driving, hacking, side-saddle and those who provide faithful friendship to their rehomers and equine companions.

World Horse Welfare marked a 10 year record last year with 300 horses rehomed – and the charity hopes to exceed this number in 2015.

World Horse Welfare Deputy Chief Executive and Head of UK, Tony Tyler, said the public’s increased interest in rehoming was important to the sustainability of the charity’s work in helping horses.

“We have worked hard to promote the variety and quality of our horses and ponies as well as the genuine advantages of rehoming over buying or breeding. Our rehoming scheme groups horses into several categories dependant on their age, experience and suitability for different activities and covers everything from non-ridden companions to those with potential to make competition horses,” Tyler said.

“We recently reviewed our rehoming scheme and rehoming website to make it more straightforward and easier for people to apply, and introduced new categories of horse such as ‘Project Horse or Pony’ which allows us to find experienced homes for our horses sooner so they can continue their education with a rehomer.”

For more information on rehoming, visit rehoming.worldhorsewelfare.org.

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One thought on “Equestrians urged to rehome, repurpose instead of buying a horse

  • September 3, 2015 at 3:37 pm
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    Fantastic

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