Have you got what it takes to help Alfie?

Hall Farm groom Emma Sawyers works with OTTB Alfie, who is looking for a new home to help continue his rehabilitation.
Hall Farm groom Emma Sawyers works with OTTB Alfie, who is looking for a new home to help continue his rehabilitation.

Ex-racehorse Alfie is a horse with a mission – he needs to find someone who can help him continue on his path to a new career.

Alfie, who ran in a couple of races but was declared to be too slow, arrived at World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm as a four-uear-old, as part of a pilot scheme run in collaboration with the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) charity.

He had beenrehomed by a lady with limited equine experience who struggled to take care of him so he came to Hall Farm, World Horse Welfare’s Norfolk Rescue and Rehoming Centre, in February 2015 where he began his rehabilitation.

Due to a combination of his age and lack of work, Alfie has limited muscle tone and as a result is weak throughout his body and legs. He has spent the last few months undergoing intensive physiotherapy with stretches, in-hand pole work and remedial farriery but needs a rehomer who can continue this work for at least another year to aid his recovery and build up his strength.

Emma Sawyers, Specialist Groom at Hall Farm said Alfie was a sweet and gentle horse with a lovely character.

“He would be a fantastic addition to anyone’s life, making a great companion for both horses and humans! His rehabilitation is progressing at a slower pace than expected and we feel it will significantly aid his recovery by going to a home with an experienced rehomer who can continue his development and give him the love he needs, before being reassessed for his potential to be ridden,” Sawyers said.

“Although he is four years old, his mentality is akin to that of a two-year-old and he likes nothing better than to play with the other horses in his field. We just feel he needs more time to grow up and enjoy being a youngster so I really hope we can find him the perfect home.”

World Horse Welfare’s rehoming scheme is the largest of its kind in the UK and groups each horse or pony looking for a home into one of fourteen different categories from youngsters to companions.

Alfie and Emma.
Alfie and Emma.

World Horse Welfare Deputy Chief Executive, Tony Tyler said the charity does not usually rehome horses until they are at a later stage of rehabilitation. “Alfie is rather a unique case who would benefit from going to a home where he can relax and carry on his development in a different environment.

“We’re keen to find the ideal rehomer who can help to unlock his potential so I’d urge anyone who is interested to get in touch and see if you can offer Alfie the home he needs.”

World Horse Welfare is currently celebrating its Rehome a Horse month which 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.

More on rehoming: rehoming.worldhorsewelfare.org

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