The Horse Trust has launched a rehoming scheme in response to demand from desperate horse owners affected by the credit crunch.
The charity said it had seen a large increase in enquiries from cash-strapped owners who needed to rehome their horses, yet at the same time has had to close the doors of its sanctuary due to a drop in public donations. This is the first time in its 123-year history that the charity has got involved with rehoming horses.
The charity’s new rehoming scheme will focus on retired, unridden horses from any background.
“We have been receiving so many calls from people who are desperate to rehome their horse that we wondered what we could do to help,” said Paul Jepson, chief executive and veterinary director of The Horse Trust. “Owners simply can’t find anyone who is willing to take on an older horse, so euthanasia is often the only option they have. We hope this scheme will give owners another option and will give many older horses the opportunity for the secure and happy retirement they deserve.”
Due to limited resources, the charity will primarily consider horses and homes within a 50-mile radius of the sanctuary. All horses and potential homes will be visited to assess their suitability and the charity will regularly visit the rehomed horse to ensure it is receiving an appropriate standard of care.
The first horse to be rehomed through the scheme was Nemo (pictured), a 15-year-old Greater Manchester Police horse. Nemo, a 16.2hh chestnut gelding, had developed degenerative joint disease in his front feet, which meant he had to be retired from police duties. Nemo has been taken in by Annabel Gilson (pictured above), 28, and her partner Grant Cocklin, 40, who live in Wrotham Heath, Kent.