A few questions we are sometimes asked... Why would I rehome a rescue animal? Well you are providing a home to an animal that doesn’t have one. Perhaps one that has never had a loving home. If they are rescued, are they safe? Is that horse you spent £5000 on safe? Honestly it doesn’t matter what an animal has been through, how much training they have, and how much they cost, no one can guarantee that they are safe. What we can guarantee is that we will do all we can through assessments, training (including behavioural if required), and vetting to ensure that the animal you adopt is safe and happy. We want every home to be a forever home so it is not in our best interests to rehome an animal that will not suit you.
I saw your ad, How come I can’t come and collect the horse today? We never rehome an animal on a first message. We have a rehoming policy that includes applications, meetings with you and the horse, as well as home checks, follow ups etc. It is our job to ensure every animal that leaves the sanctuary is going to the best home for him/her. This can take time but we will be as quick as we can as we too want the animal out in their home as soon as is possible. What if it doesn’t suit? Can I sell it on? No, if something changes and you cannot keep the animal any longer we will take them back and try and find another home for them. We will retain ownership of the animal throughout its life and this ensures it cannot be passed on without our knowledge and perhaps end up a bad home. Okay, so I’m interested in adopting. I’ve sent in my application and I want to meet my potential horse, what happens now? Each case is different but here is a first hand example. Betsy met Milo at the sanctuary and is very keen on adopting him. Milo is very young and only arrived at the sanctuary at the end of February this year. He has limited handling.
These are Betsy’s own words
“Milo isn't used to much handling yet, so I just sat in his pen and watched him play with his feeding ball. Every so often, he got curious and came over to see me to say Hello, then would move off again. After about 30 minutes, he let me scratch and groom him. My plan is to repeat these visits not doing much more than I did today to build confidence and trust"
It takes time for a horse to trust, it takes time for you to rehome, but what you get in the end is hopefully an animal that fits you and one that will grow with you as you learn together.