Adopting and rehoming means helping a horse in need. It means that you can do your bit to provide a horse with a new forever home and help to break the cycle of neglect that they can suffer. Adopting may seem like a lengthy and often complicated process but it doesn’t have to be. After some research, an online application, and a visit, your new companion can be with you in no time. You can prepare for your new horse’s arrival with horse rugs and turnout rugs to keep them warm and comfortable in their new surroundings. Here’s how the adoption process will go.
Adopting a horse
Rehoming a horse can be very rewarding and there are many charities in the UK that can help you to find the perfect horse for you. You can rehome a horse or a pony, all with different backgrounds that come with different needs. You can search for horses to adopt in your area and then begin browsing websites for a horse that you think would be most suitable for you. These websites will tell you the horse’s height, breed, date of birth, and sometimes how long they have been at their rescue or sanctuary. They often give a brief overview of what they think each horse would be good for and share a little bit of their personality too.
Why adopt rather than buy?
Adopting a horse comes with a range of benefits. If you’re rehoming from a charity, you can be sure that the horse you choose comes with a full health check, and if they have any requirements, you will be informed so you can meet their individual needs. When you rehome a horse from a charity, it also means that you have a safety net. when adopting a horse, you should be looking at providing it with a forever home, however, sometimes circumstances change. Having a safety net that means you can give it back to the charity, is a good way to make sure that the horse does not become neglected. Along with this, you’ll also receive advice and support whenever you need it.
How do I apply?
When you’ve chosen the horse that’s right for you, it’s time to apply! It is important to make sure that you’ve read through the terms and conditions of adopting to make sure that you fit the bill. Applying is easy and can be done online. You should provide as much information as you can in your application to ensure the process runs smoothly.
What happens next?
When the application process is completed, someone will be in touch to get to know you a little better and to arrange a viewing of the horse. After you’ve met your horse, a home visit will be carried out so that the charity can make sure that you have a suitable place for your new horse to be kept. When this has taken place and you have passed all necessary checks, your horse can come home! Visits may take place after your horse has settled to allow you to ask any questions you may have and to check how your new arrival is enjoying their new life with you.