Rehoming Introduction

Rehoming

Welcome to The Horse Trust’s rehoming area. Please see below the horses and ponies that we currently have available for rehoming.

For the purpose of this information the term “horse” is used to include horses, ponies, donkeys, hinnies and mules.

Welcome to The Horse Trust’s rehoming area. Please see below the horses and ponies that we currently have available for rehoming.

The Horse Trust rehomes all horses on a loan basis, which means that The Horse Trust will always retain ownership of horses and a Rehoming Agreement will be put in place between The Horse Trust and the borrower. This allows us to check on all of our horses on a regular basis and ensure their continued welfare. An example of our standard Rehoming Agreement is available here.

All our borrowers are private individuals and we will only enter into a Rehoming Agreement with one individual. We do not enter into Rehoming Agreements with joint borrowers.

We will always look for long term/permanent homes for our horses, however, should a borrower’s circumstances change, for instance, a change of address and facilities for accommodation of the horse, we will take a horse back where necessary. In this instance where possible we will ask for 30 days’ notice in writing to terminate the Rehoming Agreement.

Rehoming a horse from The Horse Trust

We require all applicants to be over the age of 18 to apply to rehome a horse.

We must stress that horses will be rehomed to the best possible home available and not on a first come, first served basis.

As a charity we are unable to supply tack and equipment when rehoming horses.

Rehoming – important information

Please read this whole section of the website in full if you are interested in helping The Horse Trust rehome a horse. It contains important information about the processes we go through before any of our horses are rehomed and what we ask from you in that process. You can also download a copy of all our relevant forms and agreements by following through this section of the website.

The Horse Trust is keen to find suitable homes for rehoming selected horses. The Horse Trust rehomes its horses solely on a loan basis, as is explained further below. If you are interested in providing a home for one of our horses and believe you can satisfy our requirements for doing so, please read this section carefully.

Rehoming a horse is one of the most important ways in which you can help The Horse Trust but of course it represents a major commitment on your part and on ours. We must therefore be clear about what we and the horse require from you and ensure that you can provide the safe, healthy and happy environment the horse needs.

In order for our horses to receive the best care possible we ask that people applying to re-home a horse are practically experienced in all relevant aspects of caring for horses.

The majority of our horses will not be suitable for novice horse owners. However, in each case the suitability of the proposed borrower and the home proposed for rehoming that horse will depend on the individual horse’s requirements.

If you have no experience with horse care it may be beneficial to take some qualifications in stable management along with gaining some practical experience before thinking about taking on a horse.

All applicants must be over the age of 18.

As The Horse Trust requires horses which are being rehomed to be checked every 3-6 months we generally re-home within a 50 mile radius of The Horse Trust. In special circumstances we may consider re-homing outside this radius.

All decisions, assessments, judgements or determinations made by the Horse Trust throughout the application process set out here will be made by the staff of and/or advisors to The Horse Trust at their discretion. We will at all times seek to act fairly towards every applicant but the paramount consideration must always be the welfare of the horse in question.

We therefore require a certain amount of information from you about yourself, the facilities you can offer the horse and your own experience and expertise with horses. An example of the Information Form we ask you to complete in order to provide that information is available here. Please read this form carefully and please also read carefully what we say in that form concerning our use of your data, our Privacy Policy and the consent we ask for to enable us to use personal data about you which belongs to special classes of personal data as referred to below.

We ask that you provide true, complete and accurate responses to all questions on this form, and we will ask you in the agreements we may then enter with you if the process goes forward to undertake legally to us that this has been the case. This is crucial information we need in order to match a horse with a suitable borrower and a good new home.

We then use that information to make a preliminary decision as to whether you may be suitable to receive your chosen horse for rehoming. To do this we consider all applicants who have expressed an interest in a particular horse and we will then make a selection of the applicant who in our judgement is best able to satisfy our requirements in relation to the wellbeing and safety of the horse. We will notify all applicants of our decision in writing by way of email to the address given in the application but our decision will be final. While we may give feedback in appropriate cases where further guidance or information is appropriate, we cannot enter into correspondence over our decision.

If we believe you may be a suitable person to rehome a horse, we notify you of this decision in writing. This is not a final decision, and this is the beginning, not the end, of the Assessment Process.

What happens next is that we will then undertake a full and detailed assessment of your suitability to receive a horse for rehoming, which involves

  1. Our considering the information you have provided in further detail and seeking further information where necessary, and if all then appears to be in order,
  1. Our asking you to enter into an Assessment Agreement, described in further detail later in this section of our website, and if you are happy to do so,
  1. Our inviting you to a practical assessment, where we ask you to come to The Home of Rest for Horses in order to meet with the horse and demonstrate to us your ability to handle the horse as required, and then, if all appears to be in order,
  1. Our conducting a home check where we visit the site at which the horse is proposed to be kept and inspect the facilities available there.

If at the conclusion of the process we consider that you are suitable to receive the horse for rehoming, and you are happy to proceed on the basis we propose, we will ask you to enter into a Rehoming Agreement in relation to the horse with us.

We explain all of these stages in further detail below.

We do not at any time in the rehoming process discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. It may arise however that as a result of physical or mental illness or disability affecting an applicant the determination is made in order to secure the safety and wellbeing of the horse that the applicant in question is not suitable. We never make any such determination lightly. If you believe you may be affected by any relevant factors we would encourage you to contact us to discuss any issues in advance of making your application.

When we  make a detailed assessment of your suitability to receive a horse as set out in the previous section, we have to take into account all of those matters on which we have asked you for information and the needs of the particular horse in question.

Please note that it is crucial that you participate fully and frankly in this process and supply all information required in a way that is true, complete and accurate. We obtain this information by asking you to complete the Information Form at the outset, and by asking where necessary after that for further data and clarification from you in writing.

All information you provide to us which is personal data relating to you or any other person will be held and processed by us in accordance with our Data Protection Policy, which can be viewed here. In addition, some of the information we require from you may belong to special categories of personal data, such as data relating to your health which we ask for in judging how suitable it is for  the horse in question to be rehomed with you.  Please note the clear request we make for your consent to use data belonging to those special categories of data on the Information Form, a copy of which is available here.

If we think after considering that data in detail that you are a suitable person to receive a horse for rehoming we will ask you to enter into an Assessment Agreement with us.  An example of that agreement is available here.

Please note this Assessment Agreement simply covers the Assessment Process and in no way guarantees that the assessment will result in the rehoming of a horse with you. The agreement is entered into by us both to make clear the basis on which you participate in the Assessment Process and to protect both your interests and ours in that process. Before you enter into such an agreement we would encourage you to take your own legal advice upon it.

You are under no obligation to enter into the Assessment Agreement with us, but if you do not do so we cannot proceed further with the rehoming.

In making the assessments we undertake in the rehoming process please note that our focus is on the safety and welfare of the horse in question. You will understand that a number of our horses have suffered from mistreatment or neglect and require expert care and handling. We are reliant in making our assessment of your suitability on the information you provide to us and your clear assurance to us that you have the expertise and experience to care for and handle the horse in question and to take full responsibility for the horse.

While we make the assessments we undertake in the rehoming process in good faith, we can give you absolutely no assurance that if you pass our assessment process you do in fact have the relevant expertise and experience required. That judgement remains a matter for you, and if you have any doubts or misgivings you should not proceed. You may consider undertaking an appropriate training course if you wish to satisfy yourself as to your levels of expertise.

When the information received from you has been considered satisfactory to The Horse Trust and you have been selected as the potentially successful applicant for rehoming the horse in question, then before any horse is re-homed we will then invite you to come to The Horse Trust’s premises so that we can make our own judgement about your practical horse skills and therefore your suitability to be the borrower of the horse in question. We would underline that that you will not yet have been approved at this stage to become the borrower of the horse.

By entering into your Assessment Agreement you will have provided your consent to this practical element of the Assessment Process and we draw your attention in particular to the sections of the Assessment Agreement which limit and exclude our liability in relation to this practical element. Please consider these provisions with care before attending our premises and ensure that you are happy with their contents and with the further information if any you may need to give in advance of the practical element of the assessment. If you can bring any further completed forms or information we have asked you for already completed with you to the practical element of the assessment that will greatly assist the process.

We would underline the importance of your being confident that you have all the relevant expertise and experience with horses you indicate to us on the application you make, as to attempt to undertake this practical element of the Assessment Process without suitable expertise and experience could endanger the welfare and safety both of the horse and yourself. We reserve the right to decline to allow you to proceed with this practical element of the assessment either before it begins or at any stage of its progress if we believe this is in the best interests of the horse and/or you.

The assessment we make in relation to this practical element will be based on our standard criteria, and a copy of the basic template for the assessment to be made by one of our experienced staff is available here. Once again, the assessment made by our staff in this regard will be final and while we may give feedback in appropriate cases where further guidance or information is appropriate we cannot enter into detailed discussion or correspondence over our decision.

We may where the circumstances make it desirable ask you to attend for the practical element of the assessment on more than one occasion so that the assessment can be made in a number of different circumstances. In the case of a ridden horse, we will ask you to ride the horse as part of the practical element of your assessment, and we may ask that you take riding lessons on the horse in question before we finally determine your suitability to be a potential borrower of the horse. In the case of a driven horse, we will ask you to demonstrate your driving of the horse in question and we again may suggest further training or lessons involving the horse in question before we finally determine your suitability to be a potential borrower of the horse.

Where you are judged to be suitable as a potential borrower of the horse in question you will be notified of that by us in writing, and we will then contact you in order to make arrangements to proceed with the next stage of the Assessment Process, the home visit, as described in the next section.

When you have successfully completed the practical element of the assessment as set out in the previous section, then before any horse is re-homed we will arrange to come out and visit your facilities to ensure they are suitable and safe for horses generally and for the horse we are considering rehoming with you. During this initial home check we may suggest changes that need to be made to the establishment to ensure good welfare of the horse. If the facilities are not appropriate and such changes cannot or will not be made we will not proceed with the rehoming of the horse in question.

We will need to have access to any information, documents, materials and demonstrations of the procedures you adopt in relation to the horse to ensure the horse’s wellbeing at your facilities as part of the home visit process.

We may impose conditions (which would in due course be reflected in any rehoming agreement we prepare) that relate to the welfare of the horse and which may include specific provisions relating to the facilities in which the horse is to be kept, the way in which the horse is to be kept (including for example a condition that the horse must be kept with a companion horse) and any other relevant provisions. We can only then proceed with the rehoming process if you can confirm that you are able and happy to comply with those provisions.

Where the facilities are appropriate and all our requirements are met, and we are satisfied that the rehoming process can go ahead, we will also need to agree the transportation arrangements for the movement of the horse to its new home, including the date and time on which this is to take place. All such transportation must be arranged in a manner agreed with The Horse Trust by you at your expense and risk.

Following the initial home check which forms part of the Assessment Process, you should be aware that where the rehoming successfully proceeds The Horse Trust will continue to conduct ongoing checks of your facilities as long as the rehoming continues. The first of these checks will be done once the horse has been rehomed with you for one month and then every 3-6 months following this, or as The Horse Trust may require from time to time. The purpose of these visits is to ensure the horse is and remains healthy and settled. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to ask any questions of us you may wish to ask.

Once we have completed the Assessment Process as described in the previous sections, and if we have assessed you and your proposed premises and the facilities there as being suitable in all respects for receiving the horse in question for rehoming, and before we rehome any of our horses with you, we require you to agree and enter into a legally binding agreement with us in relation to the horse.

We base this agreement on our standard form Rehoming Agreement, adapting it and adding to it where necessary to take into account the requirements of the particular horse and the individual circumstances of the rehoming. A copy of our standard Rehoming Agreement is available here. Before you enter into such an agreement we would provide you with the exact document we would be asking you to sign, and we would encourage you to take your own legal advice upon it.

At the same time as we ask you to sign the Rehoming Agreement we would also ask you to sign a form of consent for us to use personal data relating to you, including data falling into special classes of personal data, in the form set out here.

We would refer you to the full contents of our standard form of Rehoming Agreement as it is adapted and supplemented in relation to the rehoming you will be undertaking and the accompanying form of consent when the time comes, but at this stage the following Frequently Asked Questions may assist you in considering the standard form of Rehoming Agreement and the form of consent.

You are and will be under no obligation to enter into the Rehoming Agreement with us, or to provide us with the consent in relation to your data, but if you do not do so we cannot proceed further with the rehoming. Only when your Rehoming Agreement is signed and the relevant consent to our using your data will we arrange for the horse to be delivered to you or collected by you from us. We should also make it clear that if, having agreed such delivery or collection of the horse, you fail for any reason to collect or take delivery of the horse, we reserve the right to terminate the Rehoming Agreement with you immediately.

We do ask that you pay a one off fee for rehoming a horse. This is important to us as it shows your commitment to provide good care to the horse along with an understanding of how expensive horses are to keep. This fee makes a contribution towards reimbursing the cost of the horse’s care during its time with us. The costs may include:

Veterinary treatment

Vaccinations

Farrier

Passports

Micro chipping

Training and equipment costs

This fee will also go back into the charity to help us rescue and retire more horses. The following are our current rehoming fees:

 

Companion horse: £200

Ridden horse: £400

Driven horse: £300

 

A horse at The Horse Trust costs around £4500 per year to keep.

Pre-Rehoming Declaration

Declaration & Agreement

Please check the box to indicate you have read and understood each stage of the rehoming process on this page. When you submit this form you will be taken to the full Rehoming Application Form. *