Ex-racehorse rehoming scheme
Our Loan Scheme
The TRC re-trains ex-racehorses with the aim of finding them suitable,
appropriate new homes via our re-homing loan scheme.
We believe that all horses are happier doing a job within their capabilities and
we have horses capable of all disciplines from happy hacking to riding club to
Our objective is to provide them with useful and happy lives and we are very
grateful to the people who are prepared to help us to do this.
We take great care that any horse loaned by us
• Has received good basic training
• Is in good health
• Is immunised against flu and tetanus
• Feet and teeth are maintained and are in good condition
• Is capable of the workload required of it
• Comes with a frank and full report of any health, physical or behavioural traits
he may have, allowing prospective loaners to make an informed decision.
The right horse for you may not be available immediately but we will work
together to find the best match for horse and loaner.
The application procedure is as follows:
Stage 1: Complete an online application form
This allows us to make a preliminary assessment as to whether you are a good
match for any of our current horses.
Please note that we are not usually able to find horses that can carry more than
about 13 stone.
Potential loaners under the age of 18 years will need to be guaranteed by an
experienced parent or guardian.
Loan forms submitted online will receive an on-screen confirmation.
Stage 2: We contact you
After receiving your application we will contact you within one week between 8am
and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please ensure you provide us with the best contact
details for us to do this.
We will talk to you in more detail about your requirements and expectations and
discuss any potential horses, their abilities and characteristics.
Stage 3: Riding Assessment & Meet your potential horse(s)
We will invite you to make an appointment to visit us at our Centre in
Lancashire, have a riding assessment and hopefully meet your potential loan
The riding assessment using our school master simply allows us to see your level
and style of riding and helps us to match you appropriately.
Following your riding assessment we will introduce you to any horses we have
identified as a good match and you will be invited to ride them. We will let you
know on the day if we think a horse is suitable and we can proceed to the next
You are welcome to take as much time as you need to make a decision and to
come back for subsequent trial rides to ensure you are happy with your match.
Please note if the application is for more than one rider then both riders must
come in for assessment. A £25 fee is payable on booking for your initial
assessment visit. This is non-refundable.
Stage 4: References & Field Visits
If we all decide to proceed with the loan arrangement we will :
• Contact your referees (these should not be family members)
• Arrange a field visit to the premises where the horse will be kept.
The field visit is to ensure that the horse has a safe environment with adequate
stabling and turnout for his needs. We are not looking for perfection but good
husbandry and common sense.
Stage 5: Contract
You will sign a contract stating the terms and conditions of the loan. This is
devised to safeguard all concerned, primarily the welfare of the horse.
Once the contract has been exchanged and the re-homing fee received by the TRC
you can make the arrangements for transporting the horse. You will be
responsible for the cost of transport and for all the costs of keeping the horse
Stage 6: Field Visits
You and your new horse will be visited by a TRC Field Officer within the first three
months of the loan and thereafter six monthly.
Help & Advice
The TRC is available at all stages of this process and at all times to assist you
with your new horse. Any problems can be assessed and help is at hand from our
highly experienced staff.
In the event of the horse being returned for any reason, the TRC requires one
month’s notice and you will responsible for the cost of the return transport.
By the time a horse is ready for his new loan home the charity has invested a
considerable amount of time and money in him. For this reason we ask loaners
to pay a non-refundable re-homing fee when the horse is taken from the
TRC and to become a Committed Giver.
- Loan Fee: From £600
- Donation: Committed Giving of £5 per month by Direct Debit
- Insurance: All loaners must have third party, public liability and veterinary fees
Please phone 01524 812649 to find out more about loaning a horse from the TRC.