Ex-racehorse rehoming scheme
The Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre retrains ex-racehorses with the aim of finding them suitable, appropriate new homes via the ex-racehorse re-homing loan scheme. The TRC is a registered charity and never buys or sells horses.
We take great care that any horse loaned out by us ticks all the boxes including:
- Basic training
- Used to going out in traffic
- Safe to handle
- Is in good health
- Is immunized against tetanus and flu
- Feet and teeth in good condition
- Is up to the work required of it.
We will tell all potential loaners of any health or behaviour traits of the particular horse.
By the time the horse is fit to go to a loan home a considerable amount of time and money has been invested in it. We ask loaners to pay a non-refundable re-homing fee when the horse is taken from the TRC from £600 and to become a committed giver making a minimum donation via direct debit of a mimimum of £5 per month. It is a requirement that loaners should at all times have third party, public liability and vet fees insurance for the horse.
We believe that all horses are happier doing a job of work within their capabilities and we have horses capable of all disciplines from happy hackers to eventers etc. 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.
Our priority is to find the right person for each of our horses rather than to find a horse for each applicant. This process can take time so please be patient.
The application procedure is as follows:
- The first stage is to complete an application form. This allows us to make a preliminary assessment of applicants in trying to match them to one of our horses. Please note that we are not usually able to find horses that can carry more than 13 stone. Potential loaners under the age of 18 years will need to be guaranteed by an experienced parent or guardian.
- 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.
- When we feel that we may have a possible match, we talk to the applicant over the phone about the horse and its characteristics. If you are interested we arrange for you to visit the yard and have a riding assessment. There is a non-refundable £25 fee payable on booking for your riding assessment. Until this fee is received your assessment cannot be confirmed.
- The riding assessment is carried out on our school master and simply allows us to assertain your level and style of riding. If all is well you will be introduced to the horses that we have in mind and see them being ridden. You will then be able to ride the horse deemed most suitable, either in the outdoor or indoor school. If this is satisfactory it is followed by a short hack accompanied by a senior member of staff.
- Please note if the application is for more than one rider then both riders must come in for assessment.
- We will let you know on the day if we think the horse is suitable and we can proceed to the next stage. If this is the can you can take as long as you need to decide to go ahead with the loan. You can try the horse as many times as you like before making your decision.
- If we all decide to proceed with the loan arrangement we will contact your referees. If these are satisfactory we will arrange a field visit to the premises where the horse will be kept. The field visit is to ensure that the horse has a warm, safe environment with a suitable size stable if appropriate and adequate grazing with no barb wire fencing. We are not looking for perfection but good husbandry and common sense.
- You will then sign a contract laying down the terms and conditions of the loan. This is devised to safeguard all concerned, primarily the welfare of the horse. The horse remains the property of the TRC.
- Once the contract has been exchanged and the rehoming 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 thereafter.
- 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.
- The TRC is available at all times to assist you with your new horse. Any problems can be assessed and help is at hand from our trained 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.
Please note the right horse may not be available immediately but we will work together to find the best match for horse and loaner.
Loan forms submitted online will receive an on-screen confirmation.
Please note that your initial riding assessment incurs a non-refundable fee of £25 payable in advance to confirm your appointment.
Please phone 01524 812649 to find out more about loaning a horse from the TRC.