Ex-racehorse rehoming scheme
At the TRC we re-train 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. Realistically, all our ex-racehorses can enjoy a life of hacking and light schooling with some horses being capable of a competitive lifestyle in varying disciplines.
There are many reasons why re-homing an ex-racehorse from the TRC is more rewarding and offers more benefits than purchasing a horse on the open market...
- You are providing a new life and secure future for an ex-racehorse. By doing so you also allow the TRC to continue helping more ex-racehorses whose futures may otherwise be uncertain.
- All horses are re-trained to an appropriate standard and capable of carrying out the level of work required of them by their carefully matched new loaner.
- All horses will have received a great many months of specialist care and re-training which will have also included intervention from professionals such as veterinarians, equine dentists and physiotherapists.
- All horses will be in good health, condition and fitness as well as being fully vaccinated.
- No information is hidden from prospective loaners, we are honest about past injuries or conditions and any little quirks our horses may have.
- All horses are matched very carefully with prospective loaners to ensure the needs of both are met in terms of ability, and requirements.
- TRC loaners can access support and advice from the TRC at any time.
- We understand that peoples circumstances change and they may not be able to keep the horse. Should the need arise, whatever the reason, horses can be returned to the TRC where they will be found appropriate new homes.
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 Loan Process
Stage 1: Complete an online application form
- This allows us to make a preliminary evaluation as to whether any of our current horses are a good match for you.
- Please note that we are unfortunately not usually able to find horses that can carry more than around 13 stone.
- Potential loaners under the age of 18 years will need to be guaranteed by an experienced parent or guardian.
- Please note that loan forms submitted online will receive an on-screen confirmation only.
Stage 2: We contact you
- After receiving your application we will endeavour to contact you within two weeks (this may be longer during busy periods). 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 trial & Meet your potential horse(s)
- We will invite you to make an appointment to visit us at our Centre in Lancashire, have a ridden trial and hopefully meet your new horse(s). Seeing you ride our school master simply helps us to match your level and style of riding with prospective horses. It is NOT a test!
- 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 stage. 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 attend the centre for an 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/her 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 thereafter.
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, then six months and yearly thereafter.
The Costs & Requirements
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 for our loaners to become a Committed Giver.
- Loan Fee: From £600
- Committed Giving: Charitable Donation of £10 per month by Direct Debit
- Insurance: All loaners must take out third party, public liability and veterinary fees insurance cover and provide evidence of this prior to taking the horse home.
TRC Help & Advice
The TRC is available to advise you through all stages of this process and at all times to assist you with your new horse thereafter. Any problems can be assessed and help is at hand from our highly experienced staff.
Should a horse need to be returned for any reason, the TRC requires one months notice and the loaner will be responsible for the cost of the return transport.
We take enormous pride in producing our ex-racehorses for their new life after racing.
Some may make great fun competition horses whilst others are suited to a more relaxed way of life.
Please call 01524 812649 to find out more about loaning a horse from the TRC.