To help widen the appeal of its rehoming scheme, the largest of its kind in the UK, World Horse Welfare has launched a new category that it hopes will be of interest to those with sufficient horse experience - 'Project Horses and Ponies'.
In the past year World Horse Welfare has had to cope with a huge increase of new horses coming into its Rescue and Rehoming Centres, 73% (or 140 extra horses) meaning 325 compared to 185 in 2012. The charity now has around 340 horses residing at its centres and desperately needs to rehome some to make space for others that are in need of urgent rescue and rehabilitation.
The charity knows that there are hundreds of people out there with the skills that could help, and in return gain a real sense of satisfaction from the long-term development of a horse that may have had a terrible start in life.
“These horses will need a rehomer who has the time, patience and knowledge to bring the horses on in a rare opportunity that means the rehomer will reap the rewards of rehabilitating a neglected horse themselves," says Tanya Element, World Horse Welfare's UK Support Officer.
World Horse Welfare stresses that project horses or ponies are a long-term project and the rehomer will require considerable experience to take one on.
Take Flicka for example, a wilful grey mare who requires lots of care and attention to gain her trust. At approximately ten years old Flicka can still be grumpy when groomed and obstinate when asking her to do something she doesn’t like. She currently requires sedation when having her feet trimmed, but with time and patience this could soon become a thing of the past. This mare will need someone to give her time, and to allow her to see that life, and people, are kind.
Flicka is just one example of the many other horses and ponies who are available for rehoming as project horses. A wide variety of types, height, age and sex can be found on the charity's rehoming section of its website or you can call World Horse Welfare direct to discuss the type you would be interested in taking.
Horses across the country are at risk of neglect or abandonment in their thousands, as much as 7,000 according to the charity's research, with many needing new homes every single day.
The charity is trialling a range of different ways to enable the public to rehome horses more easily, starting off with the new project horse category, lowering fees to rehome a companion and is currently looking into lowering its membership fees for people who rehome horses.
Visit www.worldhorsewelfare.org/rehoming or call 01953 497238 for more information on how to give a horse, who needs your direction and care, the loving home he deserves.
Photo courtesy of World Horse Welfare