Care of Vulnerable Horses
RoR helps support those former racehorses that have reached the end of their ridden life or are unsuitable for riding, or those that require more time and specialist expertise before rehoming.
These former racehorses are cared for by a number of equine charities across the country, including those listed below. Many of these charities also retrain and rehome former racehorses straight out of racing.
HEROS (Homing Ex-Racehorses Organisation Scheme) is a charity dedicated to ensuring former racehorses have a future when their racing days are over. HEROS began in the early 1990s, when owners and trainers asked Grace Muir to rehome their racehorses. With a lifetime’s experience of horses, knowledge of racing, plus a range of excellent contacts, Grace knew there was scope to give these horses a second chance – with a new career.
Since she started rehoming racehorses, with the support of her father and mother Ian and Agnes Muir, Grace and her team have successfully rehomed 500+ former racehorses and gained an excellent reputation. Every new recruit to HEROS is assessed by Grace personally before being ridden by one of the experienced, fully trained staff after which a plan for re-schooling is developed. The charity aims to carefully match horses to their new careers and owners across all the equestrian disciplines.
HEROS is in the process of setting up educational and training programs for the future, to not only help people who want to work with horses, but also disadvantaged people who need to build their skills and confidence.
The charity work with horses to build their confidence and allow them to develop physically and mentally to produce horses that can suitably and successfully be rehomed. The team are passionate about thoroughbreds and their welfare so commit to look after every horse for the rest of their natural life. Horses are ‘loaned’ to long term loving homes but will return if circumstances change, they will never be sold.
They gave their all on the track and they deserve a safe and secure future.
TRC is the original charity dedicated to the welfare, retraining and rehoming of ex-racehorses. The TRC provides a secure, safe future for racehorses. Some of these horses come to the centre straight from training and others from post racing private homes. Those from private homes have often been purchased cheaply by well meaning but inexperienced individuals who are unable to handle or care for the horse.
All new arrivals are given time to relax and adjust to their new environment. They will be assessed by the vet, physio and trainer and each horse is given a bespoke training plan to make sure it is ready to be rehomed in an appropriate time scale to an appropriate home .
The TRC spends as long as it takes on each horse, some a matter of months for others much longer. We endeavour to ensure the horse is suitable for the loaners chosen discipline. There is a detailed application process to ensure the right loaner is matched to each horse. Ideally the loaner takes the horse for the rest of its life but if it doesn’t work out the horse returns to the TRC and in most cases another loaner is found for the horse. In all cases the horse remains the property of the TRC, and is visited regularly by our field officers.
World Horse Welfare Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre
Ada Cole Avenue
Norfolk NR16 2LP
RoR and World Horse Welfare have agreed to collaborate on a pilot scheme that sees the international charity retrain ‘vulnerable’ former racehorses at its Norfolk Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Hall Farm.
The aim is for World Horse Welfare, who are independent welfare advisers to the British Horseracing Authority and the International Equestrian Federation, to use its expertise in preparing horses for new lives in loving homes and rehome them through its rehoming scheme – the largest of its kind in the UK.
The Suffolk Punch Trust
Suffolk IP12 3JR
RoR has a venture in collaboration with the Suffolk Punch Trust near Hollesley on the Suffolk coast. The Suffolk Punch Trust is the home of the successful Colony Bay Stud and also a visitor centre and heritage museum which promotes understanding of and support for the rare breed Suffolk Punch Horse.
RoR has a number of horses just out of racing which are rested at the stud before moving on to formal retraining.