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Interested in rehoming a horse or pony from Redwings? Here’s how…
All applications are taken online to keep our administration costs down. Our aim is to find the right home for the individual horse or pony, so we encourage you to view our horses available for rehoming and apply for the one you feel best suits you and your needs. When a horse or pony has received a certain number of applications, it will automatically be marked as ‘Under Negotiation’ while we sort through the applications to find the best possible home for them.
You cannot apply for a pony that is Under Negotiation but if no suitable home is found it may become available again in the future.
Those hoping to become Guardians to non-ridden companion horses and unbacked project horses are also welcome to submit applications, detailing your experience and facilities. The Rehoming team will review the application and make sure to get in touch when a suitable pony becomes available.
If your application is successful, we will ask you to undergo a home check to make sure you have the necessary facilities for your chosen horse or pony. Following a home check, you will then be invited to meet your chosen horse in its current location, and hopefully it'll be a match made in heaven!
Once rehomed, we will visit the horse after three months and again between 6 and 12 months to ensure they have settled in well and are receiving the correct care. We will retain ownership at all times and reserve the right to take back into our care any horse or pony who we are concerned about.
Some of Redwings’ ridden equines are recently backed so please note that they may not be suitable for novice riders. Also, if you are under 18 years old, please ask an adult to fill out the application on your behalf. We can only currently consider homes in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
Our horses are trained to be handled and ridden using techniques based around how horses learn. This ensures our horses have a really positive training experience and it also means you can welcome a horse into your home that is well-behaved and has good manners.
We also give our horses the opportunity to experience and be familiarised with many different scenarios and objects – from rug-fitting and veterinary checks, to traffic, gym balls and flags!
We believe it is important to be completely honest about any behavioural or health requirements of your new horse, so before you take them home you will know everything about them. And the support doesn’t stop there, our team have years of experience of supporting Guardians with their horses in their new lives together so are on hand should you ever need their help and advice.
We do not charge for rehoming a horse from Redwings, but we do ask for a £50 deposit for their passport. As a registered charity, we do of course welcome any donation from you to help fund the future training of horses in our care as well as to enable us to continue our vital work in rescuing and helping horses in need across the UK.
We currently rehome to East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. These are the areas in which our Field Officers operate who undertake our home checks. Keeping to these areas also means we can provide on-the-ground support to our Guardians.
However, if you are close but just outside these areas and would like to be considered please contact us.
Redwings retains the ownership of every horse who is rehomed to a Guardian home. That way if the circumstances of the Guardian changes, the horse will always have a home to come back to.
Many of the horses living at the Sanctuary have been rescued from desperate situations, which often means they now live with lifelong health or behavioural issues that are carefully managed by our vets and care teams.
While they enjoy a happy and peaceful life at the Sanctuary, it’s likely that they would struggle to cope without the consistent routine, veterinary attention and handling they experience at Redwings.
We, of course, would love as many of our horses to find new loving homes as possible, so any residents we feel would be able to enjoy a happy and fulfilled life outside our paddock fences are put forward for our rehoming scheme.