When selling or handing over ownership you have no legal rights over your equine once you have handed him or her over. Loaning your horse enables you to retain legal responsibility. Again as above it is not easy to find a loan home for a non ridden equine; however not impossible. When loaning it is best to look for a home that is in travelling distance so you can keep in touch and visit from time to time. Never loan without a detailed written and signed loan agreement which both parties keep. (The British Horse Society has a free to download template). When loaning always be prepared to have your equine back at any time.
Suggestions That May Help You to Secure a Good Home for Your Horse:
- Write your advert carefully and honestly. You owe it to your horse.
- Consider placing your advert with businesses that support you with re-homing. Here are just an example – Homes 4 Horses.
- Some welfare organisations may have re-homing schemes. For example: The Blue Cross has a Home Direct Scheme. The Blue Cross can help you find a new home without your horse going into a re-homing centre.
- When someone is interested in your equine make them visit your horse at your horse’s current home several times. Check out they are compatible with to your horse. Observe them interact and handle your horse. Ask lots of questions. Discuss your horse’s needs. Find out as much as you can about the person’s ability, knowledge and experience. Find out why they want a non ridden equine and what they want to do with your horse.
- Ask for references form their vet and hoof care professional. And follow up the references with phone calls.
- Check out where they will be keeping your horse, is it suitable? What condition are the other horses in that are on the site? What is the standard of care like? What is the field and facilities like? Are they well maintained?
- Consider a loan / trial period before transfer of ownership. This allows everyone to be 100% sure the decision is right for all concerned.
Please Take Note
Suitable homes for non-ridden equines are out there. However they are not that many and there are thousands of non ridden equines in need of loving caring homes. The percentage of genuine people with a passion for non ridden equines is tiny compared to those who ride. Most horse people are not keen to take on a horse they cannot ride. Please consider if someone is looking for a non ridden equine they are likely to be looking for an equine that is low maintenance, easy to keep and a joy to handle. You also have to consider if re-homing is fair on your horse. Older horses and equines with health conditions that need ongoing expensive treatments or equines with behavioural problems may not cope with the change or be given the same degree of care and attention they need.