Rehome a Horse - How it works

How to rehome from us - read the steps below

Step 1: Choose a horse (or horses)

Simply go to the Rehome a Horse Homepage and browse or search our range of horses ready for rehoming (the word 'horse' includes horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids).

  1. You can find out more about each horse by clicking their 'Profile' button.

  2. If you would like to apply to rehome the horse, click the 'Add to Stable' button on their profile page.  You can then continue browsing our horses, adding more horses to your stable as you go along.  

  3. Once you have selected all the horses you would like to apply for, click the 'Apply to Rehome' button at the bottom of the Your Stable page and you will be taken to our online application form. 

Please be mindful of the horse's location as you will likely need to travel to the Rescue and Rehoming Centre to meet and then collect the horse if your application is successful.

Step 2: Apply online

Once you have selected your horse(s), click the 'Apply to Rehome' button to go to our short online form. Your details will be saved to make it easier for you to check the status of your application as well as to apply for other horses in the future.

If you have already completed this form previously you need only review and update your details and add any extra information needed before you apply to rehome.  You will also be asked to read through and agree to the terms and conditions of rehoming, which are the same as those on the Rehoming Agreement you would be asked to sign if your application was successful.  

To help ensure a successful rehoming, we make sure there is a match between what you need from the horse and what the horse needs from you so you will be asked a few questions about where you would keep the horse, the grazing available, and in the case of ridden horses, your level of riding expertise and how you intend to use the horse. We will also ask for your address and contact details. Then click the button to submit your application.

Step 3: Assessment of application - matching horse to rehomer

Your online application will then be assessed by our team and they may call you to discuss your application in more detail. Every equine available for rehoming from us has individual needs, often making the right home quite specific. Sometimes we receive a number of applications for the same horse which suit their needs, and we must make a decision about which home to select. Therefore your application may be unsuccessful but this does not mean that we do not consider you a suitable rehomer. Please do apply again for another horse, or apply for a few at a time (especially in the case of companions).

You can check the status of your application by clicking onto the 'My Account' link at the very top of the website.

Step 4: Meet the horse

If it's a suitable match, we will call you and ask you to visit the Centre in order to meet the horse and get to know each other. If you intend to rehome a companion, we may ask you to groom or handle the horse.  In the case of youngsters, we will ask you to long-rein and/or lunge them to ensure you are a good match to bring him or her on, and in the case of all ridden horses you will need to have a riding assessment.  This is simply to see how you and the horse get along together and ensure you are a good match.

This 'getting to know each other' could be done in one trip, or may involve several trips to the Centre to ensure that the right match is found. If you wish to rehome a companion horse, we strongly prefer that you visit the farm to meet him or her before you take them on but in some cases we can be flexible about this so please call us if you have any questions.

Step 5: Home visit

Once everyone is happy that the right match has been found, one of our friendly field officers will visit you and the space where you intend to keep the horse to ensure its safety and suitability. Like other welfare organisations, we check to make sure you have the essentials in place to keep the horse healthy and well-cared for.

The relationship between you and your local field officer (or in some areas rehoming officer) is ongoing, as s/he will be the first port of call if you need advice or if any problem should arise with the horse. The local officer will visit you once or twice per year to answer any questions you may have and generally make sure everything is running smoothly. These visits can be unannounced.

Step 6: Vet check

Once our field officer has visited you and approved your home, the horse will be fully 'MOT'd' by our vet. This is to make sure that the horse is in good health before you collect him, and that you have his up-to-date records when you take him on.  

Step 7: Membership and rehoming fees paid

We charge a one-off rehoming fee for each horse - this varies according to the category they are being rehomed under and usually ranges between £20 and £400 accordingly.  You can find the rehoming fee for each horse within their online profile.  We also require all of our rehomers to become World Horse Welfare ChampionPlus Members, and remain so for the duration of the loan.  This provides public liability insurance cover relating to the horse as well as a range of benefits for the special price of just £30 per year for rehomers.  Find out more about the benefits of Membership ...

Step 8: Take the horse home

Once you and we have successfully completed these steps, you can take the horse(s) home!  Our horses are not rehomed with any tack or equipment and the rehomer takes on all day-today costs of caring for the horse, including any vet fees, as well as the costs to transport the horse home (and back to the centre again should they need to be returned at any point in the future).  When you collect the horse, you will be handed their passport as well as a rehoming pack containing a record of all the worming, shoeing and vaccinations the horse has received.  We hope this will be the start of a long and happy partnership between you and the horse!


If you have any questions about this process please don't hesitate to contact us on 01953 497238 and we will be happy to help.  Thank you very much for your interest in rehoming a horse from us.


Horse of the Week


Cob, Gelding
Belwade Farm - Aberdeenshire

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Bombay is a very handsome gelding that is ready for rehoming as a companion. He came into Belwade ...view profile >>

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"This age of disposable things should not apply to animals. If anyone can take a horse, or knows someone who can, please consider rehoming a horse from World Horse Welfare." Dame Judi Dench

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