Loaning Horses Ponies and Donkeys
Once an animal has been rescued and rehabilitated, loaning horses, ponies and donkeys to suitable homes is our next priority. Loaning animals to suitable homes allows for many more to be rescued and cared for.
We are fortunate to receive many applications from people offering to adopt a horse, pony or donkey. Of course, we have a continuing duty of care to all of our animals. Therefore, we want to be as certain as possible the each loan will be a success for the animal and the person giving the home.
The Loaning Application Process
We believe every horse, pony or donkey has the right to be part of a loving family where it will be cared for and loved to the end of its natural life. Furthermore, most of our animals have had a traumatic life which means they may not be suitable for all potential homes.
For these reasons it is essential we make thorough checks and enquires to ensure the animal will benefit by moving to the private home being offered. During the loaning application process we are also ensuring that the applicant understands that, due to their past, each animal needs time to re-adjust. Sometimes, despite everything done, an animal will not settle into a different environment so has to return to the Sanctuary.
Applicants are required to fill in our 18 point questionnaire and read through our Guidelines before any consideration can be given. After studying the answers we can consider if we have an animal suitable for their requirements. If we do the applicant is invited to ride, associate and spend time with the selected animal on our premises. If initial introductions seem to be going well we then visit the proposed premises to make sure it is suitable for our equine.
Although we carefully vet each applicant -
Before any animal goes into a Loan Home the loaner has to sign a legal agreement. The main criteria states:
• the animal will always remain SHRT's property.
• the Loaner cannot move the animal to another premises without our permission.
• they may not breed from our animal.
• we must have access to our animal at all times and will carry out occasional spot checks
• we have the right to remove our animal without giving a reason.
• we have a set nominal donation and a yearly renewal fee of £20.
The main purpose of the renewal fee is to have regular contact with the loaner to ensure all is going well – it is a nominal fee and we expect all loaners to honour their obligation to pay this annually. If a loaner stops paying the fee we believe they have lost interest in their loaned animal and therefore should return it to the Trust.
If you would be interested in loaning an animal your first step is to complete our questionnaire and return it to the Trust together with a stamped addressed envelope. Only after this has been returned to the Trust will any consideration be given to the request. Please do not just arrive at the Trust hoping to be able to see our equines.
Please read the Information Factsheet and Information Factsheet 1 before completing the application form.