Re-homing and having a pony on loan are the same thing in our world…
(other rescues may have their own terminology).
We re-home on a loan basis so the loaner never owns the horse but is responsible for all care and costs. This ensures that if the loan home’s circumstances change the horse is returned to Penny Ha’Penny. They must not be passed onto third-parties. All loaned horses go to the loaner’s home, livery yard or rented field.
The Re-homing process
- Potential loan homes must get in touch in person (email preferred)
- We need to know about your experience and where the horse will be kept
- What sort of horse/pony is wanted/ Are you looking for a companion or a riding pony?
- Potential loan homes are asked to come and meet us for a wander around the farm and a chat
- References are required from a vet, a farrier and a personal friend / work colleague
- Home checks are completed
- All re-homing is subject to a loan agreement and adoption fee
- Follow up visits are completed after 30 days and discussions for continuing a loan at 6 months
- Long term homes are asked to update us periodically but the loan home is responsible for the horse’s ongoing care
- All horses must be returned to Penny Ha’Penny at the end of the loan or if the loaner can no longer care for them
Points to note
- At any time regardless of the stage listed above; a person may be declined a horse
- A person may pass all stages of referencing and home checks but still be declined a horse – this could be because there is nothing suitable for them
- A non-refundable adoption fee applies
- We reserve the right to intervene if there is any doubt or complaint about the horse’s care
- The horse must not be passed to another person under any circumstance
- We require 48 hours notice to collect a horse that needs to be returned
- All horses re-homed must live with at least one other pony (rare exceptions can apply)
- Loan homes must fall within a 30-mile radius. This helps to facilitate home visits and the return of a horse (exceptions may apply)
- An offer of a home does not automatically result in a horse on loan
- All costs related to the animal’s care and training are borne by the loan home. Costs are non-refundable upon return of the horse.
Homes are matched according to the nature of the animal, any other companion and the experience of the loan home. Over-all in any case, the horse/pony’s welfare comes first.