Rescue, Rehoming and Rehabilitation
Rescuing… Penny Ha’Penny has rescued more than 200 horses, ponies and donkeys over the years. From neglect to abandonment, cruelty and owner ill-health, there are many reasons a horse will end up in our care. Most rescue cases have physical and emotional problems caused by mistreatment. Penny Ha’Penny treat the animal ensuring it is happy and healthy. Happy horses have a better chance of a new forever home.
Where a horse is suspected of being in danger, we respond to all reports. When a horse is not local, we suggest an alternative rescue closer to the animal, meaning they get help quicker. One case stands out involving a Shetland pony in Liverpool. We contacted a Liverpudlian rescue, but the lady we spoke to was couldn’t understand our Malvern accents – even asking us to speak slowly! When a horse in need is reported to us, we will attend. This can mean contacting the owner where possible, sometimes there can be a misunderstanding or an existing health condition which makes the horse look in need.
We have attended reports of horses that haven’t been fed for weeks….when we arrived on site we have met the owner, attending to the horses. People like routine and regularly visit a field at a different time of day to the care-giver. At this point, the horse has finished eating and it looks like the horse hasn’t been fed, the concerned onlooker reports neglect. An easy mistake to make.
We are happy to help and prefer people report an innocent case than leave a horse suffering cruel treatment. Large or small no case is ignored. Penny Ha’Penny have handled several cases where at least 10 animals were in need.
Working mostly in Hereford and Worcestershire, sometimes we rescue horses from further away. This depends on the individual situation and any lack of alternative options. Given the current situation and lack of funds we can only attend new cases in an emergency.
(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.
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.
When horses come to us with behavioural problems due to neglect or cruelty we take immediate action to gently rehabilitate them and build their trust in people again. We have a lot of experience in emotional rehabilitation, rebuilding a horses confidence and trust, helping them to once again be their true selves