World Horse Welfare ‘s best rehoming perfomance of equines for a decade in 2014 has carried on through January. The charity has drawn on the success of the blockbuster 50 Shades of Grey to emphasise the plight of many equines, saying while Christian Grey may actively enjoy pain and suffering, the sad reality is that its own pin-ups have their own much less alluring stories of genuine anguish.
“Mercifully, we can promise all of the horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in our ’50 Shades of Grey’ montage a life with no more pain, and plenty of gain thanks to our rehoming scheme,” said the charity.
Following last year’s ten-year-rehoming-record where more than 300 horses found new homes (compared to 216 the previous year), 2015 is set to be another run-away success.
“January is historically one of the most difficult months to find homes for our horses because people are getting back into the swing of work and school, the weather is cold and the nights are long. However during the first month of 2015 we have found ideal new homes for around 30 horses and ponies, which is a very encouraging sign for the year ahead,” said deputy head of UK Support Sam Chubbock.
“These figures confirm that people really do see rehoming a horse as a safe and viable option,” she added.
So for those who are seeking a calm sensible horse need look no further than World Horse Welfare’s Paul. Contrary to the mules’ traditional reputation he has a lovely temperament and is good to handle. He is loyal, easy to care for and willing to please and with a kind, patient handler could be brilliant at horse agility.
“Rehoming not only assures loving new homes for once-abused or neglected horses, it also frees up space in our four Rescue and Rehoming Centres for those who desperately need our care and expertise,” said deputy chief executive Tony Tyler He explained that large groups of 10 or more horses are coming into the centres with alarming regularity:
“We are encouraging owners to think carefully before putting their mare into foal. Our Need to Breed? message has never been more important as frustratingly the number of horses needing urgent rescue and rehabilitation far outweighs the number that we are rehoming,” he said.
The charity is always looking for rehomers who are able to give a safe and caring home to a once-abused or neglected horse or pony. Find out more at www.worldhorsewelfare.org/rehoming