There are five rehoming categories in which you can rehome a HAPPA horse, pony or donkey, under a legally binding Agreement. We are passionate about finding the perfect match for every equine in our care, ensuring that they are placed in a loving Forever Home, or are offered the best start in life.

Looking after an equine requires a great deal of time and is a serious financial commitment. It is vital that your Application Form is completed with total honesty regarding your experiences and abilities. Every application is assessed very carefully to ensure that we chose the right Forever Home for every HAPPA equine.

Taking on a Rescue Equine can be very rewarding and we also understand that circumstances can change and you may need to return your loan equine, this is why HAPPA never relinquish ownership and commit to a horse for its entire lifetime. We are ideally looking for long term homes lifetime placements and provide a support network where necessary.

We have a Q & A page where we explain our frequently asked questions that we recommend you read too.

How to Apply

  1. Do you fall within our rehoming area?
  2. Seen a horse or pony you like?
  3. Is it available to be rehomed?
    • Yes – All current available equines are advertised in the Reception Noticeboard at Shores Hey Farm and online.
    • No- If your chosen equine is currently not advertised he or she will still be undergoing the rehabilitation process and will not be available to be applied for.
  4. Find your chosen equine here Rehomeable Equines.
  5. Fill in the application for your chosen equine.
  6. Our Rehoming Team will be in touch. See Questions page for the full process of rehoming after completion of the form.
  7. We are unable to keep data or contact details for people in relation to equines currently unavailable for rehoming.
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Rideable Loan Scheme

Every equine is educated to a high standard to bring out its full potential and we like to ensure that they are established and working well in balance and in harmony with a rider on board. They will have been ridden in all three paces, hacked in company (and on request alone), jumped a small fence if able and will have been loaded onto a trailer and ridden offsite.

Several of our equines will be newly backed within a 12 month period and are classed as green and will need to be placed with experienced people. Please consider this when applying for a green equine—have you got the ability to continue its education? We also have outgrown ponies returning to the Centre and are looking for the next generation to have fun with. These ponies can be fast-tracked out of the Centre and rehomed with a knowledgeable family looking to find their next pony.

We also have a mix of breeds, along with the standard coloured cobs, we also have an agreement with the RoR and take registered Thoroughbreds through the Vulnerable Horse Scheme, where we rehabilitate, retrain and rehome them to suitable homes.

Companion Loan Scheme

Not everyone wants a horse to ride and we have a lot of success rehoming Companion equines that are able to provide companionship to your own horse or can be enjoyed as pets. We have a range of Companion equines from 9hh  – 18hh. Our Companion equines are not able to be ridden due to a variety of reasons either through minor lameness issues, ridden behavioural issues or those that are unable to complete the backing process.

Our Companion equines come in all shapes and sizes, if you have any specific requirements please make sure that you list this on your Application Form. All of our Companions equines are assessed at the Centre, this is to ensure that they are able to socialise with other equines and can be handled safely from the ground. If you are looking to rehome a Companion equine those that are currently available are listed on our website and can be applied for using the direct link.

Companion Loan Scheme
Project Horse Scheme

Project Horse Scheme

HAPPA are excited to announce the launch of its Project Horse Scheme which will be open to applications from experienced equestrians that have a proven skillset to manage and maintain a diverse range of project horses. The benefits of having a Project Scheme will be invaluable, enabling the Charity to deliver a greater throughput of equines and free up the much needed space to be in a position to continue to deliver its mission ‘Giving a Second Chance to Neglected, Abused and Unwanted Equines’. Equines will be suitably matched with people that are able to continue working with an equine that is either unbacked, lightly backed, or a green equine that needs bringing on. Companion ponies, at any stage of training will also qualify and be eligible for rehoming under the Project Horse Scheme.

HAPPA never relinquish ownership of their horses and provide a robust aftercare service. We have a team of friendly support officers that are there to offer a helping hand, support and guidance and are literally just a phone call away.

Veteran Care Scheme

Our Veteran Scheme is aimed at those special people who would be looking to provide a Forever Home to an elderly equine that can still enjoy a good quality of life. HAPPA are looking for extraordinary people that have the time, energy and commitment to keep these equines in the best possible condition in their twilight years. Each equine’s needs will vary; the Scheme aims to rehome those equines that can sometimes be less appealing due to additional health issues. Within this Scheme we offer some financial support.

HAPPA will provide funding for associated cost in relation to the health care of our veteran horse or pony: support is excluding of livery and day to day routine costs. These include:

  • Routine vaccinations
  • Annual teeth checks
  • Farrier care and trims
  • Routine worming
  • Any related veterinary costs (capped @ £500 colic surgery exempt) – terminal illness such as Equine Cushings Disease; HAPPA’s policy is not to medicate newly diagnosed (this must be discussed with our support team before taking a decision to medicate).

a full Q & A fact sheet on our Veteran Scheme can be found here.

Veteran Care Scheme
Temporary Foster Care Scheme

Temporary Foster Care Scheme (Temporary Financially Assisted Scheme)

Our  Temporary Foster Care Scheme is aimed at extraordinary people, with equine experience, that are able to offer temporary homes in which HAPPA youngsters can grow, develop and mature into strong, well-mannered adolescents. We encourage and support our Foster Careers to ensure that each equine is fit and ready to undergo the backing process when they return to the Centre, in the year that they reach four years old.

These young equines can, at times, be challenging, frustrating, yet very rewarding. When considering Rehoming a Foster Equine please remember that the year they turn four years old they will need to return to the Centre and this can sometimes be a difficult and emotional transition for some people and we ask that you take this into consideration before applying to Foster.

Within this Scheme we offer some financial support to cover associated costs in relation to routine vaccinations and Vets fees—capped at £1,000. For more information we have produced a Q & A section available on our website. Foster ponies will be available for rehoming once they have gone through the next process—they will be reassessed for suitability as a ridden prospect and complete the backing process or be evaluated as a suitable Project Horse or Companion Equine.

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