Horses come to us directly from horseracing or from private homes. They may have finished racing because they are not fast enough, injury has halted their career or they are have reached an age where they should retire from the sport. Others, coming from private homes, may have completed their racing career many years ago. Either way, through no fault of their own, many Thoroughbreds find themselves in need of a new home.
Taking a break...
When a horse comes into New Beginnings it is assessed and will then be turned away with a few other horses in selected groups to allow them to relax and become their own horse again.
This ‘time out’ is invaluable, particularly for horses straight out of training as it will allow their race muscle to soften, but more importantly it will allow them time to mentally adjust to life after racing. Every horse is an individual and we treat them as such, some horses will be turned away for a couple of months, some may be turned away for longer. The time they take is completely dependent on the individual's mental state and physical needs when they come to us.
Once they are showing signs of being relaxed and looking for a job we bring them in and their re-schooling starts.
Re-training usually starts with long lining and ground work, followed by ridden work; everything is introduced at the horse's own pace. This builds confidence and allows each horse to develop physically and mentally. This stage will often highlight their personal strengths – perhaps demonstrating a flair for dressage, jumping or as a confident hack.
This process can take anything from several weeks to many months, but we never rush the horses. We endeavour to work with each individual at its own pace within its own comfort zone. Our aim is to produce horses that can easily move into new disciplines and be successfully re-homed.
New Beginnings commits to look after every horse for the rest of their natural lives.
Please contact us by email on 01759 369810 for more information.