New Beginnings is a Registered Charity (Charity number 1165357)
We are now in our tenth year and have grown in both expertise and experience to offer each and every horse that comes to us the security that they need and deserve. Our journey started with just a few acres and a few horses but our passion for thoroughbreds, determination and tenacity has helped us grow into an established retraining and rehoming centre, the only one of its kind in the North East, with 30 horses in our care at any one time and a reputation that we are proud of.
Since our inception the priority for New Beginnings has been, and always will be, the welfare of our horses and those horses that are looking for a safe and secure home.
We are delighted to be one of only ten rehoming centres officially accredited by RoR (Retraing of Racehorses) http://www.ror.org.uk. We were assessed in a range of areas to ensure that we met the criteria of an Accredited Rehoming Centre. As well as checking that our on-site facilities were of a high standard, such as stabling, exercise, schooling and turn-out areas, we were also assessed on our staffing, veterinary care provisions, re- homing programme and governance, as well as the overall sustainability of New Beginnings.
We are very proud to be a Full Equine Welfare Member of NEWC (National Equine Welfare Council) http://www.newc.co.uk. Membership provides an assurance to both the public and the industry that horse welfare is our priority.
The ‘passion’ behind New Beginnings is to provide a safe supportive environment for former racehorses to adapt and learn new skills after they have finished their first career in racing. They are offered a “Life Past the Post’’.The aim of New Beginnings is not to be a sanctuary, we look to re-train and re-home as many suitable former racehorses as possible. Horses are ‘loaned’ to long term forever homes but will always return to New Beginnings if circumstances change, guaranteeing a secure future for these horses as they will never be sold.
All horses that come to New Beginnings are assessed and a training program is planned, which includes rehabilitation if required. Initially, horses are generally turned away and introduced to groups to allow them to relax, settle and enjoy equine company and often learn social skills through becoming part of a small herd. This helps them to adjust to their lifestyle change and, once the horse is relaxed and happy, then their re-training program will commence.