Retraining methodology

Horses come to us directly from trainers / owners or from private post-race homes. They may have finished racing because they are not fast enough, injury has halted their career or they have reached an age where they 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 by our vet and after a suitable time in quarantine they will then be turned away with other horses in selected groups. This allows them to relax and give them the space and time to 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 need is completely dependent on the individual's requirements when they come to us.

Once they are relaxed and are showing signs of looking for a job, their re-schooling will start.

In work...

Re-training starts with long lining which allows us to get a feel for the horse from the ground and allow the horse to build its confidence and strength before we get on. When we are happy that the horse is ready to be ridden, we will quietly and calmly re-back them. They will be schooled in our arena and taken out on hacks in the countryside initially in pairs then eventually on their own. Everything is introduced at the horses own pace. This stage often highlights the horses personal strengths – perhaps demonstrating a flair for dressage, jumping or 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.

Success stories...


We were approached by the owner of a local livery yard to see if we would take a former racehorse that had come into her care. Cindy was not in a good way, she had been bought from the horse sales to save her from the meat man. Having had a foal the mare was seen to be of no use once it was weaned. 

The livery yard owner intervened and Cindy came into New Beginnings carrying little condition and with an ulcer on her leg. Given time and a considerable amount of care Cindy gained weight and the ulcer on her leg healed. She progressed really well and now re-homed Cindy is enjoying her life with a lady who loves her. The two of them enjoy nothing more than hacking together around the country roads.


Doc had enjoyed some success in his racing career with a win at Beverley, placed second twice and third once. His last race was in December 2009.

Doc had been rehomed straight from racing to a very experienced lady; unfortunately she was unable to keep him and she found him a new home. Sadly, after three weeks the new owners were unable to manage him and contacted us.

Doc was initially challenging as he would not stand near the mounting block and often panicked when being mounted. It appeared Doc liked something going on, having been used to being on a busy yard and worried if it was too quiet. Time and care helped him adapt and he has now found a great new home, is loving life and enjoying his second career.