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Donating a Horse to New Beginnings


We take horses straight from training or from private post racing homes.

New Beginnings aims to retrain and re-home former racehorses into useful and fulfilling lives. Every horse that comes to New Beginnings will be given security for the rest of their natural life as we never sell our horses but look for long term loving homes. Once re-homed, if circumstances change the horse will always return to New Beginnings. We offer a safe and secure future. 

Whilst there is no age limit on horses coming into New Beginnings, every horse has to be fully assessed verbally with the owner before we move forward. We concentrate on horses that can do a job, we are not a sanctuary.                  

Seasonal variations and current numbers on site restrict us but we do run a strict waiting list. 

The waiting list is reviewed regularly to ensure neither horse nor potential owners are waiting for months unnecessarily.


The requirements below are necessary to secure the future of New Beginnings and to ensure the best care is given to every horse, providing it with a safe and secure future for the rest of its natural life.


  • Email New Beginnings through the "Contact Us" page giving a full background details including your horse’s history, health and behaviour. 

You must notify us of any previous or ongoing injuries and temperament traits the horse has or has previously had. This may result in us requiring an additional veterinary check prior to us agreeing to accept the horse. This could include blood tests and x-rays. 

We do not discriminate if a horse has had injuries, ailments or problems, we just ask for the most honest and comprehensive report as possible to help us ensure the best future care for your horse.  

  • Before the horse is admitted we will need a full clinical report from your veterinary practice. This will be assessed by our vet and if our vet is happy that your horse is fit enough to be retrained then we can proceed.
  • We ask for a negative strangles ELISA blood test to be forwarded to us prior to the horse coming in. The owner is responsible for the arrangement and cost. This needs to be done within a few days of your horse coming to us. 
  • It is essential that the horse’s flu vaccinations are up to date before he / she arrives. If they are not you will be required to pay for the first 3 vaccinations. We cannot accept a horse into our care until it has adequate cover, therefore the first 2 injections must have been administered.
  • When a horse comes into New Beginnings, we request a donation. We ask that this reflects the cost of the care needed to keep and retrain your horse and give it security for the rest of its natural life. Our minimum donation is the equivalent of one month’s training fees. 

As you can appreciate this bears no resemblance to the actual costs of retraining and finally rehoming your horse. On average in a 12-month period each horse in our care will cost us in the region of £5000.00 We hope you will consider this when offering your donation. 

If you cannot afford this then please talk to us as we will still endeavour to help as the welfare of each and every horse is our priority.

All donations are non-specific.  

  • We also request that you become a ‘Friend of New Beginnings’.

‘Friends of New Beginnings’.  

It is crucial that we continue our work to protect your horse and all horses in our care. We ask that you donate a regular monthly amount to ensure that we can continue to give your horse the security and protection it deserves, for the rest of their life.

  • A non-racing agreement will be lodged at Weatherbys. This is additional peace of mind for you as it prevents any racing entries being made for your horse in the future. We will also change the owners name on the horse passport.

We ask that you contribute to the costs for this which is £26.00

  • When your horse arrives at New Beginnings it will be individually assessed. A rehabilitation or re-training programme will then be developed to suit its individual needs.


Your horse will be regularly assessed whilst under the care of New Beginnings both on the premises here and at any potential new home. You are welcome to phone us at any time for an update on your horse’s care and development. If we are not available to take your call, we will always call you back.






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