Welcome, new friends of Racehorse Relief.
Racehorse Rehabilitation, Reschooling and Rehoming charity based in Cornwall.
Our ethos at Racehorse Relief
Racehorse Relief was founded in 2011 and obtained charitable status in 2014. We are the only Southwest accredited rehoming centre with the Retraining of Racehorses- (ROR).
It is an age-old myth that horses are 'disposed' of when they can no longer run a race.
There are approximately 14,000 horses in training in the UK and between 4,000 and 5,000 leave racing each year.
When a horse retires from racing it can go on to live a long and fulfilling life. Like the ex-marine who goes on to become a doctor or mechanic, racehorses can learn entirely new careers and absolutely thrive. Whether they go on to do eventing, show jumping, dressage or simply just become a 'happy hacker' that can enjoy a quiet retirement. However, occasionally a horse leaves racing and through no fault of their own ends up being passed through many homes. This can create a wealth of physical and psychological issues. It is our passion to help these horses as well as the horses straight from racing.
Our goal is to become the 'middleman' between race trainer and new owner.
Being able to take on and rehabilitate a horse straight from the track eliminates the risk of the horse being passed from one home to the next. We can guarantee every horse will be retrained professionally by our dedicated grooms/riders and matched to the best possible home that we can find. However, if for any reason this home does not work out then the horse will always return back to us. We will then re-evaluate the horses needs.
The main rule is – treat every horse as an individual.
Retraining and rehoming an ex racehorse requires a great deal of thinking outside the box. From the 3 year old ex-flat horse that has known no other life, to the veteran national hunt horse that has seen it all. Each horse has its own requirements and will have an individually tailored reschooling and rehabilitation program developed. This takes an enormous amount of time and patience; some horses take to their new lives in 3-4 months and others take more like 2 years. As we get to know each horse we discover where their ability lies and like to focus on that, i.e. some will be aimed at the show ring, jumping or hacking depending on their temperament and ability. This will give us a clear idea when it comes to rehome the horse what sort of environment and rider will suit it the best.
Our aim is to match a horse to loanee as best as we possibly can to create the perfect partnership.
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Registered Charity #: 1157554
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Racehorse Relief is extremely proud to announce that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is “delighted to become a Friend of Racehorse Relief”. With an invaluable wealth of equine experience and knowledge, it is a great honour and privilege to be able to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal into our charity.
We are looking forward to inviting Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to visit us here in Cornwall so that we can show how important our work is for securing safe and secure retirements for these wonderful animals.