Why Adopt a rescue horse?

By adopting a rescue you will be giving a wonderful new life to an animal that needs a loving home and providing routine and reassurance  to  them. It also frees up a space for us to take another pony from a potentially dire situation, to keep saving horses we must keep rehoming the ones in our care. 



Whats “wrong” with Rescues?

People sometimes think that there there must be something “wrong” with the horses we have, for them to have ended up in such a place? The only thing wrong is the poor handling they have sometimes  experienced at the hands of humans. We spend  months assessing horses, rehabilitating them and getting them back to health. We do our best to match potential adopters to the most suitable pony for their needs and skill level. 

We will always be 100% honest to the best of our knowledge, about a horses temperment and past health issues (something you cannot always rely on when buying a horse!). And of course if for any reason you find it isn’t working out we will of course take the horse back. 


What should you consider before adopting? 

  • Is it a companion or riding pony/horse you are looking for?
  • what level of experience does the rider/ handler have?
  • Have you thoroughly researched the costs assosciated with keeping an equine? Feed, bedding, farrier, vets costs, dentist, insurance etc. it’s not an insignificant amount, and the financial commitment needed should not be taken lightly, 
  • Do you have time to care for the animal?
  • Are you willing to invest time in training the animal or employ a trainer to do so?
  • Do you have land and facilities to keep the animal? If not, do you have livery space secured?
  • Is there sufficient acerage for grazing and stables/ a shelter? 
  • FHI has a strict policy on no breeding of our equines. 
  • Any equine adopted must have another equine for company, being herd animals it is essential to their comfort that they have company of their own kind.
  • You must register your premises with the Dept of Agriculture for keeping equines; valid Equine Premises Number will be required prior to application to adopt.
  • We do not rehome horse where the intention is to sell them on, we are looking for long term, loving homes for our animals. 


What is the application process?

If you are interested in adopting an equine from  us please email to arrange a visit to our yard to meet the pony/Horses of interest. At this point we will discuss you desires/ expectations for the animals and we will try match you with the animal that suits your needs best.

Upon deciding which pony you would like to adopt we will provide you with an application form, which you must fill in and return to us. A home check will be carried out by us to ensure proper facilities and fencing are in place on your property.

Upon completion of satisfactiory home check, a rehoming contribution is paid prior to the equine being collected. The contribution varies depending on the animal; starting at €150 for small ponies up to €350 for larger ponies/Horses. This contribution helps us to help the next horse in need, it goes directly towards the rescue and rehabilitation of the horses in our care.


Collection of your horse/pony can then be arranged. All future cost associated with the care and upkeep of the animal are now your responsibility. We reserve the right to do follow up visits to ensure the welfare of the animal. 















Why Foster a Rescue Pony?

Fostering frees up a rescue space so we can take in another animal in need, also in a home environment one on one it prepares the horse for their forever home.

Foster homes allow horses to have more time being handled and some individual training making them more ready for rehoming. 


How is Fostering different than adopting?

An equine on foster is still looking for a forever home elsewhere, we will still be advertising them via our webpage and social media as looking for a home. For this reason we generally prefer foster homes to be local to us to allow us to facilitate potential adopters to meet the pony. 


Can I Foster a horse with the aim of training them?

Yes. Absolutely! It can be difficult when caring for so many horses to give them all the one on one attention they would benefit from, so we are very happy to have experienced individuals take on our horses to further their learning. We at FHI are advocates of humane training methods; positive reinforcement, natural horsemanship and force free training methodologies. It’s important that potential fosterers aiming to train are similarly inclined.  

Any equine must be an absolute minimum of 3 years old before beginning heavy groundwork or weight bearing training, younger horses are only permitted to have more basic handling undertaken as training. 


What are the requirements to foster a pony?

Requirements are similar to the beginning steps for adopting a pony; visit our yard, meet the pony and discuss with us your intended reason for fostering. A home check of your facilities and filling in of relavent forms, an Equine Premises Number for your property is required. Please have a look at the adoption FAQ for more details. 



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