Retraining Centre for ex-racehorses

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MOORCROFT Racehorse Welfare Centre, based at the Huntingrove Stud in Slinfold, is the temporary home to 28 ex-racehorses that are being retrained with a view to rehoming them for a life outside racing.

Manager Mary Henley-Smith ensures the horses are found suitable alternative homes based on their abilities and needs.

She said: “The charity does not sell its horses but merely asks for a donation to be made to the charity based on the quality and ability of the horse - which is typically way below market value. If you feel that you are in a position to offer a loving home to one of our deserving horses, please do not hesitate to contact us.

“We also have some lovely horses that cannot work again but need a good home as a field companion. We do not ask for a donation to the charity for these horses and would invite anybody who feels that they could use any of these horses as a friend for their own horse to please get in touch with me on 07929 666408, between 7am-4pm except Sundays.”

The centre relies heavily on donations and fundraising to fund its work, and also now runs different equestrian courses. There is a new four-week course starting in February, every Tuesday from February 7 from 7.30pm to 8,30pm or 9pm. The cost is £15 per session, or £50 is paying at the beginning for the four week course.

Tuesday February 7 - Longreining. The reasons why, how to longrein, a chance to have a go and useful exercises to help your horse. Ridden demonstration.

Tuesday February 14 - The Riders Posture. Its effects on the horses posture. Help improve. Ridden demonstration.

Tuesday February 21 - More Longreining. Consolidating the last two weeks work plus ridden demonstration.

Tuesday February 28 - Feeding/Digestion/Effect on work and posture. How and why we feed the horses here at Moorcroft - problems etc. Ridden demonstration.

Book with Mary on 07929 666408 between 7am and 4pm (not Sundays).

See also http://www.mrwc.org.uk