Bransby Horses is very careful to make sure that our Friend for Life scheme works for the long term benefit of both our equine and the foster home in which they are placed. This means we take great care with the rehoming process and there are a number of stages that a successful applicant must go through before they can take a Bransby Horses equine home with them.
If you are thinking of becoming a Friend for Life, please ensure you have read all the rehoming information and our Terms and Conditions on the website before submitting an application.
The aim of the rehoming process is to ensure potential fosterers have fully considered all the implications and costs involved in rehoming an equine. It is also to enable us to match suitable equines to suitable homes.
Potential fosterers select the horse, pony or donkey they would like to care for by reading the animal profiles online. Every applicant must read through and accept our Friend for Life Terms and Conditions before completing the online application form. Stage 2
Bransby Horses select the most suitable applicant to invite them to progress to the next stage of the rehoming process. At this point the online system will not accept further applications for the individual animal. The applicants who are not selected to proceed with their application will be contacted by email. Stage 3
The applicant selected to progress to stage 3 is invited to Bransby Horses to meet the Rehoming Team and the chosen equine. This meeting will include a discussion of the Terms and Conditions to ensure that the applicant fully understands the commitment involved in the Friend for Life scheme.
The applicant will also undergo an initial riding or handling assessment and will need to wear appropriate clothing for this part of the visit. Stage 4
A pre-home check is carried out by a Bransby Horses’ Rehoming Officer to ensure the environment and facilities at the equine’s prospective new home are suitable for the particular needs of the animal. If any adjustments are required, advice will be given and a further visit arranged if necessary. Stage 5
Further appointments will be facilitated to help establish a relationship between the applicant and the chosen equine. This will include riding and/or handling sessions depending on the animal that has been applied for. Only when both the applicant and Bransby Horses’ rehoming team are confident that the pairing is right will the application proceed to stage 6. Stage 6
Before the horse, pony or donkey is moved to its new home a basic vetting will be carried out. Stage 7
Arrangements are made to move the equine to his/her new home.
It is desirable for the fosterer to then arrange transport for the equine as Bransby Horses has limited time and resources. Stage 8
The fosterer becomes part of Bransby Horses’ Friend for Life network and has access to support and advice whenever needed. Regular newsletters are sent to all our fosterers and the Rehoming Team undertakes twice yearly visits to ensure that all is well and both horse and human are enjoying each other’s company.