Rehomed ‘Project Pony’ On Track to Successful Ridden Career with Gillingham Rehomers

World Horse Welfare Kitty Fisher and her Gillingham rehomers are being celebrated as part of the charity’s Rehome a Horse Month after Kitty has made amazing progress to start her ridden career.

Kitty came into the care of World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in December 2016, when her owner became unable to give her the care she needed. Upon being assessed, it was clear that four year old Kitty had a lot of potential and so the team began to look for a home where she could continue her education with a view to being backed to ride.

Kitty was rehomed as a ‘Project Pony’ which indicates a horse or pony in need of an experienced rehomer who has a little more time, patience and knowledge to dedicate to a longer-term project. Lisa Franks had just lost a horse to an injury and was looking for a young horse to bring on as an all-rounder. She said:

“I was introduced to the World Horse Welfare team by my vet and decided that rehoming could be a great option. At our initial meeting with Kitty she showed that she had a wonderful temperament and a lovely action. After we had passed the assessment and home check, I was delighted to pick Kitty up and bring her to live in her new home at Eccliffe Equestrian with us. 

“She was soon walking in hand with a saddle and bridle on around the yard and this quickly gave way to longer walks so she could meet traffic.  Lunging and long-reining were then introduced together with lots of cuddles to give her confidence – and many of the cuddles were from the mounting block so very soon after we were leaning over her and sitting on her feeding her mints and carrots.

“Three months of gentle encouragement has produced a confident and mischievous pony who hacks out in company like a schoolmaster and soon will be out competing. Kitty has already read the manual and is working happily under saddle.  She works in the school in walk, trot and canter and is beginning to look like a proper dressage pro so we are hoping to compete at affiliate dressage next year.  She opens and shuts gates, is starting to move away from the leg and has mastered trotting poles. 

“I can’t believe how lucky I am to have her. She constantly amazes me and everyone we meet with how capable she is of accepting every situation with the same good nature and enthusiasm.”

September marks World Horse Welfare’s annual Rehome a Horse Month, a month of activity aimed at highlighting the benefits of rehoming, sharing just some of the amazing stories of rehomers around the country and raising awareness of the many horses and ponies still looking for a home. Each year, World Horse Welfare rehomes around 300 horses and ponies with over 1,800 currently out in loving homes around the UK.

World Horse Welfare Deputy Chief Executive, Tony Tyler, said:

“Rehome a Horse Month is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the many reasons why rehoming should always be the go-to option for anyone looking for a new horse or pony. Not only can you be guaranteed of complete honesty and transparency, but you also receive the support and back up of the World Horse Welfare team, plus the safety net that the horse or pony can be returned to our care at any time should your circumstances change.

“Kitty was rehomed as a project pony which sometimes means a horse or pony that is more challenging or simply needs a very specific type of home or rehomer but as is clear with Kitty, the rewards of taking on a project are certainly more than worthwhile and I am sure she has a very bright future ahead. 

“We are so grateful to all of our fantastic rehomers who are giving these horses and ponies a second chance at the life they deserve and it really is incredible to hear of all the amazing things they are achieving. From loyal companions to horse agility superstars, lead-rein ponies to driving dynamos and hacking horses to show ring successes – it seems there is nothing rehomed horses and ponies cannot do!”

Find out more about rehoming at: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/rehoming

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