The loan process is thorough as we work hard to find each loaner their perfect match! The process consists of five stages which are briefly outlined below:
Stage 1: Complete an online application form & submit riding videos
Click here to complete the online application form. The information given here allows us to make a preliminary evaluation of a loaners requirements and assess whether any of our current horses could be suitable.
– Unfortunately, we are not usually able to find horses that can carry more than around 13 stone.
– Potential loaners under the age of 18 years will need to be guaranteed by an experienced parent or guardian.
Stage 2: Waiting for your suitable match
Following submission of your application form and videos our Equine Co-Ordinator, Holly, will email to confirm receipt. If there is a suitable horse available that matches your requirements Holly will call you to discuss your potential match. If we do not have a suitable horse available at the time, your application will be held on file until a match becomes available.
Stage 3: Visit the Centre
Once we have found a potential match we will invite you to visit the Centre for a riding assessment on one of our assessment horses and hopefully meet your potential match. The purpose of the riding assessment is simply to help us assess your level and style of riding for the horse we have in mind. It is NOT a test! (Please note if the application is for more than one rider then both riders must attend the centre for an assessment. A £25 fee is payable on booking riding assessment visit. This is non-refundable.) Following on from your assessment if we still feel you are a good match for the horse we had in mind you will be able to ride this horse whilst at the Centre.
Stage 4: References & Pre-homing stable visit
When you have found your perfect match we will arrange a pre homing visit to the premises where the horse will be kept. We are not looking for perfection but good husbandry, a secure, safe and loving home. We will request two references per loaner to ensure the home is suitable.
Stage 5: Contract
A contract stating the terms and conditions of the loan is put in place between the Loaner and the TRC to safeguard all concerned, but primarily the welfare of the horse.
Once the contract has been exchanged and the re-homing fee received by the BTRC you can make the arrangements for transporting the horse. You will be responsible for the cost of transport and for all the costs of keeping the horse thereafter.
Stage 6: Field Visits
You and your new horse will be visited by a BTRC Field Officer within the first three months of the loan, then six months (if required) and yearly thereafter. These visits provide you with a support network, but also ensure that all BTRC horses continue to be loved and cared for.
The Costs & Requirements
By the time your horse is ready for its new loan home the charity will have invested a considerable amount of time and money into the horse. For this reason, we ask loaners to pay a non-refundable re-homing fee when the horse is taken from the BTRC and for our loaners to become a Committed Giver.
- Re-Homing Fee: From £600
- Committed Giving: Charitable Donation of £10 per month by Direct Debit
- Insurance: All loaners must take out third party, public liability and veterinary fees insurance cover. The loaner must provide evidence of this prior to taking the horse home.
BTRC Help & Advice
The BTRC is available to advise you through all stages of this process and at all times to assist you with your new horse thereafter. Any problems can be assessed and help is at hand from our highly experienced staff.
Should a horse need to be returned for any reason, the BTRC requires one months’ notice and the loaner will be responsible for the cost of the return transport.
We take enormous pride in producing our ex-racehorses for their new life after racing. Some may make great fun competition horses whilst others are suited to a more relaxed way of life.
If you require more about loaning a horse from the BTRC please call 01524 812649.