Rescued horses and ponies have often suffered neglect or abuse and many show signs of psychological or physical trauma. Because of this, each animal needs an individual programme of rehabilitation which often includes veterinary care, dentistry and farriery as well as handling and training to improve their chances of eventually being re-homed.
New arrivals at HorseWorld are isolated for three weeks before work begins to assess each animal's state of fitness and individual needs.
Expert staff then begin training, working to improve fitness and behavioural issues in partnership with vets, chiropractors and dentists.
HorseWorld's Strengthening and Retraining programme aims to bring each horse to the peak of fitness that it can achieve.
In rare straightforward cases this might take three months, but between six months to two years is more common. In some cases, horses will have suffered such problems that they will have to remain at HorseWorld for the rest of their lives.
Below is a video that our grooms filmed whilst doing the rounds of the fields in the snow. It shows some of the horses changing fields and gives an idea of the free and natural life a reitired HorseWorld horse will lead.