The Guardian

The responsibility of guardians.

Taking on and rehoming of a horse or pony from Baxters Rescue.

As a Guardian (provisional or Registered), we ask that you ensure the horse or pony has a safe place to live within a loving home, they are not left alone (subject to certain conditions), they have sufficient daily access to suitable food,clean water and shelter, they have access to equine health care professionals when they need to and are provided with suitable rugs, sheets, blankets and other equipment as necessary for their safety and comfort.


Horses and ponies also require and must be provided with, a solid regime of care including foot trims, worming, vaccinations, teeth care and veterinary treatment whenever they need it.


The welfare of our horses and ponies always comes first and it is very important that we are able to achieve a good match between the horse or pony and the Guardian (provisional or Registered) however; on occasions this is not always possible.


In the event you are not a match for one type of horse or pony, this does not mean you will not be able to take on a horse or pony to rehome. We will contact you when a more suitable horse or pony becomes available. If you have an interest in re-homing a particular breed of horse or pony, or see one available at another rescue or sanctuary, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be pleased to help you where we can, or provide advice and guidance in equine care and re-homing.


Once you have taken on the re-homing of a horse or pony from Baxters Rescue, one of our Equine Welfare Officers will meet with you and the re-homed horse or pony on a regular basis, to make sure all their needs are being met and if you require any advice or guidance. We are also keen to find out more about the progress of your partnership with your new horse or pony.


Owning a horse or pony is a significant commitment and it is important that Provisional Guardians wishing to offer a new home to a rescued horse or pony take sufficient time to consider this carefully and seek advice before agreeing to doing so.


Please read the article about being committed to looking after a horse or pony which is in the news section of the site or follow the link - Are You Committed to Looking After a Horse or Pony?.


Our re-homing scheme and scheme agreement are very comprehensive. This is because it provides guidance about the responsibilities of those taking on a horse or pony and is necessary to ensure everyone knows what is expected of them.


Advice is always available from Baxters Rescue, so do not think you will be on your own when you need to chat to someone here – we are just a phone call away.


If you are interested in offering a loving stable home to a horse or pony, then do something amazing and get in touch with us, to find out how you can help these magnificent animals to enjoy a life free from abuse and suffering.