Following your initial enquiry, a member of the Here4Horses team will get in touch with you for an informal discussion, with regard to your experiences with horses.
Read our volunteer Pam’s story HERE to get a feel for whether fostering for Here4Horses might be right for you.
Then, if both sides are happy to continue, we will arrange a visit to the stable yard where the horse or pony would be kept, in order to put faces to names and provide an opportunity for everyone’s questions to be answered.
Our horses and ponies have often seen very tough times and it is extremely important to us that their futures are bright and secure with knowledgeable, kind people. We are sure that the right people for our Foster programme will understand this.
We are not necessarily looking for gold standard premises – but we will want to see well kept and fenced paddocks, stables of sufficient size and evidence of a routine in place that is beneficial to healthy, happy horses.
We are perhaps understandably, a little bit fussy, so it is not unusual for us to mention one or two small things which may need to be addressed but if after the visit everyone is keen to continue, the next step is to identify suitable candidates for you.
If you have already identified a potentially suitable horse or pony on our website, then arrangements will be made for a visit so that you can meet face to face and get a feel for whether the relationship might work.
If you have yet to see a horse or pony that fits the bill, then we may have one waiting in the wings but not available publicly just yet and we will arrange for a visit when the time is right.
If we don’t have a resident that fits your requirements, then with your agreement, we are happy to make contact with the other equine welfare agencies we work with, to try and find a partner that is right for you.
Alternatively, you can stay on our wait list until one comes along.