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Second Chance Rehoming Project

Our Second Chance rehoming project is delivering a brighter future for horses who have suffered an unhappy past.

The number of horses being subjected to neglect is at an all-time high and rehoming centres are full.

Our partnership between with the RSPCA is helping both neglected horses and young people who are *NEET (not in education, employment or training). We are working to rehome rescued horses into BHS Approved Centres that are delivering the BHS’ Changing Lives through Horses programme where the horses can be rehabilitated alongside participants on the scheme.

We are working hard to support the rehabilitation of each horse and the difficult backgrounds experienced by many of the Changing Lives through Horses programme participants makes them particularly able to relate to the neglected horses they are working with.

This programme relies on public donations and grant funding. Please consider making a donation, visit our Just Giving page to make a donation or text ‘CLTH65 £5’ to 70070 to make a difference today.


Slinky before rehoming slinky after rehoming
 Slinky before  Slinky after


Changing Lives through Horses

Changing Lives through Horses aims to improve the lives of disengaged young people, regardless of their background, and give them the opportunity to develop skills that enable them to return to education or employment.

We aim to celebrate the powerful impact that horses can have on our society and the unique development of life skills which can help young people for the rest of their lives.

This programme, which is delivered by specially trained BHS Accredited Professional Coaches, gives them the chance to develop their skills enabling them to return to education and/or employment and prevent them from becoming NEET because both charities believe that horses are a powerful, emotive way of inspiring young people to reconnect with society, and the difficult backgrounds experienced by many of the participants makes them particularly able to relate to the horses they are working with.

changing live through horses and rehoming  martin clunes and changing lives participants 


We need your help

Thousands of horses have been identified as a serious risk and are currently being monitored. Should a large number of these horses require immediate intervention The British Horse Society and our welfare partners will simply not be able to cope. The results of this could be catastrophic. Please, donate generously so we can reduce the welfare strain and end needless cases of neglect.


Success Stories

The initial stage of this rehoming project has been a great success, with six horses now well settled into BHS Approved Centres. The project continues to flourish, with a further eight horses recently arriving at their new centres.

Hall Place Equestrian Centre in Berkshire has rehomed Samson who was rescued, along with 30 other horses, from a 60-acre field with no grass, stagnant water, and dead horses. Samson was completely unhandled and very wary, but pictured here with Lottie, a Changing Lives through Horses participant, you can see he’s now settled in well and loved to bits.

samson rescued

“The Changing Lives through Horses Programme is undoubtedly one of the best schemes I have been involved with in rehoming RSPCA rescued horses. This is a fantastic opportunity for young people and horses to come together and interact. The pleasure in seeing trust that grows between human and equine is something very close to my heart. The project is clearly on an upward curve.

The RSPCA has 1000 horses in our care at present, and the Equine Crisis seems to have no end. With the help of the BHS and the Changing Lives through Horses Programme we can go some way to help alleviate this problem, and bring pleasure and a sense of purpose at the same time. A very big thank you to all involved throughout the country. This is partnership working at its best!”

RSPCA Equine Welfare Operations Manager
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