Yorkshire based charity, New Beginnings, looks after former racehorses both straight from the track and from private racing homes.
With patience, expertise and plenty of TLC, the New Beginnings team retrain and rehabilitate horses so that eventually, they can be placed in the ‘forever home’ that they deserve. Once rehomed, the charity retains ownership of all of the horses donated to them, providing reassurance that their welfare is always looked after. Here we share just one of New Beginnings’ many success stories…
Ginger’s Lad or ‘Jack’ to his friends, is a 13 year old Chestnut gelding who raced over jumps until he was 9 years old. He ran a total of 45 times, won twice and was placed 17 times. When Jack’s owners were unable to find a suitable home for him after his retirement, they donated him to New Beginnings. Jack was very tense and nervous out hacking, so Mark Holmes, who schools all of the horses at New Beginnings, originally rehomed him on a temporary basis so that he could spend more time improving his confidence. Jack now lives with Mark on a permanent basis and after gained his trust, Mark found he had an event horse in the making.
Racehorse to Event Horse
Despite the difficult start, Jack took to eventing like a ‘duck to water’ and after competing at BE80 last summer, has already qualified for the Retraining of Racehorses BE90 Championships. Mark feels an enormous sense of pride and achievement when he thinks about how far Jack has come, and looks forward to sharing many more successes with him as in he continues in his new career.
The Rewards of Retraining
Mark loves the time he spends at New Beginnings and says that although ex-racehorses have had a different start in life, once you have earned their trust and find something that they love doing, they are the most intelligent and rewarding horses you could ask for.