Stage 1

How Do I Apply for Foster A Horse?

You can either download a Fostering Application Form by clicking the button at the bottom of this page or write to us requesting a Form, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope.

Your completed application is passed to our Fostering Division, who will assess your application. If the application is accepted, we will then review the list of horses/ponies available for re-homing, and attempt to match you to a horse/pony. Each horse has a profile of the type of fosterer we think it will need, and this will be consulted as part of this process.

Stage 2

What Happens Next?

If and when a suitable horse or pony is available, or becomes available, that matches your application, we will contact you by telephone to discuss the horse/pony with you. If you are interested in going forward onto the next stage of the fostering process, an appointment will be made for you to come in and meet the horse/pony.

Stage 3

Testing your Knowledge and Experience

Where possible, we like to see potential Fosterers ride a well schooled horse/pony, which gives us an idea of whether the horse/pony we have in mind as a match for you is suitable.  

Following this assessment, you will see the potential foster horse/pony ridden by one of our team.  If you are happy to go ahead with another assessment ride, this time on the horse/pony available for foster, we will ask you to ride him/her.

All potential Fosterers are encouraged to come back to ride the horse/pony at two or three pre-arranged appointments before any decision is made.

Stage 4

Meeting the Potential Foster Horse/Pony

On successful completion of the Questionnaire, you will be introduced to the horse/pony we think is a match for you. You will see the horse/pony tacked up and ridden by one of our team. Should you still wish to go ahead with your application, we shall then expect to see you walk, trot and canter the horse/pony on both reins at this appointment. This is, of course, dependant upon the fitness of the animal and/or ground conditions at the time.

Stage 5

Handling the Horse/Pony

After this, you will be able to spend some time with the horse or pony, grooming them and getting them to know them a little better.

Stage 6

Riding the Horse/Pony

After this, you will be able to spend some time with the horse or pony, grooming them and getting them to know them a little better.

Stage 7

Is this the Horse/Pony for You?

We will then discuss whether you think the horse or pony is suitable for you, and whether we think you are suitable for the particular horse or pony. If all is well, you will then have five days to think about whether or not you would like to go ahead and foster the horse or pony.  If we have not received a response from you by the end of this period, we will assume that you are no longer interested, and alternative fostering arrangements will be made. If you decide you wish to proceed with the application, we move onto the Home Assessment.

Stage 8

The Home Assessment

The next stage is the Home Assessment. One of our Fostering Officers will arrange to visit you to carry out an assessment on the place where you would like to keep a horse, and also to meet you in your own environment.

Should there be a problem with the Home Assessment, and the Society feels that this is sufficient reason to refuse to consider your Fostering Application further, you will be informed as soon as possible after the Home Assessment has taken place.

We like to be as transparent about the reasons for our decisions as possible, and will therefore inform you fully of the reason for your rejection. If, at a later date, you feel you have addressed the issue that prevented you from being considered as a fosterer, we would be only too happy to reconsider you.

Stage 9

Setting Up A Fostering Agreement

If the Home Assessment is successful, you will be invited to enter into a legal Fostering Agreement with the Society. It is at this stage that you:

(1)   make your donation to the Society;

(2)  become, and remain, a Member of the Charity for the duration of your fostering term (one of EHPPS’ fostering requirements); and

(3)  take your foster horse/pony to your appointed livery yard.

Our horses and ponies’ welfare remains our primary concern at all times.   

It is vitally important to us where our animals are placed in foster homes and is not a process that we rush.   

Therefore , the fostering processes are carried out strictly by pre-arranged appointments only.

EHPPS uses the expertise of our staff to train and fully assess all our youngsters in readiness for fostering. This gives them the best possible start in life.

 The training takes as long as each individual horse or pony requires. It is vitally important to us that our horses are not only in expert hands, but that they are treated with patience and kindness at all times.

 Our staff also assess any rideable horses and ponies that are returned from foster. This process gives us a clear picture of any vices or problems the horse may have developed which the team can then rectify.

If we are unable to match your application at the time it is received, you will be informed by letter within 48 hours of receipt of such application. Your details will then be placed on our waiting list.  

It is vitally important to us that horse and rider/handler are properly matched.  

Our trainers provides a full written assessment of freshly backed and schooled horses.