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Blue Cross conducting initial equine matchmaking during coronavirus lockdown

The horse rehoming team is on hand to look at applications and begin the matchmaking process

If you are looking for your perfect equine partner now is the time to contact Blue Cross to set the wheels in motion.

While the charity is unable to take in or rehome horses during the Government’s Covid-19 lockdown, the horse rehoming team is on hand to look at applications and begin the matchmaking process. This way horses and ponies in the charity’s care will be a step further towards their new homes when the lockdown is lifted, and centre visits and home checks can commence.

Currently Blue Cross has more than 100 horses and ponies looking for new homes at its centres in Burford Oxfordshire and Rolleston Staffordshire. A further 25+ are registered on the charity’s Home Direct scheme, where they are moved from one home direct to another, under the expert guidance of the Blue Cross rehoming team.

“The initial stage of our matchmaking process involves looking at applications and matching requirements, experience and environment with suitable horses and ponies,” said Abigail Leach, Blue Cross Horse Rehoming Coordinator. “Our centres are obviously closed during lockdown and we can’t carry out home visits, but by receiving applications now we can act faster when things get back to normal, to secure perfect homes for horses and ponies who are ready and waiting.”

Two ponies currently looking for homes are Belle and Jaxx.

Belle, an 11-year-old, 15.2hh mare, is a lovely girl who enjoys lots of fuss and attention and is looking for a home as a companion. She is happy living out and easy to do in ways. She is based at Blue Cross Rolleston.

Jaxx, a 7-year-old, 13hh gelding, is looking for a companion home where he has someone to build a one to one bond with. He has been nervous about having his feet trimmed but with regular training from the farrier he is making great progress. We are looking for a home where he can continue his training.

Some people may be struggling to keep their horse or pony because of the challenges of the COVID-19 situation. Blue Cross has a special “Help My Horse” inbox for those needing support and advice and is happy to take enquiries during these uncertain times. The charity is unable to make visits to assess horses during the lockdown period but can help guide and advise horse owners, collect the necessary paperwork for the Home Direct Scheme and have responsible rehoming plan in place once normal service is resumed. If you need guidance please email

For details of Blue Cross horses looking for homes please visit their website. If you are not in a position to rehome, but still wish to help, please consider supporting Blue Cross.

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