A Permanent Home For The Most Complex Horses
It is not in the best interest of some of the horses that come into our care to be re-homed. This might be due to the complexity of their behavioural problems, physical needs, or that they are particularly bonded within a herd. No horse is ever sold from The Positive Herd Project, nor put to sleep on behavioural grounds. All those that cannot be re-homed are able to live a happy and safe live within a stable herd with us. These horses are also invaluable in providing a model of how to manage a herd naturally and ethically, while meeting all of their evolutionary needs. It is amazing how behaviour changes once the living conditions are right.
With regards to the horse's management the highest level of welfare is constantly aimed for by meeting all of their natural needs. This includes keeping pair bonds together, giving unlimited forage and constant access to an enriching outdoor area. It also involves adapting the horse's environment to better meet their needs. Many of the sanctuary horses have had severe behavioural issues, which they can work through at their own pace using positive techniques under the guidance of our equine behaviourist.
Our sanctuary herds act as a model on how to manage horses naturally while supporting optimal welfare. All of the horses predominantly live outside with their herd, and have constant access to shelter. Their environment has been designed to promote choice and autonomy, allowing them to meet all of their needs as a group.
Meet The Herd
Here are just some of the horses who have found a permanent home with us at The Positive Herd Project.
Our photogenic Appaloosa, Reno is not short of admirers. He has worked through issues of frustration around food after being deprived it in his past. Reno is a laid back and gentle soul.
Also known as 'Whale' for her huge, white majesty, Zilly came with severe separation anxiety. She is pair bonded with Rafferty and such a friendly, inquisitive soul.
Troy came as an untouchable and terrified boy, and is still wary to this day. When he trusts the people around him he is an incredible horse! He has great horse skills and loves playing.
Orphaned at 8 weeks old and hand reared, Raff developed some very aggressive behaviour. Sadly we had to say goodbye to Raff in 2022, he was a much loved horse!
Indi is an ex-racehorse who lost his first race and was then sold on, and adopted by Beth. He has never been sound and moves at a snails pace, but loves scratches and attention.
Our most recent addition, Dotty came with behavioural issues including rearing. Everyone has fallen in love with her and she's pair bonded with Troy. She's a clever, stunning girl.