We are all getting older. And so it is not surprising that horses and ponies are not spared either. But while humans can benefit from their pension when they are old and frail and no longer fully fit for work (we all hope that will be the case), older horses can quickly become a financial burden for the horse owner. This is because they have not paid into the pension fund through their work and must hope that their human being has made provision in some way and is also prepared to spend money on the care of an old horse.
An old horse is labour-intensive and costly and, above all, at some point it can only be ridden to a limited extent or not at all. But maybe the horse owner doesn't want to give up riding and feeding a second horse is not financially possible. Now the question arises: where to put the old animal? Turn the formerly faithful friend into one of the many horses for slaughter? Are there horses in the animal shelter? Or is a sanctuary the right place to go?
Of course there are horses in the animal shelter, there is even a horse flap where horse owners in distress can anonymously hand in their animals. Since a horse does not fit into a flap, the horse flap consists of a paddock where the horse can be placed. The horse owner only has to throw the papers into the box provided for this purpose and does not have to worry about the horse placement.
However, the operators of sanctuary farms are usually familiar with the needs of older horses and allow the pensioners to be kept in groups with plenty of exercise and extensive care, so that the accommodation of the older four-legged friend at the sanctuary for horses makes sense. It is necessary to have a look at the keeping conditions at the sanctuary in advance to be able to decide whether the operators act seriously and the horse pensioner will be in good hands here.
However, horse sanctuaries usually do not only cater for paying pensioners, but also buy horses from poor husbandry or slaughter horses in order to give these horses and ponies a life appropriate to their species. This is also expensive and so the farms depend on donations. For many sanctuaries, the main focus is on placing horses, because once one of the animal welfare horses has been successfully placed, this gives the sanctuary operators the chance to take in and save even more horses and ponies.
Because that is the passion for which sanctuary operators usually live. For the horses that can no longer be taken in, sanctuary farms often try to help at least with horse placement by making their internet presence available. This way, one or the other of the Gnadenhof horses gets the chance to spend some more beautiful years of life with a new human being.
You could imagine being this new person and taking in one of these horses or giving one of the horses for slaughter a second life? No problem, the internet offers you the possibility to inquire about reputable sanctuaries and animal shelters. The "Pferdeklappe" also finds horses that for various reasons could no longer stay with their former owners. Many of the sanctuary horses are grateful four-legged friends who can enrich your life.