Help care for a horse
Provide hands-on help for Project Hope horses
To care or lease one our beautiful horses you need to:
- Become a member for as long as the horse is in your care.
- Cover all costs involved in caring for a horse.
- Provide proper care: regular worming, vaccinations, feet and teeth care, a safe environment and, veterinary care when needed
Provide regular updates and pictures (no less than annually) about the life of your horse or pony. These updates may be featured on
Facebook, online or other media (with privacy protected). This allows us to track of our horses and it can help us find a new forever
- Keep Project Hope informed of the horse or ponies address.
- Not breed with our mares.
These requirements protect the welfare of the horse and provides support to the owner.
Short term care
To help with short term care, you need to be a member and have knowledge and experience of horses. In addition they have all the
facilities required to manage the different needs of horses including:
- a yard to hold a horse, and
- a smaller paddock should the horse need to be on its own for any period of time.
A short term carer helps with a horses rehabilitation, hence the need for extensive experience. They work in partnership with the
committee and other members to provide the best care for a horse. Short term carers are offered support in their important role.
Rehabilitating horses, this can vary from six weeks to six months or more. Carers contact Project Hope regularly in this rewarding, and
challenging role, which is almost always a learning experience.
Providing care across Victoria. When a horse is taken into Project Hope care we seek the nearest carer suitable for each horse.
- Sometimes Project Hope is required to cover costs for items such as a vet, dentist, farrier or feed.
- Access to equine therapy professionals is available.
- Carers provide images and updates of the horse in their care.
Many rehab carers speak of the enjoyment of seeing the change in the horses and the bond they make. It provides huge future benefits for the
Occasionally, due to either medical problems preventing a healthy life, or dangerous behavioral problems, a horse or pony may be
euthanised. We screen horses and ponies carefully before surrender, but sometimes it takes time for critcal problems to arise.
Long Term Care and leasing
When a Project Hope horse is well and on the way to good health and handling, they are ready to be rehomed into long term care on a lease.
We do not sell horses or adopt them out, they remain a Project Hope horse with a lease attached. This is of great benefit to the new
owner of the horse.
- We don't lose sight of our horses as we require at least an annual update on a horses progress.
- If a horse is to be moved to a new location, we have to be informed. We also check the location is suitable,
- We are available to the carer for support and advice.
If a carers circumstances change and they can no longer care
for a Project Hope horse, they can contact us and we will rehome
You will be provided with an extensive profile of your chosen horse including its quirks, handling, health and more.
We take the utmost care to perfectly match our horses and ponies with their new owner to ensure all are set for a long and happy future