Rescued Shire horse finds her happy ever after

by | 10 October 2022 | Gainsborough, Local Charity

Bransby Horses is pleased to announce their Sponsorship Star and visitor favourite, Honour, has found her perfect match and is now living in a loving foster home.

Although she was not on the rehoming scheme, an application fitted Honour so well it couldn’t be ignored.
In an ideal world, all Bransby Horses equines would find refuge with their Perfect Partner, but sadly many have complex needs meaning this isn’t always possible.

Honour’s size, lack of early handling and medical needs meant she was very likely to be in sanctuary care her entire life – but when an applicant ticked many of her boxes, the team felt there was a good chance Honour’s ‘perfect partner’ had been found.

Rehoming Manager, Rosanna Elliott Hart, said: “We are just over the moon Honour has found her perfect match. We hope everyone who sponsored her will continue to support and follow her journey.

“When someone applies to foster a horse from us there are lots of things to consider but the animal’s needs are our highest priority. In very rare circumstances this means there maybe horses that are not on the rehoming section of our website but, could still be considered for foster life.

“This is what has happened in Honour’s case and we are confident she will continue to thrive out of the limelight and in a new herd.”

The 16.3hh, black Shire mare is still settling into her new home with her Perfect Partner Jennifer, who is very excited about their future together.

Jennifer said: “Honour has settled in really well to her new home; she has a field companion who looks like a smaller version of her and we are expecting a new friend to arrive in the next week or so. She has a massive stable right next to her field where she spends a few hours a day, especially when it is too hot, with her next-door stable mate who is a very gentle gelding whom she loves. They are the perfect size to groom each other over the stable wall.

“When we visited Bransby Horses we were so impressed with the layout, the fields and the care of all the equines there. They’ve done a splendid job with Honour – she is very trusting and we have only known each other a couple of months. Hopefully we will be together for many good years to come.”

Honour, like all the charity’s residents, has a home for life with Bransby Horses and remains under their ownership. Should there ever be a change in circumstances, Honour will return to the sanctuary without question.

Honour’s Story

Honour arrived the day before VE Day in 2017. Befittingly named by staff, she arrived as part of a joint rescue of a large herd of shire horses who had been abandoned in a large field in the West Midlands.

Concerns were raised for the welfare of the herd ahead of the cold, harsh winter months, where mares, foals and a then two-year-old Honour, would have no food or shelter.

She arrived at the charity on a cold winter’s day, frightened and confused. It’s possible she had never been handled by humans until she arrived and was understandably wary.

However, her kind nature shone through and within months the young filly started to blossom into the striking, confident mare she is today.