Former Racehorses at Greatwood

These former racehorses are unsuitable for re-homing due to injury, temperament or age but will have a safe home at Greatwood to live out the rest of their days in comfort. Each of these horses is assessed to see if they are suitable to be used in the Horse Power programme to help children with special educational needs, giving them a new focus.

Greatwood Former Racehorses Looking for a Home

A former racehorse has much to offer after its period of rehabilitation and Greatwood makes every effort to match the right horse with a carer. Greatwood equine management staff carefully vets all applicants to ensure that ultimately both horse and carer have a long and happy life together.

  • Knowledgeable, caring people
  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • Thoroughbred experience
  • Below 12 stone
  • Ability, facilities and commitment
  • Applicant’s references and facilities will be checked
  • If this is satisfactory to the staff, the applicants will then be asked to sign a legal contract and make a donation of £750
  • Carers are required to become a Friend of Greatwood for the duration of the loan - this costs just £5 per month

This donation towards the substantial running costs of Greatwood is very much appreciated when an ex-racehorse is re-homed.

  • While Greatwood expects all horses to remain with the carer for the rest of their natural lives, a firm contract is in place whereby horses cannot be sold on or moved without Greatwood's permission and regular welfare checks are undertaken.
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Former Racehorses Sanctuary

These former racehorses are unsuitable for re-homing due to injury, temperament or age but will have a safe home at Greatwood to live out the rest of their days in comfort. Each of these horses is assessed to see if they are suitable to be used in the Horse Power programme to help children with special educational needs, giving them a new focus.

Deanos Beano

11th Apr 1992 - Far North – Sans Dot

Ran 57 times, with a very successful career spanning eleven years, Deano’s Beeno had an excellent hurdles record of 11 wins, one of which was in Ascot’s Grade 1 Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle, beating the outstanding Baracouda on level weights and ending his run of 10 consecutive victories. Six of his hurdle wins were in Grade 2 events.

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Potentate

Potentate - 7th Mar 1991 - Capote – Gay Fantastic

Ran 58 times with 17 wins and 12 places. Probably Po’s remaining claim to fame was that he loved Chepstow and he won the Welsh Champion Hurdle on three consecutive years. Again, owned by The Late Jim Weeden, Po is the reason why Greatwood was mentioned in Jim’s Will. Po has been with us for over five years.

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Success Stories in Re-homing our Former Racehorses

He's Mine Too (Henry)
He’s Mine Too (Henry)

Henry was rehomed to a wonderful carer in August 2015. Over the past 2 years they have been on an interesting and fruitful journey. Henry was scared of lots of things- mud! But they have had lots of time together exploring the Cotswold countryside.

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Zero

Zero is a 14yr old Irish TB gelding who was rehomed in August 2015 after being returned to Greatwood from a previous home. Zero’s carer marked out a dressage arena in the field until eventually, Zero could manage a prelim dressage test.

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Jeff

Age 5 years - Rehomed Spring 2017. Zero’s carer then wanted another project wanting a younger horse to hunt, so she contacted Greatwood again in early spring 2017.

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Horses Welfare

For any Welfare emergencies please call 07810 095 881

Tricky Boy

Arrived 20 December 2011

Tricky Boy was brought from a dealer and upon delivery the lady was shocked at his poor condition. Unsure as to how to nurse him successfully back to health she called us. Helen went straight over to see him in order to offer some advice but decided with the blessing of the lady the right thing to do was to bring him back to Greatwood.

That afternoon Tricky Boy saw the vet and was diagnosed with a heavy worm burden and riddled with lice. With lots of TLC and again with help from the Shetlands he has made a full recovery.

Lucayos

Arrived in April 2010

We received a call from the R.S.P.C.A asking if we could take Lucayos in. His companion had already collapsed in the field and had to be put to sleep. Luca was malnourished and infested with lice resulting in him losing his coat. With some help from our ‘Nursemaids’ in the shape of the Shetlands we managed to nurse him back to full health.

Whisky

Arrived 27 February 2009

Whiskey was a victim of a breeder going bankrupt. He was just a 2 year old Colt. Tiny in size and barely strong enough to walk onto the lorry unaided. We didn’t think he would make it. After daily visits from the vets and lots of TLC Whiskey has made a full recovery and grown into a big strong horse.

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