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Horses in our Care

Please see below horses available for adoption. These horses have been rescued by volunteer Foster Carers and are still in need of a permanent new home.

Please note that descriptions of breed, age and size are given in good faith and are based on assessment of the animals features. The age and breed of a horse may be determined by tracing its brands, however, this is beyond the scope of the organisation.

Horses are rescued from pounds, sales yards or knackeries in Sydney, Australia. Many are victims of the drought, neglect or simply no longer wanted by their owners.

Foster carers in the Sydney area are needed so that more horses can be rescued.

Foster Carers in Sydney Needed!

DCH Horses urgently needs foster carers located in Greater Sydney.

Fostering involves taking the horse/s to your home and caring for it as if it was your own, until a permanent home can be found.

Basic must haves for carers:

  • experience with a variety of horses
  • own at least one other horse
  • time & finances to support an extra horse
  • have the space available for 6 months to over a year
  • not be moving properties in the near future

Please phone 1300-88-93-40 for full details. Alternatively use our contact form.

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Clover

Clover

Arab - mare - 25 years and 5 months

Arab Mare 13.1hh, 21yrs

Clover is a sweet older girl who has served her past owners well and is in need of a good retirement home. She's quiet and is able to be brushed, have the farrier out, be lead and handled easily.

Not a lot is known about her past, however she's had a good education at some point as she lunges beautifully, and we've been told she was a clever all-rounder / western pony who excelled at sporting in her younger years.

She had been badly neglected before coming to us, so we have not test ridden her as we've been focusing on getting her back to good health and a better weight.

If you're interested in giving Clover a good home where she can be assured of a secure & happy future, please contact us for more information about her.

* First two photos taken in mid January 2016;
* Last photo taken in mid September 2015.

Clover has been in foster care since 17 June 2016, for 4.4 years

Tiny

Tiny

Mixed breed - mare - 14 years and 7 months

Tiny is a red roan, approx 13.3 hh.
She has been through a lot: starvation, abuse and neglect. Happily, she has blossomed in DCH's care, and will continue to gain trust in people in the right home.

Tiny has loads of personality! She is very smart and will learn quickly from a patient, kind and understanding handler. She can be a bit feisty in the paddock and is dominant with other horses and around food.

Tiny is very inquisitive, and is now good to catch, groom and worm. Hoof trimming is still a bit difficult. Tiny suffers from QLD itch and would benefit from living in an itch free area (not coastal).
 

Tiny has been in care for over a year. She requires an experienced home to further her education.

 

 

 

Tiny has been in foster care since 07 October 2018, for 2.1 years

Buck

Buck

Stockhorse X - gelding - 25 years and 3 months

Buck is a Stockhorse X, gelding who is approximately 25 years of age. He is a lovely buckskin colouring, which has a dappled pattern when his summer coat comes through. Buck was surrendered to DCH after his owner no longer had time to keep up his work and care. Before coming into care, Buck hadn't been ridden or worked for a number of years, however when he was in work, he was competing at a high level in showjumping, and had been used as a pony club horse for an experienced rider.
Since coming into care, Buck has been back in light work and has been saddled and ridden without fault. Buck would suit an intermediate-advanced rider, someone who is experienced in bringing horses back into work safely. Under saddle Buck has been very quiet and well-behaved, however there hasn't been much opportunity to explore this further. Buck is walked out and lunged almost daily. Whilst mostly well-behaved on the lunge, he has a tendency to get bored and can pigroot quite impressively. However, none of this behaviour has been shown under saddle.
Buck has good ground manners, he is not a flighty horse. He has had experience with children around him and is very gentle and aware of them. Buck had a large mouth ulcer due to being overdue for the dentist. This has resulted in Buck being mouth shy, so worming is difficult and it is likely he will continue to require sedation for the dentist. Despite this, Buck is perfect to place a bridle on and gladly opens his mouth.
Buck has a goitre just behind his jaw bone, this has been confirmed by a vet that it is non-functional and does not need to be treated/removed. He has soft feet, so would need somewhere where he can get out of the rain and wet ground.
Buck would be suited to an experienced home. Whilst he is older, he is still an incredible horse. Only serious enquiries will be taken forward.

Buck has been in foster care since 26 April 2020, for 7 months