Table 1

Reasons provided by owners for horses being available for rehoming from an equine rehoming charity’s database (data from 791* horses available for rehoming between 1 January 2013 and 1 January 2014)

Reasons (n=770)NumberPercentage† (95% CI)
Lack of time30139.1 (35.6 to 42.6)
Lack of money19024.7 (21.7 to 27.9)
Personal health issues10814.0 (11.6 to 16.7)
Change in family circumstances19525.3 (22.3 to 28.6)
Horse behaviour465.9 (4.4 to 7.9)
Other reasons‡30840.0 (36.5 to 43.6)
 Giving up, retiring, relocating, no rider7022.7 (18.2 to 27.8)
 No grazing, livery or agistment available3411.1 (7.8 to 15.1)
 Owner unsuitable3511.4 (8.0 to 15.4)
 Horse unsuitable4815.6 (11.7 to 20.1)
 Horse health3912.7 (9.1 to 16.9)
 Horse size4614.9 (11.1 to 19.4)
 Horse numbers175.5 (3.2 to 8.7)
 Other (miscellaneous)4314.0 (10.3 to 18.3)
  • *21 owners did not provide a reason for the horse being available for rehoming.

  • †Multiple answers were allowed for the reasons for rehoming; therefore, totals do not add up to 100%.

  • ‡2 owners did not respond to what the other reasons for rehoming the horse were.