THE Horse Trust has launched a new way for people to support the retired or rescued horses, ponies and donkeys that live at its Home of Rest.

With the introduction of a sponsorship scheme, supporters can become a friend of the Trust by sponsoring their favourite Horse Trust resident.

Sponsorship starts from just £2 a month, and each sponsor will receive a personalised pack including a certificate of sponsorship, fact sheet and photograph of their chosen horse.

The Horse Trust relies entirely on donations from the public to fund its work.

At its site in the Chiltern countryside, it cares for over 100 horses, ponies and donkeys.

Many of these animals have retired to the trust after serving our country in the army or police, or working for other charities that use horses to help disabled and disadvantaged children and adults.

Some of the residents have also been rescued after suffering from cruelty or neglect and have found the love and care that they so desperately needed.

It costs an average of £4,500 per year to care for each horse.

Sponsorship starts at bronze level from just £2 per month or £30 per year. Sponsors receive a personalised certificate, fact sheet and photograph of their chosen resident. Silver, gold and platinum sponsors will receive extra benefits which could include an annual pass for The Horse Trust and invitations to exclusive events.

There are 12 horses to choose from, ranging from little rescue foal Teddy right up to giant police horse Big Klyde.

Teddy was rescued in October 2012 after being found starving and alone by the side of a busy road at just eight weeks old. He was emaciated and so seriously ill that he had to be taken to the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) where he spent a week in intensive care.

Without the generosity of the general public, The Horse Trust would not have been able to give Teddy a second chance. Now Teddy is almost a year old and is a very happy, healthy pony with a bright future ahead of him.

Get more details at or call 01494 488464.