The Fresh Start Scheme has been developed to support, advise and educate responsible owners who wish to resolve or avoid problems with the behaviour, soundness or performance of their horse.
Every year, hundreds of horses and ponies move from home to home, often sold for ever decreasing prices and ending up in a downward spiral, ultimately passing from pillar to post amongst low end dealers and auction rings. These are the horses at risk of becoming a welfare concern. Because we know many of these issues can be resolved, we’re passionate about helping to break that cycle, and help owners help their horses.
The description of these horses covers a wide range of behaviour, including:
Spooky Bargy Bolshy
Under-performing Unpredictable Mounting issues
Napping Bucking Rearing
Lazy Tense Fizzy
Strong Excitable Quirky
Refusing Rushing Careless
With knowledgeable, experienced consultants to devise individual action plans, offer ongoing support and discuss options, the Fresh Start Scheme also has access to highly regarded professionals who can be brought in to target specific areas.
Who is The Fresh Start Scheme available to?
Owners who are experiencing problems with their horse, meaning they are unable to enjoy them, or are questioning if he/she is the right horse for them.
Owners who need to sell a “difficult” horse who are concerned there is a risk or him/her being passed from pillar to post.
Owners who have taken on a “project” horse or pony (intentionally or by chance) and would like to give him/her the best chance of success.
Owners noting small changes in behaviour, who want to resolve issues before a problem escalates.
Owners looking for comprehensive advice to ensure their horse or pony is able to fulfill its required role happily and comfortably.
What is the cost of the Fresh Start Scheme?
Every application begins with a free response to your Fresh Start Application Form via email and/or a 15 minute telephone appointment. Once we have a brief history of your horse, your reasons for looking in to the Fresh Start Scheme, and an understanding of your preferred outcome, we will discuss any initial thoughts and schedule an initial consultation if you wish.
An initial consultation is charged at £35 plus travel.
Thereafter the cost of every client will vary, dependent on the support or professionals required. An outline of potential future costs will be discussed and factored in to your action plan. This could be a follow up appointment with your consultant to review progress and help you move on to the next stage, or might include the use of a designated professional to address a specific issue with your horse.
You are under absolutely no obligation to make any follow up appointments with Fresh Start Consultants or any recommended professionals .
What is involved in the initial consultation?
Please allow 60 to 90 minutes for your initial consultation. During this time we will take a more in depth history of your horse, and discuss any areas you feel need addressing.
We will look at your preferred outcome, and any limitations concerning you (These might include financial, time, facilities, confidence, or anything else you feel needs to be taken in to account).
This will be followed by a comprehensive assessment of your horses and situation, and finally the development of an individual action plan to help you and your horse reach the most desirable outcome.
How do I arrange a free consultation?
At the top of this page you can find the link to The Fresh Start Scheme Application Form. Please complete and return this, and we will be in touch within 48 hours.