Here at Resting Horses we realise the difficulty in making the decision to say farewell to a beloved pony, horse or donkey. With our experience, we are on hand to help you make arrangements and we offer collection and cremation options to suit your needs with services ranging from £235.
From our Essex base, our horse cremation services cover Essex, London, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Kent. Collections are charged at £1 per mile for the round journey.
Which cremation option?
Individual Cremation with ALL Ashes Returned – your horse will be cremated in it’s entirety in our specially designed equine cremator. Your horse will be the only animal in that chamber, which guarantees that the ashes you receive will be all and only those of your horse. Dependent on the size of your horse, the casket of your choosing can be rather large and heavy [up to approx 25kg and 50cm(L) x 35cm(D) x 30cm(H)], please keep this in mind.
Prices currently range from £525 to £850, which includes VAT and either a Willow Basket or Wooden Casket with plaque for the return of ashes. All collections are charged at £1 per mile for the round trip.
Individual Cremation with TOKEN Ashes Returned – your horse will be cremated in it’s entirety in our specially designed equine cremator. Your horse will be the only animal in that chamber, which guarantees that the ashes you receive will be all and only those of your horse. A small amount of your horse’s ashes will be prepared into your chosen urn, and the remaining ashes will be buried in closed grounds on site at Wood Farm.
Prices currently range from £425 to £675, which includes VAT and either a Willow Basket or Wooden Casket with plaque for the return of the token ashes; however, you may choose a different style of urn from our website at additional cost. All collections are charged at £1 per mile for the round trip.
Communal Cremation with NO Ashes Returned – your horse will be cremated in it’s entirety in our specially designed equine cremator. Unlike our individual cremation service, your horse may not be the only animal in that chamber; therefore no ashes can be returned to you. Your horse will still receive a caring and dignified farewell by our dedicated team; a communal cremation simply allows us to cremate other ‘communal’ horses or pets in the chamber without fully removing the ashes during that service.
Prices currently range from £235 to £345, which includes VAT. All collections are charged at £1 per mile for the round trip.
Can you collect both of my horses?
Yes we can, if safe to do so.
We are often asked to collect companions together, depending on size/weight. This could be from the same owner, or simply from the same yard – but only when requested by the owner(s).
Companion Cremations can either be ‘individual’ or ‘communal’.
An Individual Companion Cremation would give you both horse’s ashes back, they would be mixed, and you can choose to have all or token ashes returned in one or more presentation box.
A Communal Companion Cremation would mean both horses may be cremated alongside other ‘communal’ horses or pets. No ashes can be returned from this service.
How do you collect my horse?
Our experienced staff will arrive in a 4×4 vehicle with a specially designed trailer. The trailer is equipped with a battery powered winch, which is carefully attached around either front or hind legs. The horse is then gently winched into the trailer.
We do have a purpose made slip mat that allows us to roll your horse onto it in order to be loaded; this can be requested for collections if practical to be used. A member of our team will be happy to help advise you.
Although we do our very best to ensure all collections are as dignified and gentle as physically possible, owners will understandably find this time upsetting and may choose not to be present. If you do not wish to be present at the time of collection, please inform us and we can ask the necessary questions in order to collect your horse without persons on site. If you do wish to be there when we collect, please stand back and listen to any instructions – safety is paramount.
If access is difficult, awkward, or weather conditions dictate, we may insist on sending two persons – this will incur an additional charge [starting from £50] and extra out of hour fees if applicable.
What times can you collect?
With the help of our dedicated team we are able to offer ‘Out of Hours’ equine collections, when safe to do so.
Our team is available during the hours of 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Any collections outside of these hours, or collections that involve our team members being off site before or after this time, will incur an ‘Out of Hours’ charge.
The charges currently range from £100 to £250 depending on day/time and distance.
Any collection requests that are deemed unsafe may have to wait for daylight hours, such as unlit fields, stables, difficult to access areas, and certain weather, ground or road conditions. Collections that require two persons may have to wait slightly longer due to staff availability and rotas.
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Contacting a reputable company such as Resting Horses ensures that the people assisting will follow a sensitive approach to dealing with your loss and your animal’s final needs. There are upsetting stories that surround how horses are disposed of, but it doesn’t have to be distressing. If your horse is collected by Resting Horses who always act with care and understanding, you will be assured that you are performing a fitting farewell and service to your much-loved friend.
We appreciate that saying goodbye to your equine friend may not be planned, and therefore operate a service that can accommodate out of hours and emergency collections. Based in Essex, we also cover London, Hertfordshire, Cambridge, Bedfordshire, Kent & Suffolk. We are close to the M25, M11 & A12 so we have prompt access to major routes.
The Resting Horses team will explain the full procedure, the options available to you and the full costs involved. We can honestly reassure you that your horse will be cremated in it’s entirety, and that no animals from our premises ever go to the meat trade or for ‘disposal/rendering’. Resting Horses specialise in cremations only.
Our comprehensive service includes many options for you to choose from, including:
Personal contact with your veterinary surgery
Professional preparation of ashes for collection or delivery
Euthanasia can take place in our private meadows or on collection site
‘Out of Hours’ collection service (provided it is safe to do so)
Choice of Willow Basket or Wooden Casket included
Collection Vehicle Our collection vehicle has been designed to the exact specifications of the Resting Horses staff. Our staff have many years of experience in collecting animals and have therefore developed their vehicle to cater exactly for your needs and any eventualities.
The Vehicle inventory includes:
Veterinary Post-mortem facilities
Wide load access at the rear
Recovery mat (on request if practical)
Remote control wireless winch
Secondary handheld winch
At Resting Horses we always work to the highest standards, and hold all the relevant licenses and permits from DEFRA, Environmental Agency and the Local Authority.
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I contacted resting pets today to arrange Honey to be cremated. The lady I spoke to was very very caring! As you can imagine we are both absolutely heartbroken Honey was killed by a car on Saturday night at 11.30pm near where we live! Thank you resting pets for taking care of Honey! ❤️😭🌈... See MoreSee Less
I would just like to thank you for helping me through the process after our beloved Bella was put to sleep last week. when I telephoned I found that you were so caring and helping me make decisions when you are at your lowest. I today picked up Bella from the vets and she is now home where she belongs. Also so lovely having a print of Bella’s paw was such a lovely touch and I will be contacting you in time to make some jewellery and finally the forget me not seeds and poem very touching. Thank you so much as what has been a difficult week for the family. June Calafato... See MoreSee Less
Thankyou for your care and compassion. You made a devestating time for us a little easier knowing Snoozie was being taken care of with the respect she deserved. She is back home now where she belongs. Thankyou resting pets x... See MoreSee Less
I can not thank all of you beautiful souls enough at resting pets. They were so lovely, caring, compassionate and respectful from phone call to pick up. I think it’s an absolutely lovely touch to provide a chapel of rest and a book of memorials for you to take all the time you need to say goodbye. They were so kind to us and the state I, like many others, was in, when we came to them. They even hurried the process up for me so I didn’t have to be apart from my baby for longer than a day. They also respected my wishes with mumble and though were worried about the difficulty, they managed to produce the most perfect prints for me which they understood I was so desperate for at the time. I wouldn’t of cared if they didn’t turn out good as I expressed I just wanted to know I had a part of him. But it was beyond mine and their expectations. They also returned my nest which they lovingly cleaned up for me which was a real comfort to know that was something I didn’t have to face. The poem is a beautiful touch. Thank you so so much. You guys are earth angels and I’m so grateful for your services, and the beautiful place you’ve so lovingly created ❤️ Xoxo... See MoreSee Less
In Less That 4 Hours My Beautiful Girl Was Cremated & Given Back To Me. They Gave Me All The Time I Needed To Say My Goodbyes In Private. I Can’t Thankyou Enough For Taking Care Of My Precious Jez ❤️🐾... See MoreSee Less
Thank You so so much to Resting Pets and all the staff who made it possible to have our baby girl Maddy back with us for Christmas. They went way and above their duty to get her back to us in time and that speaks volumes about a company that it's not just a job to them.
The heart urn we chose is just beautiful and the Paw print is just very special indeed. The way Maddy"s urn was sent and packaged and the poem to the certificate. Just beautiful. I said to my husband this must be a company that has been set up through experience from their own grief you can tell as they know this kind of service is required in your time of need.
From the compassionate telephone call to service and back home - Thank You from the bottom of my heart, thank you for making things easier to bear.