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If you’re unable to horse ride, due to injury or even lack of funds (as we all know how expensive it can be!), have you ever though about visiting a horse rescue centre with your children instead? Some charities, such as World Horse Welfare, will even allow you to adopt a horse too.
Many kids ride horses on a weekly basis, but are not aware of the massive commitment it takes to own a horse. The lack of this commitment is often a reason that these beautiful animals end up in horse rescue centres. Set them off on the right road, and let them see behind the scenes of one of the World Horse Welfare’s UK centres.
Where can I find a horse rescue centre?
Located in Blackpool, and also with centres in Aberdeenshire, Norfolk and Somerset, World Horse Welfare’s four UK Rescue and Rehoming Centres have run for over 85 years with a vision of ‘a world where every horse is treated with respect, compassion and understanding’.
World Horse Welfare is an international horse charity that improves the lives of horses in the UK and around the world through education, campaigning and hands-on care. They often rehome horses and, as mentioned earlier, even have an adopt a horse scheme – a great gift for a horse mad youngster.
What have we found when we’ve visited the horse rescue centre in Blackpool, Penny Farm?
Whenever we’ve visited, volunteers have always been on-hand with a wealth of knowledge. They are happy to show you around and introduce you to the beautiful horses. Around 100 horses can be homed at any one time at Norfolk and 65 in each of the other centres, so plenty too look at.
Little man loves going for a walk on Dale’s Trail (which is a fun activity trail) when the sun is shining at the Blackpool’s Penny Farm. However, don’t worry about bad weather if you visit, as the stables are indoors, as is the coffee shop. In addition to serving homemade cakes, the cafe also servse snacks and hot and cold drinks. Yummy!
Are the horse rescue centres suitable for children?
They are perfect for horse-mad children, in the absence of horse riding. The horse rescue centres are open all year (check each local page for opening days and times, below) and they also have a packed programme of events during school holidays. For example, every September our local centre, Penny Farm, hosts a Grand Open Day, with fairground rides, birds of prey demonstrations, a parade of World Horse Welfare horses and ponies, games and competitions.
Entry is generally free, but if you want a great excuse to give something back, why not think about hosting your child’s birthday party at the centres? Penny Farm’s parties, start with a guided tour to meet the horses and ponies before a lovely lunch and a chance to groom a pony. They even come with downloadable invites.
As mentioned previously, Penny Farm is based in Blackpool, Lancashire. The links to the three other horse rescue centres around the country are – Belwade Farm, in Aberdeenshire, Glenda Spooner Farm, in Somerset and Hall Farm, in Norfolk.
Remember, horses are not all about ‘horse riding’, let the children see the other side and maybe even adopt a horse as a unique birthday or christmas present. Hopefully there’s a centre near you, but if not, look out next time you’re in the areas mentioned!
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