Rescue charity, HorseWorld held their last Open Day of the year recently and supporters were treated to a demonstration by the world-famous Horse Whisperer, Monty Roberts and his UK protégé, Kelly Marks.
Image courtesy of Jiri Kolar, Kalidron Photography
“We were honoured to be able to welcome our Patrons, Monty and Kelly.” Said HorseWorld’s Managing Director, Mark Owen. “Our trainers use a lot of their techniques to train our rescued horses and have found their remarkable understanding horse psychology and behaviour incredibly inspirational. The effective and gentle training methods taught by Monty and Kelly are extremely useful in finding workable solutions to benefit both the horses and humans who are working with them.”
Visitors also had the chance to name a young foal who had been born to one of the rescued mares less than a week before. Honey and Megan are two rescued Shetland ponies who were pregnant on arrival. Honey’s foal was born first and named Bumble. Megan’s foal was born a week later and visitors had the chance to suggest a name for her at the Open Day. The name chosen from the suggestions was Perdy after the Dalmatian in the Disney film, 101 Dalmatians
Perdy, the foal born less than a week before Open Day and named by visitors.
Avon and Somerset Police attended with Police Horse Jubilee for visitors to meet. HorseWorld have given homes to three retired police horses from the Avon and Somerset Mounted Division in the past.
“It was great to see Jubilee and for visitors to be able to get up close to a working police horse and ask questions.” Said HorseWorld’s Fundraising Manager, Stephen Poole. “What a fitting horse to bring in the year of HorseWorld’s Sapphire Jubilee too! The charity was originally set up to take in retired working horses but 65 years later, it is mostly abandoned, mistreated or neglected horses that we rescue as there aren’t many working horses left. To have a visit from such a magnificent police horse really was a privilege.”
Photo courtesy of Jiri Kolar, Kalidron Photography
Visitors also had the chance to ride a tractor safari around the 180 acre farm and meet the horses out in the fields and take a walking tour out to the isolation unit where horses go when they arrive at HorseWorld and see the specialist veterinary equipment there.
Corporate supporters, Drive Vauxhall ran a raffle and gave all the proceeds to HorseWorld and many people baked cakes and donated raffle and tombola prizes.
Although the Open Day was free entry, supporters gave generously when they saw the charity’s rescue work for themselves and the day raised over £3,700.
HorseWorld typically hold four Open Days a year in April, June, August and October. The dates for the 2018 Open Days are to be confirmed and will appear on the HorseWorld website soon www.horseworld.org.uk/events
Article Source: Horseworld News
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