Totnes ponies charity open day organised to encourage horse adoption
A HORSE charity is throwing its doors open so prospective carers can have a look at its ponies in need of a new home.
The Mare and Foal Sanctuary is organising a rehoming day to give members of the public to get up close and personal with the charity's 23 horses and ponies.
The event will coincide with the Totnes charity's new Prime Pastures bi-annual rehoming scheme.
The 'Prime Pastures' initiative has been introduced in order to find loving homes for horses and ponies with long-term illnesses which can be controlled by medication.
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The scheme will see the Sanctuary providing financial aid of up to 50 per cent for certain veterinary costs. It is hoped that the scheme will see some of the Sanctuary's most deserving horses and ponies finding their forever homes.
Sally Burton, equine manager, said: "These horses and ponies are some of our most charming and affectionate and are looking for five-star, loving homes for the rest of their lives. It would make a huge difference for them to be given the opportunity to build that special one-on-one relationship with a loving carer."
A further scheme has been introduced in order for the Sanctuary's young horses and ponies to be given the best possible start in life.
The 'Playschool' initiative will allow experienced and knowledgeable horse owners to take home a young equine and provide training until the horse or pony is ready to return to the Sanctuary in order to be backed.
The Sanctuary will also provide financial aid for certain veterinary costs as part of the initiative.
Mrs Burton added: "This is a highly rewarding experience whereby carers will have the opportunity to train their young horse or pony in basic groundwork and handling. This is, of course, a scheme that is only open to those who have knowledge and experience in horse care and handling. It's a challenge, but the relationship you can develop with a young horse is amazing. When you see the end results, you realise that the hard work is most definitely worthwhile."
The Mare and Foal Sanctuary Rehoming Day will take place at the Coombe Park Equestrian Centre at Little Hempston, near Totnes on Saturday March 23 between 11am and 2pm.
For more information about rehoming or the Rehoming Day event, call 01626 355969 or email email@example.com.