Could you offer an experienced home to train and support a young horse? Look no further than the Mare and Foal Sanctuary’s foster horses
The Mare and Foal Sanctuary is seeking equine owners in the South West who could foster one of five young horses to socialise and train them for future work within the charity’s education programme. The charity’s equine assisted learning, therapeutic riding and outdoor learning programmes bring horses and humans together for both of their benefits.
Dawn Neil, the sanctuary’s Head of Education, runs these educational programmes. She says: “Diangelo, Icon, Ilyssa, Kenn and Mason have already proven they enjoy contact with people, and we look forward to welcoming them into the education team when they’re ready. All our rescued horses and ponies have experienced some form of trauma in their lives, just as our human participants will have. The awareness and empathy resulting from this understanding can often have a profound impact on participants.”
The equines were all rescued or born at the sanctuary and chosen as having great potential for the charity’s education programmes. The Mare and Foal Sanctuary hopes that by fostering these young horses, they’ll be able to mature in a home setting with an experienced owner who can prepare them effectively for their new roles.
Syra Bowden, the sanctuary’s Director of Equine, says: “These are special horses and we’re looking for special people to care for them for a fixed term. We’d like help with their socialisation and in-hand training until they’re mature enough to return to the sanctuary to begin ridden work and further assessment for their suitability for our education programmes. While we can offer this in sanctuary, we believe a home setting is more advantageous for them at this crucial stage in their growth and development.
“We’ll work closely with the carers to keep up-to-date records of their training, achievements, milestones, setbacks and all aspects of their care. It’ll be a real team effort working alongside the staff here at The Mare and Foal Sanctuary for the duration of their stay. The special people who provide a foster home and continue the initial training of these horses will be able to stay in touch with their progress when the horses return to their important work in the education team.”
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