Many Tears Animal Rescue: Youngsters' fun learning about horses
TODAY was our young people's equine workshop, and what a wonderful day it was!
I had seven fabulous young people arrive, full of energy and enthusiasm at the yard, and after a tour our morning was filled with lessons about where horses live, what they need and feed types.
Learning about the horses' lifestyle involved walking around the yard, stables and field and discussing what we could see.
These youngsters, aged from eight to 12, made this huge fun. They were full of ideas and talked with great energy, even though they had very little experience.
The feeding section was next and is always full of giggles. Samples of horse feed were passed around and everyone got their noses in. Hearing the children's description of the sights and scents was fantastic.
At lunch time, the chatters and laughter could be heard from the kennels and it was hard not to be drawn into their world of fun and excitement.
Lunch was brought to a close with scrummy home made cup cakes from Isabelle and Lois (with a little help from mum) and in the afternoon we tackled horse equipment.
The girls practiced bandaging and fitting boots, but to their amusement they were doing so on each other!
The children's best part of the day was spending time with the horses. They groomed and plaited, painted hooves and quarter marked diamonds on their hind quarters.
Some of the girls arrived at the yard in the morning lacking in confidence and were nervous about being around the horses.
By the afternoon they were grooming and picking up feet as though they had done it a hundred times before!
When mums and dads finally arrived, the children were exhausted, but still buzzing from the day and I was ready to drop!
While the youngsters make their way home, I still had an enormous list of jobs and some serious tidying to do, but the satisfaction of such a wonderful day will keep me going.
A big thank you to all the fabulous children who visited the yard, and as a result we have raised £60, many laughs have been had and a lot of learning has been done.
If anyone is interested in attending a workshop or would like information about the centre e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01269 843084.