Why Sponsor a Pony @(headerTag)>
The ponies at the centre have all been donated to Think Like a Pony because they had training and health issues
We take our time - sometimes even years, to help our ponies to rebuild respect and trust of people and overcome their fears. We have helped 12 ponies who did not have a purpose to become confident, safe, obedient and healthy children’s ponies.
The Think Like a Pony ponies are not just riding school ponies, they are therapy ponies!
All the ponies are highly trained so that they are calm and confident enough to work with even the most vulnerable children. Through our Youth Development Programme, they help young people who are in foster care, have suffered trauma, are at risk of being removed from their families or are at risk of failing within education.
These ponies are a life-line to these vulnerable children who are in need of positive experiences that help them to become calmer, more confident and more able to build positive relationships.
Keeping a pony physically, mentally and emotionally well is expensive!
Rehabilitating ponies and training them to a high enough level to work in both the riding school and as a therapy pony can take up to two years!
This is an expensive task
The costs include:
- Feed and herbal medicines
- Saddles, bridles and other equipment
- Regular foot trimming
- Regular chiropractor treatments
- Paddock maintenance
- Physical therapy treatments
- Health care products such as anti-bacterial sprays
Our ponies healthcare alone costs £1200 per year PER PONY
This does not include the unquantifiable amount of time our team puts into training and exercising the ponies!
By sponsoring a pony, you will be helping to keep the pony happy and healthy so that they can continue to help young people to thrive.
When you sponsor a pony will receive a sponsor pack, which includes:
- Certificate of sponsorship
- Think Like a Pony wristband and key-ring
- Framed photograph of your chosen pony
- Copy of your pony’s story