Wondering what to do on a Monday in the half term holidays, I contacted my friend Pam to go along and visit her and her charity (and lifelong passion) New Beginnings Horses. Pam and her husband have been running this for 13 years and it is for the love of the horses that they are able to help. The horses come from all backgrounds in the racing world. Some have retired, some are much younger and weren't fast enough, some have an injury and may be able to race again after respite and care, this list is endless and no horse is turned away. Many of the horses are retrained to be family home horses and can go out on loan to someone who will give them love and care.
Henry and I absolutely loved the whole day. from the 8 cats and 4 dogs, 2 ponies and 36 horses - they were all super friendly and gorgeous. The charity has embassador horses, who also give back to community. They go out to events and my favourite of these are to go to a hospice to see the patients. Remi is a retired race horse who, in his day, won a lot of money. He has been trained to do these visits along with Poppy the pony. I saw this first hand at St Leonards Hospice. They are such gentle souls. Going around saying hi to all of them I found myself so happy and smiled all the way round. There is something about a horse that just makes you feel calm.
Would you like to become a friend of New Beginnings Horses? DO IT! nbhorses.org.uk