Chance to share a pony at Welwyn Garden City stables
IT’S many a youngster’s dream to own their own pony. And, for most, it remains just that – with the pastime being financially off-limits for their parents.
But a stable in WGC is giving children without the necessary wealth the chance to realise their dreams by owning a share of a horse or pony.
The Pony Share Scheme (PSS) is based at Homerswood Farm, in Crossway, and offers young people the opportunity to experience ownership in an environment where everyone is part of the dream.
Its ethos is simple – “Everyone is Equal. Everyone is Welcome. Everyone Belongs.”
Sharers, who come from all over the county, have a three-hour play-and-ride session each week.
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The emphasis is on the fun part of sharing their pony, but also the responsibility that goes with that.
The sharers muck out, groom and feed the animals, taking part in every aspect of owning their own horse.
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Gill Macdonald, whose 12-year-old daughter Jenny shares a horse, said: “When Jenny first came to PSS she was a little nervous.
“She loves horses, but had had a few experiences where she had lost her confidence.
“When she started to share Ollie, a strawberry roan pony, she built up a lovely relationship with him and enjoys going to the stables every week, to ride Ollie, play with him on the ground, muck out his stable and spend time grooming him.
Gill added: “The relationship the sharers have with their horses is truly amazing to see.”
An open day is taking place at the stables on Sunday, from noon to 5pm.
Go along, or find out more by calling 01707 830024 or 01707 263833.