Friday 17th August 2018 saw our first trip to The Pony Power Trust. With the funding Middlewich Additional Needs Network provided it meant that it cost just £5.00 for a two-hour session (carers went free). Although a couple of the members got a little lost finding the Pony trust which is located in the Delamere forest, all made it in time for the session.
The views around the paddock were fabulous and very calming in themselves. The ponies completed the sense of well being that you experience when visiting the trust. Tea and coffee was provided for those watching on and it did not take long for all to get involved, so much so some even took to pretending they were ponies themselves, running around the paddock and jumping over the small jumps in the ring. Seeing this sort of thing happen to children with additional needs makes you realise just how much difference MANN makes to some of their lives.
Suffice to say this will not be our last visit here!
“ Myself and Jessica loved this trip. Jessica was in her element stroking the horses, with help walking the horses and grooming them. She also loved running around the course and jumping the smaller jumps. I found a lot of solace for myself in just standing and grooming and talking to the horse. I would very much recommend this to others.”
Pony Power was created in 2015, initially to make charitable visits to anyone too poorly to leave their home or hospital. The therapeutic value of the visits is unmissable and has caught the attention of numerous mental health and recovery agencies across the Northwest. The founder, Carly, has a background in foster care and respite for high-risk children (CSE). Trained to level 3 BACP (counselling) and currently doing a diploma in Integrative therapy (Level 4), is also a riding instructor and holds enhanced DBS. She has combined her skill set with her 20 years of equine training and rescue to offer equine therapeutic work at its very best. It is this reputation that caught our eyes and we think this could be the start of great things to come! If you would like more information about the Pony Power Trust you can check out their website.