The Mare & Foal Sanctuary is back with its hugely popular Happy Hooves Pony Club over Easter – and this time it's including sessions for older children.

The region's largest horse rescue charity runs Happy Hooves in the school holidays and tickets rapidly sell out to pony mad primary school children aged 5 to 10.

So now the Sanctuary is launching its Horse Wise sessions, open to youngsters aged 11 to 16 and chock full of activities at its Coombe Park Visitor Centre near Totnes.

Both are an introduction to practical pony care and activities include making haynets, tack cleaning and grooming some of the charity's fabulous – and cheeky - ponies.

Happy Hooves will be running on Wednesday 10th and 17th of April, between 10am and 12pm, and includes fun arena games, mucking out and pony themed craft activities including decorating horse shoes.
Horse Wise will be running on Thursday 11th and 19th of April, between 10am and 12pm, and the older children will get the chance to work with our ponies - in hand - in our arena.

Sanctuary Head of Education Dawn Neil said: "Last year we had loads of people ask if we could do the same sort of thing for older children so we developed a slightly different range of activities, including lessons on pony care.

"We love holding these holiday events because the children get a real kick out of learning about our ponies and spending time with them.


"The sessions are a wonderful introduction to life in a stable yard. It's also great fun to get some hands-on experience to make your youngsters feel like true equestrians."

The sessions cost £15 and include a certificate and rosette to take home.

For more details – and to book a place - visit the events section of the Sanctuary’s website at www.mareandfoal.org/event/its-back-our-happy-hooves-pony-club-with-a-twist/