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Ingatestone, Essex - Remus Horse Sanctuary’s much-loved Pony Days for children will be returning in 2019, with the first one taking place during the Easter holidays on Wednesday 10 April.  However, a unique Adults-only day has been introduced for 2019 which will be taking place on Sunday 26 May.

 The Sanctuary provides a safe environment for these animals that have been victims of physical and mental abuse, whether because of ignorance or malicious intent.The gentle familiarisation offered during the Adult’s day will be perfect for those who have always felt slightly nervous and apprehensive around horses and would like someone to help them overcome their fears. Alternatively, it is perfect for those who have dreamed of owning their horse or pony but feel they need guidance in the care and responsibility that comes with caring for these wonderful animals.

Children’s dates in previous years have fallen strictly within school holiday periods but, due to demand, further dates have been released for 2019 including many Sundays. Further children’s dates for the year include Sunday 12 May, Wednesday 29 May, Sunday 9 June, Sunday 14 July, Wednesday 31 July, Wednesday 7 August, Sunday 11 August, Wednesday 21 August, Sunday 15 September and Wednesday 30 October.

Priced at just £45 per person (adults and children rated the same) and taking place only on selected dates, the Children’s Pony Days are suitable for boys and girls aged ten years and over and will take place from 11 am until approximately 4 pm.

Remus Pony Days are a fun and educational day for a child - they will learn how to care for a pony and the responsibilities that come with it.

Each day, attendees will be ‘loaned’ a pony or horse, and taught to make up its feed, how to groom and turn it out into the field, shown how to clean out the animal’s stable and make a nice new bed for him or her to come back into later.  There’ll also be lots of tips, information and fun throughout the day. Full supervision provided throughout the day.

Places are limited to just six people per date and bookings can be made online via the website at www.remussanctuary.org or by contacting the Sanctuary on tel: 01277 356191. Those visiting the Sanctuary for the Pony Days will need to bring a packed lunch and refreshments for the day.

Events and fundraising play a vital part in raising much-needed funds to keep the Sanctuary open and Sue Burton, the Founder, says, “We’re always delighted to welcome children and horse lovers to the Sanctuary for our Pony Days.  The work we do here is vital and our Pony Days are both great fun and a great way of educating children on animal welfare.

“That said, we’re equally aware that many adults can find these magnificent creatures quite daunting and our Adult’s date is a great way to help overcome those fears or hesitancy and learn that they are very gentle and responsive creatures who love human interaction.”

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