Volunteers needed for pony power walking at Norfolk equine charity

Janice the Shetland Pony gets ready for power walking
Janice the Shetland Pony gets ready for power walking

Pony power walking is one of the activities an equine rescue charity is appealing for volunteers to help with.

Britain’s largest rescue and rehoming charity, World Horse Welfare, is highlighting the fitness benefits of volunteering at its Snetterton farm under a new recruitment drive.

The charity is on the hunt for people to give a helping hoof to offer their free time on the farm and potentially burn off some calories

The farm’s extensive grounds require a lot of maintenance to ensure they remain safe and tidy for staff, horses and visitors, whilst resident Shetland pony Janice is looking for volunteer power walking partners to keep her trim.

Vets recommend at least half an hour of brisk walking every day, and as she is too small to be ridden, Janice is reliant on workout partners to take her out on the farm’s tracks in order to maintain tip-top condition.

Centre Manager, Sue Hodgkins said: “We are reliant on our wonderful volunteers to support our staff in a range of activities, and so devote more of our resources to helping horses in the UK and internationally.

“We are sure there will be plenty of applicants to assist in the Shetland ponies’ workout programmes but we are also really in need of people to assist with maintenance around our farms, setting up for our events, manning trade stands and helping at our Horse & Country Fayre which takes place in July. There are also volunteer opportunities at the charity’s head office in Snetterton, Norfolk.

“Volunteering with us is a fantastic way to get out in the fresh air, burn off some calories and most importantly support us in helping improve the lives of as many horses and ponies as we can.”

Attleborough-based fitness instructor, Carrie Harvey, said: “There are many physical and psychological benefits associated with regular participation in physical activity, for example a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, weight management and improved quality of life (by enhancing psychological well-being and improving physical function).

“Power walking is a great form of physical activity so getting out in the fresh air and power walking with ponies would be a fantastic way to improve your fitness, whilst helping out a local charity!”

If you are interested in volunteering at World Horse Welfare or can offer your time in any other way then please contact gillianlarter@worldhorsewelfare.org in the first instance.