The penultimate day of Trip Week saw visits to The Horse of the Year Show and to the World Horse Welfare Centre at Penny Farm in Lancashire.

The World Horse Welfare is a charity committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of horses throughout the UK and internationally.

Penny Farm near Blackpool is one of four World Horse Welfare Rescue and Rehoming Centres in the UK where horses in need can receive urgent, specialist care and undergo rehabilitation.

Horses arriving at these centres have usually been rescued by a dedicated team of Field Officers who investigate around 2000 cases of horses in distress each year. Once their rehabilitation is complete, it is hoped that every horse can find a suitable new home through the World Horse Welfare’s rehoming scheme.

  “As Reaseheath students, it’s great that we are offered the chance to visit different workplaces as this allows us to understand the many sectors of the horse industry.”

Georgina RichardsLevel 3 Diploma in Horse Management

Students were guided around the centre by a World Horse Welfare volunteer and introduced to the many equine residents. A discussion of several case studies followed with slide shows and video footage being used to explain the often gritty reality of dealing with horses who have been subjected to neglect or abuse.

The career possibilities for those wishing to work within the welfare or charitable sector were outlined to students and the value placed on good communication skills was reinforced.

For Level 3 Horse Management student Georgina Richards, the experience of visiting Penny Farm has made a large impact.

Georgina explained:  “Visiting Penny Farm and hearing about the work that the World Horse Welfare undertakes has made me think about my own career choices. As Reaseheath students, it’s great that we are offered the chance to visit different workplaces as this allows us to understand the many sectors of the horse industry.”