Young people on the Boom project in Bury spent an afternoon of their half term holiday volunteering at Pastures New in Rochdale. Pastures New is a charity operated by Jacqui Taylor that provides a safe and secure future for retired racehorses.
Jacqui Taylor said, "It was great to meet the young people through GMYN and involve them in the stories of our rescued horses and ponies. They enjoyed petting, grooming and cuddling the animals. We also gave them a small taster of 'equine assisted learning' to show how we use the horses and ponies to help improve self esteem, confidence, motivation and resilience in young people through a series of specially developed exercises. The time passed too quickly but they learned some basic horse handling and grooming - next time they've promised to help muck out!"
Emma, our Boom Project Co-ordinator from GMYN said, "The young people really enjoyed meeting the horses and felt a sense of achievement from learning how to handle and walk a horse properly."
Later in the week, the young people went on a trip to Rock Over Climb in Manchester and challenged themselves to scale the heights of the indoor walls!