Pony petting and rescue centre plan for Rasen

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A horse lover who ran an animal rescue and petting centre in Wiltshire plans a similar venture in the Rasen area.

Barbara Mills has just relocated to Market Rasen with her son Liam, 19, and seeks a suitable property for her centre.

The 45-year-old has worked with horses and ponies for more than 25 years and describes them as “a passion, as well as a hobby and lifestyle.”

Barbara previously ran the Pet’N’Pat Animal centre near Devizes, which saw rescued animals offer education and therapy to children, but she decided to move up here as Wiltshire had too many similar farms, and Lincolnshire is a centre for the miniature pony events she enjoys.

“I have a project which rescues and rehabilitates and rehomes animals especially horse and ponies and farm animals. We use the animals for education and therapy for people, including people with health and behavioural issues. We visit schools and care homes and private establishments. People including groups can also visit the centre,” she said.

The centre would also offer animal adoptions, would gain charitable status so it could apply for grants, and would be supported by volunteers, to help run the centre. There would also be horse and dog shows to help raise funds to run it.

“I find that animals that need rescuing are great at rehabilitating people. Even though they may have been mistreated they still trust, Animals also seem to know when people have health issues and are no threat to them,” Barbara said.

“You have to love working with animals and enjoy seeing the happiness and health benefits that people get through being with the animals.”

Barbara is registering her proposed centre with the Charity Commission. A website and Facebook page is being developed.

Anyone with a suitable venue for her project is asked to ring Barbara on 07511621454.