Meet our Equine & Animal Team!
Equine Partners CIC simply could not run without our team of amazing horses. Each and every one of them brings a special something to the team. Our horses are all different sizes, types and temperaments and have a range of different skills and life lessons, which are what gives us the flexibility to do what we do.
All our horses are available for sponsoring. Sponsoring one of our horses is a fun way to support Equine Partners CIC. You can choose to either make a one off payment or a monthly sponsorship, which can be as much or little as you wish to donate, and all money goes directly towards the daily care and training of your chosen equine and their friends so they can continue their wonderful work.
Below are some examples of what different donations could provide:
£5 will go towards a bag of feed for the horses
£10 will buy 2 bales of hay
£20 will pay a horse's livery for a week
£50 will pay for the podiatrist to trim a horse's feet
£100 will buy new rugs & equipment
If you wish to sponsor a horse as a gift for someone, please let us know and give us their details so that we can post them (or you!) a Gift Certificate.
Horseanality: LBE/LBI Cusp
Bella is the Lead Mare of our herd. A big part of her job is looking after the rest of the herd.
She is also the rock chick of the herd. Her feisty and sensitive nature makes her ideal as a therapy horse, as she gives the clients instant feedback!
Bella was bought by Jo as a 5 month old foal. Over the years they have developed a strong partnership and have been on many adventurers together including riding together over the Wiltshire Plains, clinics and beach rides.
Bella has a big jump, and has often be known to 'Swap fields' when she fancies being out with a different group of horses!
Kira is one of our longstanding members of the team, and a firm favourite with the kids.
Her small size and calm, quiet and unflappable nature, make her ideal for those who are nervous.
Kira is also one of our stubbornest members of the herd. She will make you work for what you want and is an expert in out focusing people!
Kira is our little rescue pony. She was left abandoned in a field with no food and little water. When she arrived with us she was scared and very defensive.
These days she is a lovely, cheeky and friendly pony.
Kira loves to knock things over and play with the toys. Her favourite game at the moment is to pick things up and pass them to people!
Patch is our friendly and cheeky yard cat!
His main role is as pest control officer.
If you ask him however, his will tell you that his job is to cuddle anyone who sits down, and make sure we all stay slim by offering to eat our lunches - especially if it is cheese!
Patch belongs to one of our directors, Liz. However when she rented out her stable yard he had to move home. Luckily for us he came to live with us and now the yard would seem lonely without him.
Patch is always spotlessly clean! Even in the middle of winter surrounded by mud, his white bits will still be a bright white!
Prince is known to many as ‘our pet Labrador’ as he comes when called, loves his food and will do anything for a scratch! He also loves to play, although we are yet to teach him to fetch a stick!
Prince is a favourite with our pony sharers and families alike due to his sweet and loving nature
Prince came to us in 2010 and is on loan from Fran. In his past life he was a pairs ploughing horse on a farm in Ireland.
Prince loves to have his ankles scratched and will often walk up to people and wave his back leg in the air at them to get it scratched!
Charlie is known to many as our ‘blue-eyed’ boy due to his stunning blue eyes!
He is also one of the cheekiest of the group. You will often find him and Kira in a game of tag, when he isn’t trying to rugby tackle her that is! It’s just a good job they are friends!
He is also Bella’s ‘Mini me’ and can usually be found following her around and copying what she does.
Charlie is one of the smallest of all our ponies, although what he lacks in size he makes up in personality! Being small he is also perfect for our smallest visitors.
Charile was purchased for the project by Jo & Fran in 2012 as our first ponyshare pony
Charlie's favourite food is carrots, and he will do almost anything for one!
From time to time we have chickens at the yard. Although they are generally in their run when we have people visiting, you will sometimes see them scratching around the yard or playing on the muck-heap.
Our first Chicken, Paleface, arrived in 2017 when she needed to be reclocated from her current home. This was only meant to be tempory, but we liked having her so much (and her eggs!) we decided to keep her here.
We plan on getting more chickens to add to our flock soon.
Did you know you can clicker train a chicken? We didn't! However with grapes as an incentive Paleface quickly got the idea and would soon come running when called
Horseanality: LBE Cusp
Tom is the youngest of the herd and as such still has a lot of learning to do. What he lacks in education he makes up in enthusiasm!! He has a great temperament and is always up from playing games and having fun.
Tom was purchased by the project in 2016 by the kind donations of various supporters and a lot of fundraising. Even at his young age, being originally born in Ireland means he has changed home a few times before finding his way to us, and we are very thankful to have found him.
Tom loves to put things in his mouth and will often be seen leading himself in from the field with his rope in his mouth.
Simba joined the team in the autumn of 2017. Even though he is the newest member of the team he is probably one of the wisest.
Being a shetland he is also the smallest member of the team, and perfect for those small or nervous clients who come to see us.
Simba loves being pampered and will happily stand and be brushed for hours.
Simba has been there, seen it, and got the t-shirt. Spending most of his life as a much loved family pony he has done it all, whilst keeping he human partners completely safe. He is now on loan to us to enjoy a quieter pace of life.
Simba might be small but he is no shrinking violet and is more than happy to let the others know who is boss!