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Healing horses need new home

PUBLISHED: 17:23 26 October 2009 | UPDATED: 10:58 07 July 2010

Chris Hill

Plans to relocate a healing herd of horses from Wales to north Norfolk have stalled after an offer of grazing land fell through at the last minute.

World of Whispers is a charitable enterprise which uses the therapeutic powers of eight rescued horses to help people overcome social, emotional and physical problems.

Plans to relocate a healing herd of horses from Wales to north Norfolk have stalled after an offer of grazing land fell through at the last minute.

World of Whispers is a charitable enterprise which uses the therapeutic powers of eight rescued horses to help people overcome social, emotional and physical problems.

The organisation wants to relocate its herd from its current home in the Vale of Glamorgan to a more permanent centre in Norfolk.

But the move to a 10-acre field in North Creake fell through just as the horses were being prepared for the long trip across Britain.

Now project volunteers are desperate to find another landowner who can give the horses somewhere to live, or even supply buildings which could be used for a planned education and rehabilitation centre.

Mandy Allen, 47, a youth worker for Norfolk County Council, said her role would be to look after the animals and help run the project in her spare time - if a suitable base could be found.

She said: “We would like to move them to north Norfolk if possible, because I live in Wells with my partner and we will be responsible for the care of the horses.

“We either need a 10 to 15-acre field to winter the horses in, or it would be ideal if we could find 30-50 acres which would have some facilities for people. A building with toilets, office space or water would be perfect - the herd lives outside so we don't need stables but they do need shelter.

“Essentially they are healing horses, and they have all been rescued themselves in one way or another. Some were on the verge of being put down or just not wanted any more.”

Horse whisperer Helen Wingstedt founded the project after her own horse helped her to recover from illness in 2003.

“Because of the work I have done with these horses they are able to work with people in a way that most horses won't,” she said.

“It could be a mental issue, or someone who has suffered bereavement, depression or even physical conditions like a stroke. The horses tune into what's wrong and help people move on.

“I want to open doors to people of any age from anywhere in the world to come and connect with these horses in a comfortable and safe learning environment.”

For more information contact Mandy Allen on 07876 254173.

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