Tea with a Pony

Through these activities we want to give fulfilling and enriching experiences with horses to people living with dementia or other similar conditions, in a way which is supportive, safe and inclusive for the person living with a disability, their carers, our volunteers and our horses.

How did Tea with a Pony begin?
Cotswold RDA became increasing aware of the number of people living with a range of life-changing conditions, particularly dementia, for whom horse-riding may not be suitable but who might be helped by some other form of animal-assisted activity involving horses.  

Then in 2018 the group took on loan a 20-year-old pony. It soon became clear that he would not be able to cope with the usual workload with riders.  But he was charming and very friendly, and the idea emerged to use him in a nonriding capacity and this is when Tea with a Pony was born.

And Next….
We now believe this is an activity which can enrich so many more lives and we encourage as many groups as possible to get involved.  

For guidance on how to get started with your group – please see our guide here and video below:

 Dementia Friendly Communities:

It is worth finding a community local to you, and talking with them, they may be able to help you set up a group of participants to come along to your sessions.  The link is here

Measuring Session Impact:

As tea with a pony is a new national activity for RDA, measuring the outcomes of the sessions becomes very important.  We encourage all groups to use them and also use this evidence for future funding, extending the programme out further should the opportunity arise and so on.  More information on how to go about this and also setting up the reference number for your participants can be found below:

Participant Survey Guide

Survey Monkey links: Participant Survey    Carer Survey

Survey paper version (Groups must upload using the Survey Monkey links):  Participant Survey  Carer Survey

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