Under an azure blue sky with House Martins darting darting here and there in the late summer warmth, I spent the morning at the World Horse Welfare Centre at Snetterton in Norfolk. http://www,worldhorsewelfare.org
Horses, ponies and donkeys come here when in need. They are rescued, cared for and rehomed after rehabilitation. The work of the organisation, whose president is the Princess Royal, can range from giving advice to owners through to court cases for cruelty.
During a walk around the paddocks you may encounter many different equines. Hall Farm can be home to up to 104 horses at any one time. There differences in size, colour and personalities are all represented.
My visit was part of an event organised by my local art group. Members can sit and draw or paint anything that inspires them. My own aim was to take photos as my style is very detailed and considered. This does not gel with animals continually on the move.
I took many photos; some horses ignored me, carried on grazing, they’d seen it all before. Others came over to see what was going on and came much too close to photograph! It was lovely to stroke their soft, velvety noses though.
I had a lovely morning – the weather was glorious, the surroundings idyllic, and the atmosphere very calming. I also have many photos to work from over the coming months – looking forward to that!
Thanks to the staff of World Horse Welfare for opening it doors to us on a non-public opening day!
“Ask me to show you poetry in motion and I will show you a horse.”
~ Author Unknown