In light of the announcement of Covid-19 restrictions that will last through July, World Horse Welfare has made “the tough decision” to postpone the reopening of its rescue and relocation centers to visitors. The four centers were slated to reopen to the public next week after being closed for more than a year.
UK Director Tony Tyler said: “We have been really excited to have supporters on our farms so this is really disappointing, but the safety of our visitors and employees is our top priority. We look forward to welcoming everyone when the restrictions are lifted and hope that our visitors can bear it and book a visit later this summer. “
Anyone who has already booked tickets through the new system will be contacted and the latest information will be made available on the World Horse Welfare website (www.worldhorsewelfare.org).
Zoe Clifford of Penny Farm said, “We definitely look forward to seeing everyone back at the farm and it will be celebrated when we finally do, but in the meantime we will continue to focus on that, so many to save, rehabilitate and re-house horses as possible. “
World Horse Welfare has four rescue and relocation centers: Belwade Farm in Aberdeenshire, Penny Farm in Lancashire, Hall Farm in Norfolk and Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset.
All have been closed to the public since last March, but continue to rescue, care for, rehabilitate and ponies in need during this time despite a 20% drop in income due to the pandemic.