THE owner of an equine assisted learning centre has issued a desperate plea to find a new home.
Sarah Vivian has warned community interest company Horserenity will have to cease its work providing support for young people if a site cannot be found.
She has already put her house on the market to hold some funds to buy a paddock should one become available.
The clock is ticking and if she cannot find somewhere by the end of month she would have to take the “heart-breaking” move of dissolve the herd.
“My life has gone into absolute turmoil,” Sarah said.
“It would be horrible to break up this group of horses and stop being able to help people.
“We are a not-for-profit organisation and we believe in what we are doing.”
Last month Horserenity was given notice to leave its current site in Sturminster Marshall by the start of June.
Sarah secured a temporary location to give the team time to find a new permanent home, however, this temporary solution fell through earlier this month leaving Sarah facing a race against time.
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The operation needs between five and 10 acres of land. The horses live outside 24/7 under a natural horsemanship approach so stables are not required but some sort of shelter would be beneficial for bouts of bad weather.
Sarah founded Horserenity five and half years ago to provide an opportunity for children and young adults who are experiencing emotional or mental challenges to spend time with horses.
“It helps people to stop and take a breath because the horses are very close to their flight or freeze response and a lot of people are also in the flight or freeze position as a learned condition,” she said.
“Horses live in the moment so it doesn’t matter what is going on in the person’s past or anxieties about the future, the horse will react. It gives immediate feedback for how you are doing and you are feeling.”
Anyone who can help Sarah’s search for a new home for Horserenity can contact her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.