We are very excited to welcome three new additions to the Aspens family - Tessa and Tony the Shetland ponies and Rufus the Cob! The three recently moved to our Cornford Lane site in Pembury, joining our other Aspens animals. 

Tessa is a three year old Shetland pony who has come to us from a riding school in Essex. She was one of a number of ponies used for disabled children to ride and groom. 

Tony the Pony is an eleven-month-old miniature Shetland pony (viewers of Channel 5’s Our Yorkshire Farm might recognise the name!). Tony likes to be near Tessa even though they are different breeds of pony. 

After a little more handling from our team we are hoping the people we support can interact with Tessa and Tony as therapy horses, taking part in activities such as walks around the site and grooming. 

Rufus is a six-year-old Shire/Cob cross who stands at sixteen hands tall. He is a timid giant who has come to us from a stud farm in Essex where he was recognised as being a perfect candidate to become an RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) horse. This is something we are looking to progress with in the future, but in the meantime he is an attraction in his own merit!

Next time you come to visit our Bluebell Cafe and Pembury site do pop along to meet Tessa, Tony and Rufus, as well as all our other lovely animals, which include pigs, donkeys, sheep, guinea pigs and rabbits.

More information about our Cafe and Pembury site here