AFTERNOON TEA WITH A PONY
Second Monday of each month between 2pm and 3pm
(excluding bank holidays and school holidays)
We have taken the decision to suspend Tea with a Pony until Spring 2024.
It continues to be exceedingly wet and muddy at Kirkley Hall and with the current low temperatures we don’t feel we are able to offer a pleasurable experience for our clients during the winter months.
We hope to start sessions again in March but check our Facebook and website pages for updates. Please email us if you have any questions about Tea with a Pony.
13th Nov 2023 – PLEASE NOTE THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED
11th Dec 2023 – PLEASE NOTE THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED
RDA originally created Tea with a Pony in response to the growing number of people living with dementia and disability, for whom horse-riding may not be suitable but who might be helped by some other form of animal-assisted activity involving horses.
Tea with a Pony is a simple, yet very effective session and Morpeth RDA are now offering people the opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea and cake, at Kirkley Hall with Morpeth RDA, whilst perhaps revisiting memories from years gone by or by gaining self-confidence by simply being with/handling a pony.
Tea with a Pony began in 2018 and it was found for some participants, the connection with horses is much deeper. One lady got so much from her session that her daughter said:
“It seems to have helped her memory, I’m not sure how, but it has, and, more than anything, it’s been like a light has turned back on again. It’s the warmth of an animal, an animal that trusts you – the present fades away and it takes her back to just warm memories.”
It is has become clear from information feeding back to RDA National that these sessions also impact the carers and family members in a positive way.
If you would like to come along to Tea with a Pony then please contact the Trustees via the email address below.