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The Bodster Equine Assisted Learning Community Interest Company is run by Jo & Giles Boddington and their small band of enthusiastic and loyal helpers. They are based just off the Shanklin Road in Godshill.
Not only do they run sessions at their modest stables but they also take their ponies to visit residential homes and day care centres for the growing numbers of those unable to travel.
Currently they have to borrow a horse box when possible and this often leads to regular visits being cancelled through its unavailability. They need to be able to have their very own horsebox so they can undertake more visits and, more importantly, guarantee their visits to those who are most in need.
The Whispering Ponies project will enable them to extend interaction with their ponies and be able to work more with people with dementia and those who are socially isolated. They also wants to invite children from local schools along on their visits, when appropriate, in order to enhance their understanding of dementia. The project also aims to stimulate social interaction and improve wellbeing for everyone involved.