Kilmarnock Rescue Farm providing services for the local community

The local fire brigade came to the the rescue center to practice evacuation and rescue techniques. With the possibility of attending a fire with animals they felt it was essential to learn skills such as putting on a headcollar.

We take some of our rescue ponies to the local mental health hospital to allow the payients some much loved time with animals. Equine assisted therapy can be an incredible way to help with mental health as a relationship developed with a horse can offer challenges that help overcome fears, build up trust, respect, compassion and develop communication skills and coping techniques.

Our local brownies group love to come down and see all the ponies who love all the attention and grooming!

Families that have autistic children come and use the farm for family days out.This gives the children time to spend with the rescue cases. Equestrian bonding is proven to help develop the emotional bond that traditionally challenges these lovely and wondeefful children.

Anna Kennedy OBE is Kilmarnocks Patron

Anna Kennedy is well known for setting up schools to provide an improved education and other facilities for special needs children affected by Asperger Syndrome and Autism. She has now expanded her support for these special children including two schools, a college, a respite home and a website with over 50,000 international followers. She was awarded an OBE (Royal Reward for Inspirational Mother) Award by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in 2012 for her services. We are honoured to be able to call her our official patron.