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CHAPS - Gwalia's Community Horse and Pony Scheme

You can find CHAPS in Gowerton at SA4 3QX and what an awesome place to visit!

Phil and Claire had an awesome 'feel good Friday' as they took the breakfast show to CHAPS.

This is Gwalia's Community Horse and Pony Scheme.

These are horses which have been rescued, some from particularly traumatic and life threatening situations. As an example Melman (BELOW) was found emaciated and starving. He could barely lift his head, he was nervous around people and had horrific saddle sores from being tethered for so long. Melman was brought to CHAPS and cared for, now he's used to rehabilitate youngsters and adults along with the other horses. Schools and colleges work with CHAPS and bring their students to work with the horses too.

 

They've recently won a service innovation award at the Cymorth Cymru Promoting Independence Awards.

 



CHAPS really need donations to keep their project running as well as it is. They need clothing donations, particularly waterproof for both the staff and volunteers at CHAPS and for the horses themselves. They need feed for their horses, there are 8 at the moment, and also the horses each have Christmas lists so that they can have a few nice things this Christmas too.

Donate to CHAPS here or pop by the stables with anything you can give. Have a look at some of the horses Christmas lists here


Here are some of the staff and volunteers at CHAPS we spoke with today - click on the links below to listen

Claire chats to Katie about what CHAPS is, where do the horses come from and what do the team do here?

Meet Tony who regularly tends to the horses at CHAPS

Claire chats with Andrew a director at Gwalia about their involvement with the scheme

Phil chats with John and meets princess Lily

Listen to volunteer Glyn here

Meet some of the team

 

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