September 2021

By Lorna Thompson – lorna.thompson@hnmedia.co.uk Published: 11:00, 16 September 2021

New Article in the Northern Scotsman newspaper

A LOCAL horse rescue charity will be able to run more therapy sessions for disadvantaged people later this year when it opens its new indoor arena.

Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses, in Mulben, rehabilitates horses and ponies and offers a life-long sanctuary for them if suitable homes cannot be found.

The centre provides equine facilitated therapy for people of all ages living with a range of disadvantages, including the care experienced, PTSD sufferers, victims of domestic abuse, addicts, ex-offenders and people with cognitive or mobility problems.

Touchdown was set up in Shropshire in 1998 and moved to Moray 15 years ago.

Chairperson Frances Davies said: “We take in horses for whatever reason and put them through rehabilitation in conjunction with the vet and farrier. Not all of them can be ridden or driven. “If we cannot find homes for them they can stay here with us for life.

“Our new arena is coming on really well and, as well as being safer, means we can operate more sessions in colder weather.”

Participants in therapy sessions learn to guide pony agility on the ground, and to groom, handle and care for the horses and ponies.

The centre runs a Countrymen Club for local older men, which is specifically aimed at those who had a country upbringing or worked in rural jobs. As well as animal care, men, including those in care homes, can get involved in horticulture or working with farm machinery. The club is now gearing up again after being forced into abeyance by the pandemic.

The public are being invited along to mark the opening of its new indoor school on Saturday, October 2, from 10am-5pm.

The open day will feature pony rides, stable tours and a parade by some of its residents, including Lauder the Clydesdale, a former police horse.

September 2021

Rehoming Reaping

Our lovely Reaping will be rehomed to the Centre belt of Scotland, we will all miss her so much and

especially Dave.

She is ready to go after some pictures with Mel

July 2021

SCIO Status awarded,

We are very proud to announce that a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Independent Organisation) Status has been awarded to Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses, our new Charity number will be SC051136.

April 2021

Rehoming Roisin

Great news for Roisin, she has found a lovely new home and owner while not too far away so we can visit them to see how they are getting on. Yola our fantastic volunteer has rehomed Roisin, follow us on Instagram to see the stories @touchdown.mhh

The arrival of ‘Lauder’

They say after rain comes sunshine, and indeed Lauder has given us the sunshine after Walter left us a wee empty space. Lauder, a Clydesdale moves to Touchdown for his retirement after serving Police Scotland. You can find the article and video from Press & Journal here. He is such a gent and we love having him here at Touchdown MHH. Lauder is settling in well and will do some gentle work with our Countrymen Club when the farm is open for the public.

‘Just Walter’ leaving us

Early October our little pony ‘Just Walter’ passed away. He was such a good buddy for our Blue Unicorn project and all the girls loved him. He is now over the rainbow enjoying his peace. We will miss you Walter.

Lockdown 2020

Our trustees, Brian and OIS have been working hard to keep our countrymen project running in the background and reach out to those in isolation. The countrymen fund has given us the opportunity to build a basis for our countrymen club. The vegetable gardens and seating area are being developed and can be continued in spring 2021. Hopefully by then we can invite the countrymen to visit the farm and our new polytunnel.

August 2020 – General update.

Due to Covid-19 all our ongoing projects such as the Countrymen and Blue Unicorn projects have come to a hold. We will be informing you as as possible when we can go back to opening up the farm for the public, so we can support our community.

A visit to the farm can be arranged by appointment only under the covid-19 guidelines. Please contact us by email at info@touchdownmhh.org.

If you like to support us to get us through the Covid-19 circumstances, you can find more information on our donations page. We appreciate any kind of support. Appels, carrots, rugs or tack, any donation toward haylage, feed and bedding will helps us to get us through the winter time. Hope to see you back at our farm, thank you

Frances, Brian, the yard team, trustees and animals

New franchise with Countrymen UK

P&J news 19 March 2019

Horse charity introduce new club for elderly men who struggle to get outdoors

You can find more information regarding the Countrmen’s club in the Social Events page.

BHS accreditation – November 27, 2018

Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses has now earned the Highly Commended Status in British Horse Society approval as a retraining centre for horses, becoming the first charity in Scotland to earn it and only the fourth in the UK. See the link on the BHS website below and the Article In Press & Journal.

http://www.bhs.org.uk/enjoy-riding/find-a-place-to-ride/centres/stuv/touchdown-memorial-home-for-horses

Charity that looks after retired racehorses earns rare accreditation