Horses get pamper treatments while separated from owners

The horses are getting treated to extra cuddles and attention while their owners can't care for them.

Staff at an equestrian facility in Ayrshire are going the extra mile to look after horses after stopping owners from coming to the yard.

Thornhill Stables in Stewarton made the difficult decision to close their doors to the public following government advice about curbing the spread of coronavirus.

Stable manager Romy Chassels and her dedicated team have been giving each of the livery horses some extra TLC while their owners are away and have been sending regular updates about their beloved steeds. 

The owner of  the livery yard Elaine MacDonald says: “Although we are the primary carer of the horses basic needs we wanted to expand our service to provide some extra comfort to our clients during difficult time. 

“It was the hardest decision since opening ten-years-ago, but we have thirty equine residents with owners from the West End of Glasgow to Troon, so there are a lot of possibilities for the virus to make its way here. 

“Should the staff and owners get sick the horses care would be compromised and at the end of the day the consistency of that care and continued safety of all clients and staff is the most important thing to us.

“I am forever grateful to Romy and my other amazing staff and also humbled by the support given to me by my amazing clients.”