We interviewed April’s new family to find out why they chose April and what made them want to support our charity.

Hugs: Why did you choose to rehome a horse/pony and support The Hugs Foundation when there are so many rescues to choose from?

April’s New Family (ANF): We chose Hugs because we could see from our research (watching videos, lives, Facebook page etc) that the organisation deeply cares about its residents and its participants. The whole idea of helping people, adults and children alike, as well as helping animals, really appealed to us.

Hugs: Why did you want to offer a rescue horse/pony a home?

ANF: Offering a home to a rescue horse seemed like a very safe way to find a pony. We’ve little confidence in the horse community generally with many ponies sold for the wrong reasons, often with underlying issues, that don’t get highlighted. We knew that if we went to a recognised charity that we wouldn’t be lied to, the pony would be sound and we’d be helping not just a pony but a worthy cause.

Hugs: Why did you choose the lovely April?

ANF: April appealed to Vaughan initially as she was very cuddly and sweet. I found her to be confident and smart and very willing and felt she would fit into our lives very well. We know we have a lot of work to do to get her cooperating with us initially, but we know she’s a very sweet girl who will be a very lovely addition to our little herd. My heart was very firmly attached to Dickinson and still is, but April is the right choice for us at this stage. Her cheeky ways are winning me over and I know she’ll be under my skin in no time!!

Hugs: What does the future look like for you and April?

ANF: I plan to do lots of agility and groundwork with April and our hope is that she will be a riding pony for our grandchildren one day.

Hugs: What do you like about Hugs?

ANF: We love The Hugs Foundation because of the work you do with children and adults but also because it is so obvious how much you just love the animals and really do seem to enjoy what you do. You can witness the change in the horses as they become more and more confident and happy. It is lovely to see.

Hugs: What could Hugs improve on?

ANF: It’s hard to know what you could improve on. I love watching the live videos each day and I love seeing all the animals, it’s all become very familiar and I look forward to seeing you every day. I don’t really recall quite how I became aware of your organisation apart from it was on Facebook. So I suppose getting the message out more would be one thing you could improve on in the hope you get more exposure, awareness and funds. I’m happy to do my bit to help promote your work, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Hugs: You have very kindly chosen to support Hugs with a monthly donation as well as rehoming. What made you decide to support us in this way?

ANF: That was a no brainer. It’s clearly a worthy cause and I donate to the Donkey Sanctuary, Brooke, Cats Protection etc so it fits well with my preferred charities. I think it’s important to support causes that are not just local but really resonate with you and your organisation does just that.