Horses 4 Health Grant Applications for Tea With a Pony

Horses4Health logo Thanks to the support of Horse World and their fundraising activity Horses 4 Health, we have been able to offer a second round of applications to RDA groups to apply for a grant of up to £500 to either start offering or continue to develop their Tea with a Pony sessions.   We cannot wait to see the successes from this funding - thank you to everyone who applied.  

Tea with a Pony

Tea With a Pony (TWP) gives fulfilling and enriching experiences with horses to people living with dementia or other similar conditions. Participants can enjoy a slice of cake and cup of tea, and then have the opportunity to have a sensory experience with a pony.

Launched in 2021, Tea With a Pony is an RDA activity focusing on sensory experiences with RDA horses and ponies. It was launched as part of RDAs nationwide dementia project in response to the growing number of people living with dementia and similar conditions.

The Benefits

  • Sensory experience
  • Supportive, safe and inclusive
  • Can help participants revisit old memories and make new ones
  • Special experience for all involved Increase participant numbers
  • Make connections within a local community

 Dementia Friendly Communities:

It is worth finding a community local to you, and talking with them, they may be able to help you set up a group of participants to come along to your sessions.  The link is here

And Next….
This is an activity which can enrich so many more lives and we encourage as many groups as possible to get involved.  

For guidance on how to get started with your group – please see our guide Tea with a Pony Group Guide and video below:


Measuring Session Impact:

As Tea with a Pony is a new national activity for RDA, measuring the outcomes of the sessions becomes very important.  We encourage all groups to use them and also use this evidence for future funding, extending the programme out further should the opportunity arise and so on.  More information on how to go about this and also setting up the reference number for your participants can be found below:

Survey Monkey links: Session Survey    

Paper Version TWP Session survey 

Smiley Faces Resource

(Groups must upload using the Survey Monkey links and not send in paperwork to the office). 

Page Last Updated: March 8, 2023