A quote from Professor Knottenbelt to the H.A.C.K. Education Programme
"this centre is dedicated to the welfare of animals and to the encouragement of empathy and understanding of the needs of the animals who depend upon us and who trust us implicitly. A Horse serves willingly and honestly, he gives his best and deserves to be respected. An understanding of animal welfare cannot be gained from books and magazines - it requires exposure to the animals themselves and in that way the human spirit is uplifted. The bond between a person and a horse is one of the basic sentiments of mankind".
Every lesson learnt on horse welfare is a plus, basic knowledge of care is necessary for the welfare of any animal, and here at H.A.C.K. we have developed different welfare programmes e.g. "So....you want to own a pony" to help those who have horse ownership in mind and want to do their best for the intended purchase of a horse. These are lessons with an exam at the end of the course. Pictured is Professor Derek Knottenbelt OBE BVM&S DVM&S DipECEIM MRCVS awarding certificates to the students who took part. This was also in partnership with the local authorities
There is also a Saturday "Kids" Club where the children are interested in looking after the ponies, grooming, feeding, general care etc all under supervision, this also includes a walk out with the ponies in the safety of the Alyn Waters Park.
We also support students from Chester University who usually come along at weekends to help out and enjoy the connection with the ponies and donkeys plus other animals
H.A.C.K. also does school visits taking little Lenny to give class lessons on taking care of your pet. These lessons are both creative and fun and gives the children a chance to interact with Lenny, which helps them to understand the responsibility of owning any animal. This has been very successful.