We also adhere to the 5 freedoms for all our animals
1. FREEDOM FROM HUNGER AND THIRST – by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigour.
2. FREEDOM FROM DISCOMFORT – by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
3. FREEDOM FROM PAIN, INJURY OR DISEASE. – by providing appropriate preventative measures, along with rapid diagnosis and treatment.
4. FREEDOM TO EXPRESS NORMAL BEHAVIOUR – by providing for species specific requirements with respect to space, enrichment and social needs.
5. FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND DISTRESS – by ensuring species specific conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
School settings should note though, that responsibility for the children’s health, safety and discipline remains with them – so please ensure that sufficient responsible adults supervise the children at all times.
All animals used are chosen for their docile nature and are well accustomed to being handled before taking part in visits. However, animals can be unpredictable, so it important that everyone follows instructions on how the animals should be approached and handled.
To protect the health of your children and the welfare of the animals, no animal showing signs of illness, stress or abnormal behaviour will be used for a visit. However all animals naturally carry micro-organisms which can cause ill health in humans.
The latest advice, regarding school children contacting animals:
Cuts / open wounds should be covered.
Berry Fields try to minimise any contamination of your site - the animals remain on the horse lorry or enclosure at all times apart from when they are being handled. If any droppings are done outside the horse lorry, they are cleaned up as soon as possible and taken back to Berry Fields.
We require participants to wear safety helmets and suitable footwear when leading the horses. These can be borrowed from us. Please ensure everyone wears warm coats for winter visits and trousers. (Headwear is provided)
A full will always be completed prior to any visit. Once this has been completed and carried out it will beforwarded for your use and record keeping. Prior to the children coming into contact with the animals a safety talk will be given, in age appropriate language. Children will have also already experience a whole school assembly if the setting has bought into the bronze package.
All education settings must agree to our health & safety protocol to minimise risks and well being to all.
Rachel Hartopp is the trained Child Protection Officer. Our child protection policy can be viewed on request.