Introducing the Baker family, our newest friends and partners who run a not-for-profit rescue and livery sanctuary which gives therapeutic support to members of the Royal Artillery. Theirs is a story of a love of horses and a deep respect for the military, which has resulted in the setting up of Family Nest, a 38-acre centre in North Tamerton, Holsworthy, in the heart of the tranquil North Cornwall countryside, which offers free therapy sessions and horse riding lessons to all veterans and their families.
Sarah and Jim Baker Junior run the livery, with help from their three children. Young Oliver is pictured above with one of the retired horses. His dad is ex Cheshire Regiment and he retired from the Army due to PTSD. Sarah says: “Horses are a very special breed and I love that they can see straight through your exterior and react to how you feel on the inside. We have retired horses from the military here that bring so much joy to retired artillery personnel. We have worked closely with our local area and offered donation-only livery to help horse owners through the tough times we have seen ourselves lately.
“We have a barn with 12 stables and we have been offering them out to horse owners in need. We are big believers in natural horsemanship. We do not use generic methods as others do, we choose to let the horse decide how we move forward with every step. Every horse is treated with love, care and most of all respect.”
Jim comes from a proud Army tradition. His dad, Jim senior, is ex Royal Artillery and heavily involved in the local brach of the RA Association in Stockport. Mum, Irene is getting her local community knitting purple poppies to help War Horse Memorial with our Animal Purple Poppy Fund.
We are pleased and delighted that the Baker family have decided partnership working with us at War Horse Memorial. The Royal Artillery Charitable Fund is one of our chosen charities and we are always humbled to learn stories of the brave men and women of the RA who have given service to our country. Family Nest was only established last year but it’s already offering the chance to help veterans and other people suffering with mental health conditions to find themselves, and to learn how to raise and care for animals and see hoe they live day to day. A great cause from a very caring family.