RESIDENTS of Hartland House Care Home were treated to a special visit from retired racehorses from the BTRC.

On July 8, the residents of the home met retired racehorse, Bomb Proof and Shetland pony Washbear from The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

The residents enjoyed a morning sat outside in the sunshine spending time with the horses, getting to stroke them and learn more about the work of BTRC.

Resident Ron said, “We have had a brilliant morning, we are so grateful to BTRC for bringing these horses along to see us, it brings us such joy and makes us so happy.”

The BTRC arrange these visits as part of their Community Engagement work, spreading the word about their work caring for and rehoming retired racehorses. BTRC Communications & Engagement Manager, Lauren Lindsay said “It was both heart-warming and overwhelming to see how much of a positive impact our horses had on the residents of Hartland House.

"It is so important to reach out to those people in the community who may not otherwise have a chance to spend time with horses and feel the mental and physical benefits of being around them.

"Our visit was full of smiles and laughter and the residents could not thank us enough for visiting.”

This was the second care home visit for 5-year-old Bomb Proof who raced 9 times during his career on the track trained by Group One trainer James Fanshawe. Lauren said “He was a real superstar; quiet, calm and interested in saying hello to each and every resident. A true example of how adaptable Thoroughbreds can be.”

Hartland House Care Manager Leanne said “The BTRC visit gave us something special to give to our residents which meant meeting new friends on a glorious day. This is priceless and we want to thank them for giving us this wonderful opportunity of bringing sparkle to the residents at Hartland House.”

BTRC are holding their annual Open Day on August 13 11.30am – 3.30pm at their Centre (LA2 6PQ) if you are interested in meeting their horses and learning more about their work retraining retired racehorses. For more info follow them on Facebook or visit

To arrange a visit from BTRC, please get in touch with Lauren via email: or call 01524 81264.