‘National Horse Protection Day’ 1st March

For a short CST activity on ‘National Horse Protection Day’, ask clients to list some famous fictional horses and riders, e.g. ‘Silver’/‘The Lone Ranger’, ‘Black Bess’/‘Dick Turpin’ & ‘Tornado’/‘Zorro’. And real life ones, e.g. Princess Anne, Bob Champion, Lester Piggott & ‘Red Rum’, ‘Seabiscuit’ & ‘Secretariat’. Have some horse pictures form the internet to colour in, or try drawing horses free hand. Tell stories about pony trekking and winning bets on ‘The Grand National’.

Listen to some TV themes -

‘Champion The Wonderhorse’ - https://youtu.be/-5i_pEYGe1o

‘Black Beauty’ - https://youtu.be/8u5NgC4lZ8s

‘On White Horses’ - https://youtu.be/jtCNbERKvMs

‘Follyfoot’ - https://youtu.be/CqwJoEGyGMY

‘Robin Hood’ (His horse’s name was ‘Golden Cloud’) - https://youtu.be/BbyYr6L5xQM

And pop songs -

‘A Horse With No Name’, America - https://youtu.be/oEHBTjIYejE

‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They?’, Racing Cars -


‘On Horseback’, Mike Oldfield - https://youtu.be/B62EO0rqRcM

‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, Glen Campbell - https://youtu.be/8kAU3B9Pi_U

‘Everybody’s Talkin’, Harry Nilsson - https://youtu.be/5zHVFXorF38

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Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.


He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 


The main aim of this website is to share experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

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