The Stable Life group, which operates out of Dryden stables, has been boosted with news of a £25,000 grant from a Scottish Government fund.
The voluntary organisation supports vulnerable young people, using the horse and its environment to teach life skills and build up confidence.
Mags Powell, business development manager at Stable Life, told the Wee Paper: “The funding we have received through the Enterprise Ready Fund has allowed us to purchase ponies and much needed capital equipment along with marketing tools to help promote the organisation.
“Receiving this funding means that we now have the resources to run our service at the required level quicker and more efficiently as well as providing us with a well maintained and equipped facility making us more attractive to potential private clients.”
Mags added: “Having this funding has given us a huge step up the ladder as without it we would not have been able to run our service at the capacity we wish to and we would only have been able to support a reduced number of young people.
“We would also not have been able to provide the level and quality of facilities we wished to and as such our predicted income would have been reduced thus having an impact on our future sustainability.”
The organisation took over the long-term lease of the stables at Dryden, near Ashkirk, in August last year, from where they also run events and hire out the facilities.