Hooves for Healing is an Equine Assisted learning centre which we have been nurturing over the past 7 years, engaging with the local community and more recently into the surrounding region, offering a non clinical ,holistic service which has improved the quality of life for many children, young teens and adults impacting individuals and families also.
We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with 4 trustees who are all busy working ladies. We rely on donations and grants to enable our work to continue.
Staff are all enthusiastic, knowledgeable horse owners/loaners and have past experience of working with children/young people who are neurodivergent ,also those who may have physical and Mental health issues. Our first aid and safeguarding training is updated regularly , in the past we have engaged with The BHS (British Horse Society) to do so.
Equine Assisted learning is a holistic alternative coaching tool used to engage ,and create a bond between pony and human, applied in the correct environment to encourage and promote wellbeing, emotional growth, personal learning and thinking skills.
Teamwork is encouraged as pony, client and practitioner work closely with the help of a person-centred learning program to enhance self-discovery, self-expression. Some service users like the repartition during their sessions, others like to be creative, try new things, explore and push their boundaries.
Therapeutic riding of the pony is not always part of the individual’s person centred programme, leading the pony, brushing, touching the pony can also be included. creative activities can take place either under our purpose built outside sheltered or outside in our paddock, always ensuring the client safety is maintained. Educational picture card activities are available, also picture/letter signs in sand paddock, this form of learning is ideal for our clients who are non-verbal and thrive from taking part in visual activities.
Physical exercise is something which is not embraced by all, we can add an element of exercise to a service user plan through encouraging walking to collect their pony and return them back to the paddock.
We always set our service users up to succeed this promotes self-esteem, trust, confidence, leaving them with a great sense of achievement.
We have many testimonies of success , completed feed back forms which we collect from parents/carers of our service users keep us motivated and moving forward.
Who can this benefit?
Equine Facilitated Learning can be accessed by most people and is beneficial to many including people who may suffer from:
Mental Illness- Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Stress
Neurodivergence, children/youths and adults
How to refer/Costs
You can self refer, (email or call) we have child agencies referring to us and also local schools.
Our 45 minute equine assisted learning sessions are subsidised through fundraising and grants, also donations . We ask for a contribution of £17.50 to Hooves For Healing for the work we provide and to cover staffing costs being a non profit making charity.
Small group bookings have been popular with local schools who inspire to empower their children, promoting resilience during covid 19 recovery.
Toilets and hand washing facilities
Baby changing area
Indoor heated stable