Hooves for Healing is an Equine Assisted learning centre which was first established in 2016 .
In 2021 we registered our constituted group as a CIO (Charitable incorporated Organisation)
We provide our service to the local Merseyside community and more recently to the surrounding region, offering a non clinical ,holistic service which has improved the quality of life for many children, youths and adults impacting individuals and families through the benefits of Equine Assisted Learning.
We rely on donations, fundraisers and grants to enable our work to continue.
Staff are all enthusiastic, knowledgeable horse owners/loaners and have past life experience of working with children/young people who are neurodivergent ,also those who may have physical disability and/or Mental health illness.
Our first aid and safeguarding training is updated regularly.
Equine Assisted learning is a holistic alternative coaching tool used to engage and build trust and bonding between equine service user and staff.
Teamwork is encouraged as Equine, client and practitioner work closely with the help of a person-centred learning program to encourage self development.
Some service users like the repartition during their sessions, others like to be creative, try new things, explore and push their boundaries.
Therapeutic riding can be incorporated as part of the service users individual person centred programme,
Leading the pony, brushing, stroking/ 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 service users 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 ,some of who are non-verbal and thrive from taking part in visual activities.
Physical exercise although 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, feed back forms which we collect from parents /carers of our service users keep us motivated
and moving forward.
Equine Facilitated Learning can be accessed by most people and is beneficial to many including people who may suffer from:
Mental Illness- Anxiety, Depression, Stress
Neurodivergence, children/youths and adults
Social, Emotional and Behavioural difficulties
Observed Improved Outcomes :
self-confidence and self-esteem
mental health and well-being
calmness and ability to regulate self
social skills and relationships
self-awareness and empathy
Increased ability to focus, engage with tasks
Ability to take part in work experience, improving employment/career choices
Improved overall wellness, physical and mental
How to refer
You can self refer, (email ) we have individuals, child agencies , other charities, and also local schools who use our services.
Our 45 minute equine assisted learning sessions are subsidised through fundraising and grants, also donations . We ask for a set contribution to Hooves For Healing for the work we provide to cover help staffing costs being a non profit making charity.
Small group bookings have been popular with local schools who inspire to empower their children, they are investing in the futures of their children helping to rebuild and repair our damaged children after the pandemic.
Toilets and hand washing facilities
Baby changing area
Indoor heated stable