Hooves for Healing

Hooves for Healing is an Equine facilitated learning project we have been nurturing over the past 3 years, engaging with the community offering a service which has improved the quality of life for many children and young teens and adults.

We have recently been awarded a community Lottery grant to be used to develop and grow our service in the community.

Equine facilitated learning is an alternative coaching tool used with  gentle guidance to create a bond between pony and human, applied in the correct environment to encourage and promote emotional growth and learning.

It is true that humans learn and retain more information when they are doing something that they like and enjoy taking part in, we have found, children, teens and grown ups love our tranquil venue.

Teamwork is encouraged as pony , client practitioner and support worker work closely with the help of a client led learning programme to enhance self discovery, self expression, including evaluation and reflection of their experience.

Therapeutic riding of the pony is not always part of the individuals person centred programme , leading the pony, brushing, stroking and cuddling the pony can all be included. Creative activities can take place either inside the stable or outside in our paddock, always ensuring client safety is maintained. .

We always set our service users up to succeed this promotes self esteem, trust, confidence ,leaving them with a great sense of achievement.

You can self refer, we have child agencies referring to us, also local schools for individual and small group sessions. Please contact Pam if you require further information

“Testimonial -Hooves for Healing

Mrs L Wilson


Our daughter has various complex health issues which have manifested themselves and caused her additional suffering with anxiety, low mood, lack of confidence, insomnia and low self esteem.

I underestimated how therapy through the use of ponies could help with a child’s physical and mental health needs.

Pam, Lucy and Sally are so caring, professional and engaging. Pam really gets to understand your child’s physical and mental health needs prior to attending your first session. This really put me at ease and I also felt reassured in the knowledge that Pam is a parent of children with complex needs, was previously a Health Care Professional and has done lots of research into therapy via ponies.

Our daughter is a different child when she’s with her best friend, Murphy; who is a loveable, well natured pony. She interacts in conversations about Murphy and is totally absorbed in ‘pony world’ for an hour which helps her to forget everything else going on in her world.

You can genuinely see that Pam, Lucy and Sally are extremely happy in their work as they’re always smiling and excited to see our daughter and make her feel special on each visit, even when it’s raining and cold!

Even after our daughter’s sessions she remains positive and upbeat and is excited to tell us all about her time with Murphy and the girls.

It’s the one thing our daughter looks forward to each week which, is remarkable for us as a family. I wish we had known about Hooves for Healing sooner as it’s been a revelation!

Well done to all the team and a special thanks to Murphy. ”

Equine facilitated Learning can be accessed by most people and is beneficial to many including people who have:

  • Mental illness, depression,anxiety, anger, stress
  • ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • Autism
  • Dementia
  • Vision Impairment and so on.

A 45 minute pony therapy session is subsidised and we ask  for a payment of £15.00 to be made for Hooves for Healing charity 1189520

We are currently looking for sponsorship and funding to enable those who can not afford our service to access it.

If you are interested in doing so please contact me on our webmail .

We can offer advertising at our venue car parking area in return for sponsorship at a very reasonable price! thanks already to Hilbre Windows and Bogans Carpets , who have been sponsoring us over the past year, making a difference to young lives by renting advertising space on our car park area.

  • BHS horse owners certificate level 1 and 2
  • Equine Assisted Therapy Course attended (2012)
  • Autism Awareness attended at Autism Together
  • BHS First Aider Course (2019)
  • BHS Safegaurding and Protecting children Certificated Aug 2019
  • DBS checked 2019
  • Empowered Horsemanship, Empowering People and Horses course Dec 2019
  • Accredited Equine Assisted Practitioner training (IPHM) 2021

Book your Hooves for Healing session today...

45 min session available at £15.00 (subsidised)