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