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Hooves for Healing

Charlotte's Brightside, New Brighton Community Centre, 1A Hope Street, CH45 2LN

Hooves for Healing

We are an Equine Assisted learning project, engaging with the local community and surrounding region, offering a service which has improved the quality of life for many children, young teens and adults. We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). Staff are all enthusiastic, knowledgeable horse owners/loaners and have experience of working with children/young people with Additional Needs, and learning difficulties. Our training is updated regularly through The British Horse Society (BHS)


What do we do?

Equine Assisted 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, personal learning and thinking skills. Teamwork is encouraged as pony, client and support worker - work closely with the help of a person-centred learning program to enhance self-discovery, self-expression. Some service users like the repetition 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 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.


Who can this benefit?

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

  • Mental Illness: Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Stress

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

  • Autism

  • Dementia

  • Visually Impaired

  • And many more...


For Directions

Please call for assistance with directions as the postcode may not take you directly to our location


How to refer & cost

You can self refer, we have child agencies referring to us and also local schools. Our 45-minute equine assisted learning sessions are subsidised and we ask if you can make a suggested donation of £17.50 to Hooves For Healing for the work we provide and to cover staffing costs.



Please call us on 07587 697627

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