Our Mission

Think Like a Pony’s mission is to support young people by giving experiences that facilitate positive youth development as well as helping them to achieve horsemanship goals. Each instructor and centre pledges to provide a safe learning environment so that a young person can thrive physically, mentally and emotionally and work towards success as a rider.

Children learning through Think Like a Pony excel because by developing the leadership skills necessary to interact with a pony or horse, the young person is continually exposed to positive experiences and feedback and this provides an opportunity to refine key life skills.

Key Life Skills

To train a horse successfully, the young person needs to understand:

  • The horse’s innate needs.
  • How horses communicate with each other.
  • What the horse’s priorities are.
  • The difference between being assertive and being aggressive.
  • The difference between discipline and punishment.
  • How to be calm and have a plan.

Through these considerations, young people learn the value and need for clear rules and boundaries as well as the need for consistency, clarity, predictability and congruency.

Through understanding these factors, the young person develops not only empathy but important life practices which include:

  • Respect for self.
  • Respect for others.
  • Responsibility for everything they do.
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Latest News

A Special Addition to the Think Like a Pony Team!

At 2.15 am on Friday 2nd May 2014, a very special foal was born at Pony Grove, Think Like a Pony’s Surrey centre. The filly has been named ‘Lunar d’Argento’, which is Italian for ‘Silver Moon’. Take a look at the photograph and see if you can think why she has been named this. Lunar […] Read More