I have always had a big dream - to create a children’s horsemanship centre and programme that could lead the way for children’s horsemanship, riding and child-centric therapy in the UK and internationally. I wanted to empower children and families to learn how to build a relationships with ponies and horses that would be mutually beneficial to both of them. With the help of my amazing team, we have now made this dream a reality!
It wasn't until I started training as a Think Like a Pony instructor, that I found my voice and started to realise my true potential. I've grown in all areas of my life, including my horsemanship - I am now able to use the skills I've learnt to empower not only myself, but the horses, ponies, children and young people that I meet everyday.
I've always dreamed of teaching children about ponies and how to ride, as a win-win for both. From my very first visit to Think Like a Pony, I was so moved by the ethos of the company that a few tears were shed! Not long after, I joined the team myself - dreams really do come true.
Think Like a Pony instructors are more than just riding school instructors. We get to help inspire young people to be the best version of themselves, with the help of a pony friend. Before starting at Think Like a Pony, I struggled with anxiety and panic attacks that meant I hadn't been able to work for a few years. To have an honest and open relationship with my favourite pony May, I've had to be in control of myself mentally, emotionally, and physically. I now get to share these strategies with young people and empower them to be their best selves.
I fell in love with Think Like a Pony from day one and was lucky enough to be welcomed into the team. I have found the experience fascinating. The work here can be transferred into so many other areas of life, children are taught skills and strategies that help them to achieve and develop emotionally, mentally and physically.
I love seeing young people engaged with the ponies and actively learning. It's a privilege to be part of the team and the process here. The welfare standards for both ponies and young people are extremely high. Being able to help at-risk, young people transform daily makes my role meaningful.
Think Like a Pony has taught me about communication, emotional resilience and connection. This learning reaches across every connection and relationship in my life. Since starting my journey, I have loved every moment of excelling my horsemanship and riding, and I feel blessed to now be an instructor with the skills to empower and inspire others. I love sharing the ethos through our online Club and my work teaching as a freelance Think Like a Pony instructor.
I first met Lynn and started my Think Like a Pony journey when I was 13. Throughout the years, it has helped me to develop my confidence and ability to continue my education. Now, at 22, I have a role at Think Like a Pony as an intructor, horse trainer and I am responsible for horse welfare.