Our Leeds Centre is the headquarters for Think Like a Pony. At the centre, Lynn Henry, founder of Think Like a Pony and her team of instructors successfully run:
- The Think Like a Pony Youth Development Programme
Our youth development programme supports some of the most vulnerable children in the Leeds community. These are children who are at high risk of losing access to education, mental health breakdown and family breakdown. Many are children who have suffered multiple traumas. Through learning to build a relationship with a horse children are empowered to take control of their physical and mental state which enables them to develop control over their emotions.
This in turn helps them to build stronger relationships, re-engage with learning and see a future for themselves.
The Youth Development programme has been funded and endorsed by the Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, Sport England, The Fairhurst Foundation and the Leeds Community Foundation and works collaboratively with local schools and councils.
- Think Like a Pony's unique child-centric riding school
Children learn to ride through 1-to-1 lessons and only join a small group of 2 or 3 when they are balanced, confident and independent. Because of the high level to which the ponies are trained and the teaching methodology fostered by the staff, the centre has incredibly high levels of student safety and horse welfare.
There is a significant waiting list for the riding school so if you know of a young person who would like to be added to this list, we advise you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
- Think Like a Pony's rehabilitation programme for ponies
All the ponies at Think Like a Pony Leeds have been gifted, largely due to behavioural and health problems. Through successful training programmes, the ponies have developed their talents in inspiring and motivating children and developing their confidence. Staff foster a holistic approach to caring for and training the ponies and ensure a significant amount of staff time and resources are invested in maintaining exceptionally high standards of welfare.
- The Think Like a Pony Instructor training programme
Leeds City Council Riding School License Number: 13/00179/COMM/18
Date of issue: 19th June 2018
Date of expiry: 14th June 2019