“The empathy Alex gained from the sessions was remarkable. They are now leaving the scheme with the potential of a job for life. Given that Alex was heading for the care system and prison, this scheme undoubtedly saved this young person.” - Cath Dew, Head of Service - Edge of Care / Specialist Family Support.
Our mission is to empower young people through horsemanship. We pledge to provide a safe learning environment so that a young person can thrive physically, mentally and emotionally.
In order to develop a relationship with a pony and excel in practical skills, children learn strategies such as controlling breathing, body language and voice.
The Think Like a Pony ethos is based around learning to respect self, respect others and take responsibility for ones' own actions.
By learning how ponies communicate and form relationships, children and young people have an opportunity to reflect and improve on their own communication and relationship skills.
We promote the education of an holistic approach to riding, handling and caring for horses both locally at our horsemanship centre in Leeds, and nationwide through our online Club and team of freelance instructors.
We are committed to making these positive, life-changing experiences accessible to children from all walks of life. We offer sessions to a range of children from the local community including vulnerable children who are referred through Leeds City Council, schools and the NHS's mental health provision for children.