Horsemanship for Children

Think Like a Pony is a safe and fun approach that can empower any child to:
  • learn to communicate with horses
  • ride in balance 
  • improve mental and emotional well-being.

Our method of teaching children to ride fosters empathy, understanding and communication with and for the horse. This enables young people to excel as horse riders and handlers at the same time as developing important life skills. 
To understand how Think Like a Pony can empower a young person, take a look at the story of one of our riding school students:

Our educational approach and significant investment in the training of our ponies, means that we have incredibly high safety standards and high levels of horse welfare.

Children learn all aspects of horsemanship and horse care including:

  • Learning to empathetically and effectively communicate with a horse on the ground
  • Developing the co-ordination, confidence and balance needed to be an effective and empathetic rider
  • Understanding horse care from the pony's perspective, understanding what a pony needs and how to keep them well

All our instructors partake in ongoing training with leader in the field of teaching children to ride and animal behaviourist, Lynn Henry. Our instructors are DBS checked, partake in safe-guarding and first aid training.

The programme is supported by a wealth of educational material that support and excel children’s learning. This includes the Think Like a Pony series of workbooks, written by Lynn Henry, and the Think Like a Pony Club