Horsemanship for Children

As well as teaching balanced riding, we offer horsemanship experiences that help develop empathy, understanding and communication with and for the horse. Young people develop the skills and perspective needed to excel as horse riders and handlers.

To ensure high standards of education and safety, we insist that every child learning to ride does so through 1-to-1 tuition with a qualified Think Like a Pony instructor. All our instructors partake in ongoing training with leader in the field of teaching children to ride and animal behaviourist, Lynn Henry. All instructors are DBS checked, partake in safe-guarding and first aid training. This, along with our educational approach and significant investment in the training of our ponies, means that we have incredibly high safety standards.

Children learn how to communicate with ponies safely, effectively and respectfully. They have the opportunity to learn how a pony thinks, feels and why they behave the way they do. By developing a relationship with a pony, students learn important and fundamental communication and social skills, therefore developing as confident and well-rounded people.

The ponies at Think Like a Pony have been gifted due to health or behavioural problems that their previous owners have not known how to overcome. Through successful well-being and training programmes, we rehabilitate and retrain these ponies to become safe, calm and confident children's ponies. The students at the centre play a key role in the ponies’ training. This is inspiring for young people who see that their input really can make a difference.

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