Changing Lives Through Horses Programme

Changing Lives Through Horses

About The Programme

Nearly one in ten 16-18 year-olds are not in education, employment or training, while one in four young people struggle with low self-esteem, wellbeing and mental health problems.

Changing Lives through Horses has the potential to reach these people at a critical point in their lives.

Changing Lives through Horses aims to improve the lives of disengaged young people, regardless of their background, and give them the opportunity to develop skills that enable them to return to education and/or employment.

We aim to celebrate the powerful impact that horses can have on our society and the unique development of life skills which can help young people for the rest of their lives.

How it Works

With the horse at the core of the learning environment, pupils develop a variety of life skills ranging from everyday communication through to teamwork and understanding responsibility.

Fitting a headcollar on a horse might seem a simple task, and in the Changing Lives through Horses programme this task teaches the young person to approach a situation with empathy, care and confidence. They will learn how to read body language and consider the horse’s comfort. Our goal is to ensure that these skills are transferable because we use them every day treating each other with kindness and respect.