The therapeutic benefit of animals is not a secret, the use of animals for relaxation and improved health dates as far back as Cleopatra and her famous cats and before this. It is not just the animals which are of great benefit but also being outside exploring the environment and all it has to offer.

The Benefits of equine and animal assisted programs include

  • Increased mobility & fitness

  • Increased co-ordination and muscle control

  • Reduced muscle spasms

  • Increase socialisation skills

  • Teamwork and responsibility

  • Pursuing goal orientated challenges

And most importantly relaxed individuals with big smiles!

We can offer a range of equine activities -promoting fun whilst engaging minds and keeping active,  to the more goal orientated equine facilitated learning – developing structured programs focusing on individual requirements and skills. Certificates can be awarded at the successful completion of each goal. These programs are created for each individual and can range from increasing focus or mobility, learning to trot on the horse or as far as going to a competition.

All equine learning programs are on a one to one basis allowing a structured personal approach. Equine activities can be one to one or a maximum of groups of 3.

Ground sessions/Stable Management are also available, small groups/schools/care homes can be catered for. Please call for more information

At present we are open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the week  where we offer

  • private riding sessions
  • Group ground sessions
What do ground sessions involve?  Our ground sessions vary in activities from, grooming, learning to tack up, muck out, work with the small animals - we can even learn to lead the horses through courses and have little competitions.  Please look at our pony club page hands-hooves for more info - /rda1/hands-hooves-pony-club 

Saturday Fun

Every other Saturday we hold our Hands-Hooves club.  The activities vary but the general structure is a 15minute riding session and 45minutes of fun - this could be in the classroom, doing grooming, going to the sensory room or even a long ride round our sensory trail.

If you would like to ride with us send us an email at and we can organise a visit.  Visits are by prior arrangement only.  Before commencing activities we will ask to fill out some forms so we can learn about our clients and assess suitability for the different activities.