Here at Smugglers Riding School we proudly announce that
we now offer Therapeutic Horsemanship sessions.
What is Therapeutic Horsemanship?
Therapeutic horsemanship boasts many benefits for adults and
children with behavioural challenges, mental health problems and learning difficulties.
Working with the horses can help to improve your mental and
physical wellbeing and social skills and will improve self confidence and
It’s about building trust and a partnership between horse
and handler; it’s not all about riding, however this may be beneficial to some.
The sessions are 45 minutes and are tailored to your individual
needs. We cover a range of activities
with the horse, our main aim to make it an enjoyable experience of building
relations and trust with the horse whilst learning new skills.
Watching horse behaviour and interaction
Learning how to take care of a horse, this will
range from, grooming to
feeding to mucking out
Understanding how horses communicate through body
language and energy
Understanding different ways of interacting –
through means of leading, long reining & free interaction
And occasionally riding (12st max and at our
For schools we can link horse activities to your curriculum –
please call for more information
How can Theraputic
(We are NOT therapists and we do NOT offer any form of counselling or
There are many benefits, horse interaction can improve mental
and physical wellbeing and will help all from every background even those who
struggle to engage.
Confidence: horses open lots of doors to learn,
explore and grow. They can help you overcome
obstacles and fears which contributes to a sense of achievement. If you can engage with and control a 500kg
animal – you can do anything J
Horses mimic our reactions and behaviour and therefore can
help us understand our own behaviour; this gives us greater awareness and the
option to explore different behaviour.
A growth in confidence = improved self awareness.
Social: horse relationship building helps us practise
the required skills when building relationships with other people. This involves trust, empathy, negotiation,
compromise and boundary setting.
Many people are more willing to engage in a non-verbal relationship
with a horse.
Reduces stress and helps with relaxation; horses allow
us to experience non demanding physical contact. Just being around them and stroking them
helps to reduce stress levels and being in a calm peaceful environment will
also help decrease anxiety.
Physical Skills; Handling horses helps to develop
body awareness and co-ordination. Helps
develop balance and precision as riding and groundwork use both sides of your
body and different parts simultaneously.
Activities with horses involves exercise without having to
go to the gym.
Horses need caring for and looking after, their needs come
first, all this will help encourage nurturing skills and self discipline.
Being with horses develops lots of new skills all whilst
having fun in an enjoyable relaxed environment all this helps increase
Many skills talked about above are experienced in everyday life
in all social situations such as school work relationships and by working with horses
can help develop these skills.
Cost: There is a charge of £25 for each 45 minute session.
If you require any further information or would like to book a session
please contact us.