We specialise in outdoor groups for adults affected by mental health issues, using horses as a tool for emotional growth and learning. In a structured and safe environment, clients are given the opportunity to explore and develop skills such as: non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem solving, leadership, teamwork and confidence.
Being with horses can help develop awareness of the effects of ones behaviour on others and through their uncanny ability to mirror our emotions, horses can spark a better understanding of ourselves. They help us remove our masks and make us behave naturally. They encourage us to maintain our authenticity by giving us trust and respect.
Horses are herd animals and relationships are very important to them, whether with another horse or a human. In this way horses can be a natural and practical tool for developing self-awareness for us all. Their size and presence help us to become physically and mentally more aware.
This project is not about horse-riding, it is primarily concerned with working on the ground with horses in the development of a relationship with them, and using this relationship to reflect back on our own thoughts and behaviours.
The people who take part in the activities come here to learn about themselves and others by engaging in activities with the horses and talking about it. This can then lead into a discussion about their own feelings, actions and patterns of being. Learning by doing is central to the EAT approach. It is not about riding and all the work takes place on the ground. We work as a team.
The activities are held at Birchaven Equestrian Centre, Peckleton Lane, Desford. The farm is set on a hill with beautiful peaceful surroundings. The herd consists of six horses, a dog and two cats. If you are a service provider or interested in our work you are welcome to visit the horses and have a look around .We organise regular awareness building days both for service users and professionals
The project has no independent funds to date. If you are interested in seeking funding as a partnership or being part of a development group please contact us. Our goal is to work in partnership with statutory/voluntary organisations to provide activities with horses for adults with mental health problems and carers.
For more information, contact Ingela on 0116 2470335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org