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Horses and countryside supporting people’s recuperation

About us

Since 2014 we have supported people along their treatment journey, many facing life changes. We believe everyone has the right to accessible, enjoyable activities and to socialise during periods of incapacity, in a safe, non-medical setting.

Our gentle veteran horses and beautiful countryside spaces allow people the time they need to get away from life centred around their health priorities; to relax, reflect and start to grow again. Peer support is paramount in our work – we are a community, not a service. People build new friendships, explore new interests, and find confidence. Our work is recognised by Health & Care Commissioners.

All our beneficiaires are valued members of the Helping Hooves Community and are welcome to remain engaged with us as long as as they wish.

Our response to Covid-19

Our Director of Services has undertaken Public Health England training in Psychological First Aid, specifically aimed at providing Covid-19 well being support.

We will happily discuss your support needs if you’ve been affected by this pandemic in any way.

All Helping Hooves services and operations are risk assessed for the current Covid-19 situation. Some sessions are available and others are due to re-commence in line with Government official advice. Click here to view our latest information.

Pathways to recuperation

Therapy and Counselling

Whether someone is unwell for the short term or longer, lifestyle adjustments often have to be made. These changes can have a massive and detremental impact on both a patient’s and care giver’s lives.

At Helping Hooves people access our therapies to ease their experience of ill health, treatment and life changing circumstances.

Counselling is offered by our partner therapist Jenni Flight MBACP (Accred). BSc.HonsDip.Counselling, Dip Equine Coaching.

Group Activities

Our equine and nature based activities are developed specifically for people experiencing poor mental health, physical discomfort or who’s mobility or cognitive ability has been effected.  Our group activities ensure everyone has a safe experience while enjoying a social time away from the clinical setting.

Study Groups

Join a study group and explore how we can best manage our health and wellbeing. Feeling in control and empowered is an enormous help on anyone’s treatment journey, and our group facilitator will help you consider options and innovative solutions.

For comfort our study groups are delivered from our country retreat The Snug which offers a variety of seating options and space to move about freely as needed, and times are pleasantly kept to just a morning or afternoon.

Shopping & Events

Launching 18 July! Our Tack & Tuck Shop will be open every Saturday 10am to 1pm.

Come along to browse our quality second-hand horse and rider wear and enjoy a cuppa and cake! Pre-booking required please to ensure social distancing contact us here

Small gatherings – we can currently offer you use of our outdoor spaces for get togethers that comply with the Government official advice for Covid-19.

Larger Events – due to the pandemic we are sadly unable to offer our usual annual events. We will let you know just as soon as we can.

Our lovely older horses and ponies need extra feed and hay through every winter. Winter 2020 is going to be harder than ever due to our closure during the Covid-19 pandemic.

So, we are launching a fundraiser via our Localgiving page to raise £1,000 to go towards our winter feed bill. Please support our furry friends if you can!

Become a Helping Hooves Community Member

With the aim of helping as many as possible, we welcome people from across the community; those looking for support, people wishing to sponsor a horse and those wanting to volunteer in a number of capacities.

Contact us for more information