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 Services Lead 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 detremental impact on both a patient’s and care giver’s lives.

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 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 tips for wellbeing. Feeling in control is paramount for anyone’s treatment journey, and we will help you consider options and 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. Session times are pleasantly kept to just a morning or afternoon.

Shopping & Events

Our Tack & Tuck Shop is a special little venture helping us raise funding through the sale of donated horse and rider wear.

Come along to browse our stock and enjoy a cuppa and cake! Pre-booking required please to ensure social distancing contact us here

Small gatherings – we can offer you use of our venues and outdoor spaces for your own get togethers (in compliance with official Covid-19 safe practice) contact us here

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 is going to be harder than ever due to our reduced operations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

So, we have launched an appeal on our Localgiving page to raise £1,000 to go towards our winter feed bill. Please support our furry friends if you can!https://localgiving.org/feedhelpinghooveshorses

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