Helping Hooves is a unique combination of equine therapy provider and accessible country club, with a beautiful cottage garden to boot – giving a truly rich offer of support and activites to fulfill the holistic needs of people experiencing ill health and treatment.
Our therapies and activities take place across our three venues, assisting health and wellbeing while reducing anxiety and isolation, and assisting to build confidence alongside a sense of peace and normality.
Our Horse Yard
Home to our 11 older horses and ponies all selected for their gentle nature and understanding of their work around people, our horse yard is located in Upper Swanmore, near Bishops Waltham, Hampshire. People join us here for therapy and counselling and group activities. We can also offer bespoke activities for small gatherings i.e. afternoon tea and small birthday parties.
The Snug Country Retreat
The Snug is quite simply a space like no other. It is a converted early Victorian Granary dating back to 1842. It offers a comfortable seating area around a large, Canadian log burner, dining space and a well equiped pantry. Below the lounge area is our ‘messy space’ where a variety of arts and crafts and gardening activities take place, and every Saturday morning we run our Tack & Tuck Shop selling second hand horse and rider wear along with tea and cake. The Snug is also available for others to hire. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Tucked away on the beautiful Longwood Estate, The Snug is accessed from the A272 Petersfield Road, between Cheesfoot Head and Cheriton.
*please note it is an old building and there are steps. The adjoining cottage with access ramp can be provided should it be difficult to access the Snug lounge area.
So called as the garden is in memory of our Founder’s son, Laurence Withey.
Between chemotherapy treatment and spells of neutropenia, Laurence enjoyed being able to spend time in the garden which is alongside the Snug and at his home on the Longwood Estate, near Winchester. He would when possible potter and help his mum with small jobs, entertain friends who came to see him and generally find the space ideal for reflection. He fully appreciated the therapeutic power of the garden and wished for others to be able to benefit from it too.
People can simply relax or enjoy some light gardening with the opportunity to grow their own produce, or make something to take home such as a handmade floral garland or herb pillow.
Tel: 01962 771441