To provide a memorable day of activities and experiences that holistically provide respite, whilst teaching coping strategies for children exposed to the effects of a relative suffering from mental. physical and emotional pressures.
We are passionate about utilising horses and animals to support the education and development of those living with mental health issues or those trying to support people with these issues. Our yard is a calm, friendly, professional place where children and adults come to learn, rest and have fun.
Respite days don’t look to solve the problems, but aim to give these children an enjoyable day where they can build positive relationships with other children, adults and animals and begin to learn how to link how their behavior may help or hinder others.
Our courses are suitable for children aged 6-16. No prior horse experience is necessary. Our aim is to group similar ages together so a large age range on the day will be split into relevant smaller groups.
Boots, hats and other relative safety equipment will be provided. Children need to be dressed according to weather conditions. Lunch will be provided by the Centre. Transport would need to be supplied by the charity or parents. Parental consent for photograph taking will be required.
The day will begin at 1000 with a welcome and chat about the day, all children will be fitted with boots and safety equipment that they will utilise throughout the day.
Morning activities will revolve around working with the ponies, grooming, riding and games will be achieved,
Afternoon activities will be customised for those attending, will be age appropriate and will range through a variety of arts and crafts to land based skills such as building dens and bug hotels.
Day will include:
- All food and drinks
- All protective equipment
- Craft materials, rosettes and photographs
- Specialist staff trained in understanding the effects of living with the pressures of mental, emotional and physical stress
- Use of the Equestrian Centre facilities