Our work is all about helping people to win the respect and trust of our small herd of horses at our beautiful rural centre in County Durham. Here are some important things to know:
Horses can read people
Horses have a remarkable ability to read people’s moods and behaviours. We make use of this by bringing horses and people together, so that individuals can see the way horses respond to them. With relatively little intervention from us, this helps people to understand themselves and their behaviours in a new way, and to begin a facilitated process of change.
Our horses aren’t scary
Even people who are frightened of horses needn’t be afraid of ours, because they’re very gentle. No one ever sits on our horses (even us), and you don’t even have to get close to them. Since our horses live a wonderful, natural life, and are never treated unreasonably, they never act unreasonably.
Our horses are our colleagues
Our horses are treated with the utmost respect — as valued colleagues, not as tools or pets. We take great care to work ethically with our horses, and never permit any form of abuse (especially because they’re the only ones in this process who can’t choose whether or not to participate).
Our horses live a very natural life
Our horses live as a herd and enjoy as much of a natural life as possible. For example, they are never ridden, don’t wear horseshoes, and don’t have stables. This means they aren’t distracted from being fully horse — so although they’re invariably pleased to meet visitors, they retain their natural independence and instincts.
Find out more
If you would like to visit our centre and talk to us about what we offer, please contact us for a no-obligation chat.