About Us

HorseHeard  is a registered charity working with horses to promote positive emotional health and resilience outcomes for children, young people and adults in need.

Who do we work with

We aim to provide impactful targeted social and emotional solutions for groups including:

  • Those in full time education
  • NEETs (young people not in education, employment or training) and young people at risk of becoming NEET
  • Armed forces personnel returning from service overseas and/or leaving the military
  • Couples with parenting challenges and/or families exploring relationship issues
  • Charitable institutions, community bodies and socially disadvantaged individuals and/or groups

Our philosophy

We always use our best efforts to ensure the physical, mental and emotional safety of our clients, our co-facilitators and the horses we work with.

Interacting with horses in equine facilitated learning can bring life-changing insights. Horses are at the heart of what we do; they are equal partners and co-facilitators in our programmes. Our role as facilitators is to create and hold the space for the horses to work their magic.

We do not work with horses in round pens or in other confined spaces, to avoid putting horses under pressure. We respect horses’ needs for friends (equine companions), freedom (living out / turnout) and forage (grazing).

Our model delivers principally at equine facilities with other people’s horses; our aim is that their experience in working with us is always a positive complement to their usual daily activities.

Our philosophy is one of trust, respect and co-operation – with our horses, our colleagues and our clients. We do not subscribe to any particular system of horsemanship; we are open to learning from those with whom our values are aligned.

What we offer

We focus on the provision of high impact interventions which combine classroom based exploration and discussion with practical experiential interaction with horses. The approach is to deliver services that reflect the requirement, in so doing we aim to be flexible such that we can tailor the deliverable to accommodate the needs of individual attendees. We can deliver as a strategic partner in boarder programmes or as a sole partner offering our own in-house developed programmes.

We can be deliver all around the UK as we have a network of trained representatives and facilitators.

BEING FRIENDS

The Being Friends programme sets out to work with mainstream Primary Schools and Year 5 school children and their teaching staff to develop emotional resilience.

The core outcomes from this programme are about developing and maintaining friendship and community, specifically:
– Develop and maintain friendships;
– Work with and care for others;
– Increase confidence and self-esteem, and;
– Reduce inappropriate behaviour through awareness of choice.

Read more about the experience: http://horseheard.com/news/being-friends-all-around-the-uk/

TAKE THE LEAP

Take the LEAP is our programme which works with college students and other teenage groups to develop life skills sought by employers.

It targets leadership and employability, helping them to develop and practice SMART goal setting. Through a combination of individual and group challenges they can sharpen and demonstrate their self-awareness and confidence, as well as the ability to work with and influence others. Developing skills that are applicable from the examination room, to the interview and on into the workplace.

Those attending the programme should expect outcomes which reflect:
– Heightened self-awareness and core-life skills;
– Attain a greater level of confidence and self-esteem around personal goal setting;
– Understand one’s personal power and the benefits of self-management;
– A greater understanding of the demands of the workplace

Read about the experience: http://horseheard.com/news/manchester-students-take-the-first-leap-with-horseheard/

Please email for more information: info@horseheard.com