We are proud to offer a variety of skill-based and health-based activities, tailored to suit young people of all ages and abilities.

Our primary focus is to deliver a service which prevents and intervenes in the development of mental health and other psychosocial issues that affect young people.

In regards to our horsemanship clinics, please note we are not a “riding school”. Horses In Mind operates through a unique peer tutoring programme. Our team of experienced ‘horse people’ staff and volunteers will be happy to share all they know about horses and horse riding with you.

How our horses are changing young lives, bit by bit.

  • fostering protective factors which reduce the risk of poor life outcomes, and increase resilience in young people
  • creating opportunities for young people at risk (of mental health issues, disengagement from school/work/family, involvement in the youth justice system) to interact prosocially with their peers and alongside mainstream kids
  • creating opportunities for marginalised people to get active, feel valued, and share in a sense of community
    • offering supervised volunteer, return to work and peer mentoring programs for young people, to share skills and participate in meaningful activity, working on the land and with animals.
  • encouraging young people to build interpersonal skills and self-confidence
    • through activities which require team work
    • reducing distress associated with more direct social skills interventions by using the horses and farm work as a common focus
  • delivering affordable access to skills-based (horsemanship) and health focused (equine assisted learning, farm therapy) activities which promote physical as well as mental wellbeing and a sense of mastery
  • applying animal-assisted learning principles; that is, every Horses In Mind activity is viewed as an opportunity to teach adaptive skills which are transferable to daily life
    • Emotional awareness and regulation
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Distress tolerance
    • Flexibility
    • Problem solving skills
    • Independence and responsibility