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Inspiring Learning & Healing through horses

This is our flagship programme.  It is flexible and versatile and the core of our model at Thera-Pony

During this programme, we use Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL). 

About the programme

Sessions may be short or long term. Each block starts at 6 sessions long, each lasting 1 hour and offers time to reflect. No experience with horses is necessary.

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) is the type of intervention used during our Ponies Helping People Programme and is delivered through a trauma-informed lens. The methods we use include equine activities and an equine environment in order to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth 


 Our program can help the individual build confidence, self-efficiency, communication, trust, perspective, social skills, impulse control, and learn boundaries.

As well as equine-based activities we use other techniques such as mindfulness & movement.


We work with children & young people aged 5-25 from across Tayside and Angus who are living with the effects of adverse trauma and/or struggling with mental health issues, emotional and behavioural problems, and those who are isolated or disconnected in schools

This is a versatile course designed to help build confidence, presence and self-efficiency to aid mental wellbeing in Children & Young people.

Intake & Outcomes

​The Ponies Helping People Programme is an intervention where Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) is delivered across a block of sessions to either 1-1 or small groups.  They are fun, insightful and effective. Each session is tailored to the individual client's needs, are client-led sessions, and goal-oriented.


 EFL sessions are great for promoting

  • confidence,

  • communication skills,

  • relationships,

  • responsibility,

  • teamwork and

  • personal achievement.  

  • mental wellbeing


Working with ponies who have naturally calming natures can have a powerful impact on a person's social, emotional and mental well-being and the benefits have been shown to improve cognitive and sensory processing, emotional regulation and overall physical development

The Ponies Helping People Programme is aimed at children & young people who are struggling with mental health issues, emotional and behavioural problems, learning difficulties, additional needs or a neurocognitive condition such as Aspergers, Autism, ADHD or those who have experienced trauma, isolation or who may be disconnected in schools.

What's included?

  • 1hour session

  • 6 sessions per block (min)

  • child-led at their pace

  • certification upon completion

  • skills development

each session offers time spent with the ponies and time to self-reflect as well as other

techniques such as mindfulness and movement. 

Get in touch for more information.

Ponies Helping People Program: Courses
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Equine Assisted Activities

Pony agility is just one of the activities we use during our sessions. Agility with the ponies is a great way to build a trusting relationship, learn problem-solving skills and teach patience.

Annalese and Rosie demonstrating exercise #1 Building trust.

This is the simplest course with minimal 'scary spaces' a great starting place for clients. As their confidence grows the more challenging we create the course and in turn, the more learning opportunities present themselves.

Ponies Helping People Program: Video


to help align the body and mind

When we work with clients, its important for them to be present in the learning and healing journey.

Movement and Mindfulness are just one of the techniques we use during our sessions to help align the body and mind.

Activities like these have physical benefits as well as mental, they improve balance and co-ordination skills - much-needed skills when working with horses and ponies. They help manage stress through breathing and incorporate concentration techniques.

Ponies Helping People Program: Video
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