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Hoof Club CIC - SEN/D - Equine Assisted Learning

Equine Assisted Learning can provide life changing emotions for those on the autistic spectrum

Hoof Club CIC based at Rein & Shine riding centre provides Equine Assisted Learning to schools, and private pupils.

A horse does not judge, and children with emotional and social difficulties who have had negativity in their lives can see enormous benefit in building a bond with an animal that becomes a positive experience, which helps buid confidence and self esteem. 

'A horse's ability to read human emotions is perhaps why we turn to them in times of need' says Johanna McDonald.

'Horses naturally look for a leader and in domestic circumstances they turn to us for guidance, which gives riders a sense of purpose and a way to improve confidence and self-awareness. This can enhance mental and physical well-being which can help build social skills.'

Please see our Case Studies for examples of how our courses and sessions can be of great benefit.

FREE SCHOOL TASTER SESSIONS - available to schools to visit, and try our facilties with the pupil(s) that may benefit from the rewards associated with Equine Assisted Learning. 


'On behalf of Uplands School and Uplands Educational Trust I would like to express our sincere thanks to John and Jo for the way that you have responded to the needs of our SEN students. 

You have listened and responded to the individual needs of our young people, who have complex learning disabilities, with empathy and clear expectations. 
Rein and Shine’s ability to be flexible and adaptable means that you offer real inclusion opportunities for our most vulnerable learners. 
You have been fantastic! Thank you.

Jackie Smith, Executive Headteacher

Nyland Campus primary school in Swindon, a special school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs, have been benefitting hugely from their sessions at Rein & Shine. Nyland Campus Principle, Becky O'Brien, is delighted with the results.

She said:

'The children, and staff, thoroughly enjoy these sessions and gain so much from this opportunity. It's fantatstic to see children, who are faced with so many challenges trying to get through the school day, become completely immersed in these sessions. The therapeutic side to their time here is outstanding as we watch children so engrossed in caring for the horse after they have been riding. It's also been great to see children become more resilient and conquer their fears and anxieties by riding the horses. We're extremely grateful to all at Rein & Shine for making this possible.'

Hoof Club CIC is a not for profit Community Interest Company based at Rein & Shine

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