For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

WITH is a Registered Charity
Registered office: Coed Y Llyn Farm, Treflys, Porthmadog, LL49 9YL 

Registered Charity Number: 1147117

Hooves for the Heart

Overview

Hooves for the Heart is a service specifically for children who are adopted or in long term, stable foster placements and their families. It can be offered as a course of six, hour long weekly sessions or as  a five day residential course. This program is based on the method created by the world-renowned instructor Terena Thomas. Run by our Equestrian Director, Lindsey Crosbie, the only Hooves for the Heart method trained instructor in the whole of the UK, it is designed to help heal children and young people to bond with and trust their care givers and address emotional problems and mental traumas by interacting with equines on the ground as well as utilising their movement.

Participants learn valuable life lessons through experiential learning while working with horses. Every session is tailored to the individual needs of each child and have been designed to help with aggression, attachment, attention, balance, behaviour, compliance, coordination, courage, increased listening skills, sensory integration and small and gross motor skill development.

We engage tough young people to create lasting results while gaining a specific understanding of the personalities of each participant. We strive to be sensitive to the relationship that each parent has with their child and to give the parents support and understanding. We seek to enable each child to trust themselves, their parents, their environment and have a high success rate in making a difference in the lives of these children. Parental support and participation is required.

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Eligibility/Requirements
  • Participant aged 3-18.

  • Child is adopted or in long term, stable foster placement.
  • Parental support and involvement essential throughout sessions.

Available Locations
Cost
  • £420 for a course of six sessions.

  • £900 for a five day residential course (two bedroom self catering cottage in stunning coastal location included).

Referral Procedure
  • Referrals for this project can be made by the intended participant, a parent (if the participant is under 18) or by a professional currently working with the participant, such as a doctor, social worker or teacher.

  • Referrals can be made by completing and submitting our Hooves for the Heart Referral form.

  • The referral form is available to download by clicking the link above.