Below is a list of service providers in Northern Ireland that we are aware of. It is not exhaustive; we are happy to add others if advised.
EAL at Gransha Equestrian Centre
Established by Adrienne Stuart over 30 years ago, Gransha Equestrian Centre is a British Horse Society approved riding school and livery yard set in around 42 beautiful acres. Located between Bangor, Newtownards and Donaghadee
Gransha EAL programme is facilitated by Amy Robinson, a trained EAL facilitator who has more recently worked with the Exmoor Pony Trust to deliver sessions to veterans experiencing PTSD and Complex Trauma. Gransha provides 1-1 sessions, small group/family and larger team sessions.
Please contact Amy Robinson for more information 07784809976
Horses for People
Horses for People run Equine Assisted Learning workshops focussed on building confidence, self-esteem, resilience and more harmonious relationships from private horse farm in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty overlooking Strangford Lough (20 mins from Belfast).
Horses for People focus on equipping individuals and groups with life skills to move forward in life rather than holding on to the past.
Rangeview Equine Psychotherapy & Learning
Rangeview supports vulnerable children, young people and adults.
Rangeview have been providing this unique innovative service supporting people of all ages since 2016. Rangeview Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy & Learning is an integrative approach to the treatment of children and adults who have been exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s).
- Autism services – young people
- CAMHS – young people
- Community Mental Health – adults
- TESSA (Therapeutic, Education Support Services in Adoption – children Simon Community – adults
Equine Enrichment is a CIC, based in the North West of Ireland.
Equine Enrichment’s mission is to provide an innovative approach to mental health, offering Equine Assisted Therapies and Learning opportunities using the accredited EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model of practice.
Lough Shore Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning
Lough Shore is ran by Samantha O’Sullivan an Occupational Therapist with specialist training in Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning. Samantha currently provide ground based therapy interactions with horses for adults and young people.
Gortilea Social Farm CIC
Gortilea Social Farm provide a range of opportunities for children, young people and adults with additional needs including:
- Social farm placements
- School based heritage programmes
- Lantra training in land based activities
- Animal based therapies including hippotherapy (incorporation of equine movement in occupational therapy sessions) and equine assisted group and individual learning programmes (hippo club and G.A.I.T.S).
Gillian M Bingham VR FRGS BSc (Hons) Grad Dip Phys MCSP CPTRH PhysioFirst
· Equine Facilitated Physiotherapy and Hippotherapy
· Registered Physiotherapist and Hippotherapy Practitioner
· Chartered Physiotherapists in Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy Representative in NI & ROI
A highly skilled clinician, Gillian has developed outcome measures, established a Hippotherapy facility for people with traumatic physical injuries, tutors on courses and has presented at conferences at regional, national and international levels.
Glenview Farm Equine Learning Centre is a CIC operating in Co. Antrim, run by Jane Magee and her team where a range of equine services are available: Equine Assisted Learning, pony parties, pony play dates, children and adult riding lessons, a sensory trail and.
Glenview work with a wide spectrum of clients, including children, teenagers and young adults with social, emotional, well-being and behavioural needs. Glenview work collaboratively with Social Services, various charities and Fostering Achievement to provide EAL sessions as part of a multi-agency approach and also accept private referrals for EAL, all sessions are facilitated by a certified professional.
In addition, the centre works with young people with autism, incorporating both a sensory garden and sensory trail. As well as catering for those with additional needs, the centre operates equine services for siblings too so the whole family can get involved.
Peace of Mind
Peace of Mind provides Equine Assisted Learning to children and adults with additional needs, such as Autism, ADHD, communication difficulties, social emotional and behavioural difficulties or learning disability. Nicci is an experienced Educational Psychologist who has combined her passion for helping others with her love of horses to provide EAL to a broad range of clients.
Learning in Harmony with Donkeys
Participate in a fun, practical and gentle approach available to children and adults through shared experiences with donkeys.
Simone McCambridge – Tullynewbank Stables
Simone McCambridge is a qualified equine assisted learning facilitator (EAL), master practitioner in emotional freedom techniques (EFT) and a neuro linguistic programming practitioner (NLP)
Tullynewbank Stables aims to improve the lives and life choices of people through working with horses. It is a haven for nurturing well-being and making a positive impact on the lives of its clients.
This is achieved through the delivery of a portfolio of people centred programmes, activities and one to one interventions that will educate, inspire, motivate and make possible client-led changes in behaviour. These behavioural changes will, in turn, promote the self-esteem and self-confidence required to make proactive life choices, leading to successful outcomes and ultimate happiness and well-being.
Riding for the Disabled
RDA NI is a National Charity which aims to deliver therapeutic riding and/or carriage driving to children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities across Northern Ireland. Currently we have 30 member Groups which include 4 RDA owned centres and one Carriage Driving Group. The remaining Groups either hire equines and facilities from Riding Schools or work from private yards. Annually we provide opportunities for about 1000 participants and this is only possible with the assistance of about 750 Volunteers all of whom have regular Access NI checks.
The Donkey Sanctuary, Belfast
The Donkey Sanctuary offer Donkey Assisted Activities (DAA) including Donkey Facilitated Learning (DFL), Donkey Management Programme (DMP) and Wellbeing with Donkeys. These ground-based activities support people’s self-development and wellbeing, helping individuals to better deal with challenging and stressful situations in everyday life, whilst also promoting positive attitudes towards donkeys.
Mindfulness is a core concept of the sessions; individuals are encouraged to become more aware of their experiences in the present moment, in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Sessions usually take place outside, with our donkeys present playing an equal role and the freedom of choice to interact.
DFL is experiential learning in the presence of donkeys supported by a qualified facilitator. The aim of these sessions is to create a space for individuals to discover their own capabilities, offering opportunities to develop wellbeing and life skills, through observations of, and interactions with, the donkeys.
BHS Changing Lives through Horses
Young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) are at risk of becoming socially excluded with income below the poverty line and without the skills to improve their economic situation. BHS aim to re-engage these individuals back into education or employment, to build their resilience, confidence, self-esteem and give them the drive and ambition to be a productive member of our society.
BHS passionately believe that horses have a remarkable role to play in developing character and key life skills in young people when more traditional methods have not been successful. There is a bespoke framework of BHS Achieve Awards which includes ten stable management awards, six riding and also a number of BHS Achieve Skills.
To ensure the correct placement of young people within the programme, we operate a robust referral process and with the equestrian centre scope out the needs and requirements of each participant to ensure these can be met throughout the programme.
There are two BHS Changing Lives through Horses Riding Schools in Northern Ireland—Tullynewbank Riding Stables, Glenavy and Islandmagee Riding School, Islandmagee.
BHS Learning with Horses Course
Northern Ireland has many young people who for a variety of reasons have become negative in their approach to education and life in general. The BHS Ireland wants to provide those young people with a unique opportunity to learn through working with horses.
In the Learning with Horses course students not only learn about the horse, but they also rediscover themselves; how they can better interact and communicate with each other by working together to achieve tasks. The Learning with Horses course offers an opportunity to experience something new and exciting, while helping to improve self-esteem and confidence. For some the course could also lead to future learning opportunities within equestrianism.
Learning with Horses gives young people between the ages of 9 and 17 a snap-shot introduction into the basic care and management of horses, as well as fundamental riding skills. They also discover how to communicate and work with horses, encouraging positive engagement and motivational learning experiences that will be remembered long after the event.
Academic institutes and Training bodies
Temple Grandin Equine Centre, Colorado State University
College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) www.cafre.ac.uk
University of Ulster, School of Life and Health Sciences https://www.ulster.ac.uk/faculties/life-and-health-sciences/health-sciences
Festina Lente, http://www.festinalente.ie/
Equine Assisted Qualifications, http://www.equineassistedqualifications.com/
EAGALA, Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association http://www.eagala.org/
Path International – Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship; https://www.pathintl.org/
IFEAL , http://www.ifeal.me/about-ifeal/
EFETA, Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy Association (Ireland), www.EFETA.ie
Fortune Centre (FCRT), http://www.fortunecentre.org/,
Welsh Institute of Therapeutic Horsemanship,
Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI)
CPTRH (Chartered Physiotherapists in Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy)