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Return to Work courses

Running from now to February 2019.

10 sessions of confidence building work experience on the farm. Ideal for anyone over 18 who has been out of work and wants to take the first steps back to the workplace. This course is funded by the European Social Fund, so free to attend. Contact us now to find out more...

2017 Mindfulness dates

Dates now set for Mindfulness workshops!

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Dementia sessions

Free sessions on Tuesday mornings for people living with dementia and their partner or support worker. Come and enjoy a morning in the countryside and enjoy the company of our friendly horses. Email us for more details.

Wag Ns Last Work 1990-2016

It is with great sadness that we let you know that we had to say goodbye to Wag on April 18th.

Having battled through a serious eye injury with her usual strength of character, she then suffered kidney failure and the end was very quick. She was 26 years old.

Wag was one of the founding horses of Horses Helping People. She had lived with Debbie since 1996, having travelled over from her native California as a two year old - manyof you will remember the distinctive brand she had on her shoulder from the E Bar ranch.

Her first job was as a Western riding teacher, and she was beautifully sensitive to ride. She had the incredible speed of a Quarter Horse - you could sometimes see her galloping round the field apparently at top speed, then she would effortlessly go up a few gears to go even faster!

As a therapeutic horse she was very communicative, especially enjoying showing people where she wanted to be groomed or scratched. She was a very confident horse who was happy working with a variety of clients, both children and adults. She was not perturbed by erratic behaviour, but this doesn't mean she was desensitised - she was very aware and responsive to more sensitive people. She also had a role as aerobics instructor, where she would demonstrate moves for a group of special needs children to follow!

Her last session with a client was two days before she died. Wag had noticed that her human friend was learning to do massages, and fixed her with a hard stare, demanding to be chosen! So Wag got her massage, curling her head and neck round her new friend in a horse hug to say thankyou.

She was a fine example of how a leader doesn't have to be obviously dominant. She was always head of the herd, but often people didn't pick her out as the leader because she had a quiet authority that meant she didn't feel the need to keep proving it. However, if any herd member stepped over her boundaries, she was quick and clear in her reminder!

The only area in which she had no boundaries was with her daughter, Goldie, who got away with all kinds of behaviour! Late motherhood came as something of a surprise to Wag. Horses usually like to give birth in private but, when Goldie was due, Wag telepathically woke Debbie at midnight and waited until Debbie and Dave arrived at her stable, then lay down and delivered Goldie at their feet. Goldie is now 8, and still part of the Horses Heping People herd.

We lose a valued member of our team, a friend, and also a big part of our family for 20 years. Hope she is reunited with Buddy in the big meadow in the sky.

A chance to win £20,000 by supporting Horses Helping People!

Buy tickets for the new Vale Lottery, and you could win £20,000 while supporting Horses Helping People! Follow the link to our supporters page and get your tickets now. Thanks to Aylesbury Vale District Council for organising this for not for profit groups in the Vale. (You don't need to live in Aylesbury Vale to buy tickets)

Aylesbury Vale lottery


We are very sad to say we had to have our lovely Buddy put to sleep on 16th May at the age of 29. She was a founder of Horses Helping People and has helped countless people over the years. We are all missing her, but thankful to have shared our lives with such an amazing spirit.

Next 5 day course

Our next five day professional training course is running September 15th - 19th. Ideal for people wanting to find out more about therapeutic horsemanship as a career. Places are limited, so contact us asap to reserve your place. Last chance to train with us at current prices.

Next five day course

Due to demand, we are running an additional 5 day professional training course Mon 30th June - Fri July 4th. Email us if you would like to join us on the course - places limited.

Next five day course

Our next five day professional training course is running from April 28th - May 2nd. Ideal for anyone wanting to pursue a career in therpaeutic horsemanship. Only 2 spaces remaining - contact us asap if you are interested in joining us.

Job vacancy

Care Farm Rural Skills Officer (part time, contract role)
Near Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire
1 day per week / £5,100 per annum (pro rata for 10 months)

The role
Horses Helping People is a full time therapeutic horsemanship centre and care farm providing activities for adults and children from disadvantaged backgrounds. We have recently received funding for the Neigh Team project, which will bring together volunteers (including people from both veteran and homeless communities) to build a nature trail with conservation habitats, create a vegetable garden, and work with driving horses. This contract role will be funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery fund and will run from March 2014 – December 2014. Key responsibilities are:

• Planning a nature trail, conservation areas and vegetable garden;
• Supervising volunteers in conservation work, agricultural and horticultural tasks and horse activities;
• Assessing horses for suitability for driving work, and training to the required standard; and
• Responsibility for health and safety on site.

The candidate
You must be self-motivated as well as being able to work as part of a team. The successful candidate must have the following key skills:
• At least one year’s experience in horticulture;
• At least one year’s experience of working with people with mental health issues;
• At least two years’ experience in conservation and wildlife work;
• At least two years’ experience in agricultural and land management including practical skills;
• At least two years’ experience of working therapeutically with horses and nature; and
• Horsemanship skills to training standard, including driving.

The following skills are considered desirable for this role:
• Awareness of issues facing veterans and the homeless; and
• Recent experience of working in a not for profit organisation.

To find out more about Horses Helping People please visit http://horseshelpingpeople.co.uk.

To apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to info@horseshelpingpeople.co.uk.

The closing date for applications is Friday 21 February 2014 and interviews will be held w/c 24 February 2014.