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Safety Information

Horses Helping People is a specialist therapeutic horsemanship centre.

Health and Safety

We are a licensed Riding Establishment (licensed by Aylesbury Vale District Council) and thereby open to health and safety inspections.

We have been visited by the Bucks Fire Safety Officer and followed their recommendations.


We require participants to wear safety helmets and suitable footwear when riding or leading the horses. These can be borrowed from us.


We hold £2,000,000 public liability insurance cover with KBIS for therapeutic horsemanship activities including riding.


It is recognized that activities with horses carries an inherent risk as horses (like humans) can be unpredictable. However, as a therapeutic centre, we aim to minimize that risk by using suitable horses under supervision of trained staff, and assessing the capabilities of participants and horses plus external risk factors (such as weather) during EACH session. All our activities are risk assessed and continuously reviewed – risk assessments are available on request. To date we have had no accidents or reportable incidents at our centre.

Child Protection

Debbie La-Haye is the trained Child Protection Officer. Our child protection policy can be viewed on request.


Sessions are run by Dave Johnson and/or Debbie La-Haye, directors of Horses Helping People, assisted by trained volunteers.


Volunteers who assist with sessions will have had two checked references and a CRB check. They will have been trained in horse safety and how to assist clients. They will not be in sole charge of clients.


Horse welfare is paramount to our organization. We have a team of eleven horses who are respected as partners in our work, and are matched appropriately to activities and clients. Our horses are trained using non abusive training methods, and are kept in an environment which fulfils as many of their natural needs as possible. Participants are encouraged to be actively involved with the care and wellbeing of the horses, and any physical abuse towards the horses will not be tolerated under any circumstances.