"The relief of young persons suffering from mental disability or emotional distress or neurological disorders through the provision or assistance in the provision of equine activities and therapies to help meet their needs and enable them to participate more fully in society."
So many children with social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties find it hard to cope with traditional school settings. Others are on the autism spectrum or have disorders such as ADHD or attachment disorders and again, are often excluded from school.
Topics that are traditionally taught in a school environment, maths, literacy, creative writing, geography, history, art and music for example, can be equally, and usually more, successful when taught as part of an horse-based approach in a safe outdoor environment.
Also incorporated are problem solving, self-awareness, anger management and communication skills, but always working with the emotional and confidence levels.
Horseshoes and Handprints assists with funding children and helping them to access equine therapy at a centre most suitable to their needs and location.