About New Horizons
New Horizons has been an EAQ Approved Centre since 2011 and has been offering a range of equine assisted learning and summer activities to children with learning difficulties, young people and adults in the New Forest and surrounding area.
There are three horses and seven ponies of varying sizes and ages. The smallest herd members are Shetland ponies and the largest is a Shire x Irish Draught. The youngest is 5 years old and the oldest is 23 years old.
The centre is set in a lovely location at Foxlease, near Lyndhurst in the heart of the New Forest. The facilities include 19 acres of pasture made up of one large 15.5 acre field including a river running along the bottom providing a natural water source for the horses and one smaller 3.5 acre field which includes a shelter, round pen, grooming area, space for vegetable patches, general storage and use of meeting room in beautiful buildings. There is access to wash room and toilet facilities with some disabled access.
New Horizons works with a variety of client groups with various learning needs including children and young people with learning disabilities between the ages of 5 and 19, many of whom attend clubs in school holidays and at the weekends. These activities have been funded by Hampshire County Council shortbreaks and are an inclusive activity. Some of the learners have been attending since the beginning in 2011 but new faces are always welcome.
The local infant and secondary schools support the centre by referring children to Saturday and holiday clubs and the centre also offers sessions on a one-to-one basis for those who are struggling in class.
The centre provides sessions for adults in the active stages of recovery supported by Hampshire County Council substance misuse team. These groups attend for a six week course as part of their recovery and there is the option of moving on to national units through EAQ's accreditation with OCN London.
Qualifications are also delivered to people who have been unemployed for a long time as part of a programme with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) where the centre has been running courses for the long-term unemployed who are taking steps to get back into work.
Work experience is a step for people who have completed the DWP course as well as people seeking voluntary work and work experience.
Through EAQ's accreditation with OCN London, New Horizons is able to offer nationally-accredited units and qualifications at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 including employability and animal care.
"We can't thank you enough for everything you have done for our son and his development. He has had so much fun and learnt so much about horses and how to interact better with people.”
“I love the horses and all the staff, the horses are so gentle and friendly. the staff are very friendly and very welcoming.”
“New Horizons is the only thing she has enjoyed attending and able to do so without myself needing to stay the whole time. I have tried many different activities and she has not enjoyed any as much as working with your horses - she loves it! We have noticed a big improvement in her self- esteem and at school, where she is really quiet and speaks in a whisper all day, they have recently said she is coming out of her shell more.”
“The main changes though have been to his confidence and ability to cope with stressful situations or stressful periods such as exam. He has learnt to temper his frustration and to manage the stress so that it doesn’t get out of hand. This has not only benefitted him now and in the future but has made a substantial difference to family life. His attitude to his brother has improved and things are not so volatile at home.”