Centres offer a short taster session where you can find out more about the centre, the learners are able to meet the staff and the horses and together you can decide on which programme might meet your needs.

If you’re not sure which programme to choose, attending a Taster Session can provide you with more information about the courses and help you to decide which one might be for you.


During the Taster Session you will have time to:

  • look around the centre
  • meet the staff
  • ask any questions you have
  • see the horses and other animals
  • find out about the programmes on offer and talk about the ones that might be relevant.

“My son’s anxiety eased when he could visit the centre, meet the staff and see the horses before starting the course.”

The Taster Session aims to:

  • reduce anxiety for the learner and increase understanding of equine assisted learning
  • provide an opportunity for the learner, parent, carer or support worker to familiarise themselves with the setting and ask any questions
  • help you to decide whether equine assisted learning will meet your needs.




All the facilitators are specially trained to use empathic listening skills and a range of communication techniques.  All the sessions are based on a person-centred approach, enabling each individual to reflect on their experiences in their own way and in their own time without fear of judgment or criticism.  There is no riding involved as sessions are all based on the ground.
There are lots of fun activities though - from having a horse walk with you loose, to den-building, arts and crafts.