Our Therapeutic Herds
LEAP works with three therapy herds, at our sites in Berkshire, Norfolk and Derbyshire. With such a large family of horses it would be impossible to include them all here. But as you can see we have lots of different breeds, sizes, ages and personalities!
Our horses come from a variety of backgrounds, some are rescues, others were born with us, others were bought for other jobs but chose to become involved in our work. Some are ridden and compete in a number of disciplines including: polo, dressage, working equitation and quadrille. But the most important thing for our herds is they live as naturally as they can, with other horses, with plenty of turn out and down time between clients.
At LEAP we see our horses as our Co-Facilitators so their physical and emotional welfare is paramount to our programmes and workshops. They support the work we do with clients and they’re not ‘tool’ for our therapists.
Our ethical frameworks support the wellbeing of our horses as without them we couldn’t do the work.
We have been privileged to work with some amazing horses over the years, some are no longer with us but their impact is still very present in our work we do:
Our venues are dedicated therapeutic centres, which means the horses are kept in a way that keeps them happy and healthy for their work with people, and they get lots of peace and quiet too.