If it doesn’t CHALLENGE you, how will it change you?

 
 

The Herd

We have four horses who are ready and waiting to meet you. They all have very different personalities but they are all very happy and loving.

 

Star

14.1hh Welsh Mare

13 years old

Likes : Her own space , going on walks and being groomed.

Dislikes : Change , the vet and being wet.

Star is very cautious with a new client but she tries her best for everyone.

It can take a while to earn her trust but when you do the feeling of partnership working is so worth it.

Star came to us in 2015 having been passed around a lot, as a consequence of her past riding her isn't easy, so we took the view that she can take as long as she needs to recover from her past, there is no need or rush for us to ride her and that makes her perfect for working in the centre.
 

Diego

12.3hh Irish Gelding

6 years old

Likes: Scratches , food , and playing games.

Dislikes: Breakfast being late and being bathed .

Diego is our only boy horse , and he is incredibly laid back.

He is still young so when clients work with him sometimes he doesn't understand what they are asking, but his training improves with every session.

Diego came to live with us in 2017, he was a rescue cob that didn't grow tall enough for his last owner and so he came to us to teach horsemanship .
He is a cheeky chap who is always on the look out for a mint .

Theodosia (Teddy)

13.3 Welsh Mare

2 years old

Likes : Playing, rolling in mud , being a baby.

Dislikes : Being clean and being left alone .

We met Teddy at 5 days old , having chosen her parents and having to wait for what seemed like FOREVER for her to be born , we went to see her in May 2017 and she came home in October that year.

Her training is just starting now , we take things very slowly with her because she is very much a baby , and she doesn't do much with clients yet. but she is used for observations and some low level work.

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Foxy

10hh Standard Shetland Mare

4 years old

Foxy is our newest recruit , she came to us in mid January 2019 as we were looking for a quiet little mare to work in the centre and to enable us to take one or more of the other horses out and about without the remaining horse becoming lonely and upset.

In the time we have had her weve thoroughly tested her resolve and she has proven to be a solid little mare who isn't phased by anything. We look forward to seeing her develop and seeing her bringing her cheeky personality to entertain clients .


 

Human Herd

Our Team has several human members , Horsemanship facilitators , mindfulness facilitators, volunteers and many behind the scenes support members and partners. If you’re interested in joining the team please message us for current opportunities .

 

Bridget

Lead Facilitator /Centre Manager .

Likes: Good Cinema, Five Guys burgers and lazy days with her husband and kids on her days off.

Dislikes : Mud, broken fencing , and missing out .

When Bridget first had Star, the plan was for her to rehabilitate and ‘enjoy’ Star as a ridden horse, but it soon became apparent that this was not the best course of action, and so Bridget started to think about what ‘job’ Star ‘Needed’ .
Its true to say that being a horse is more than enough job for Star, she deserved the best of care and it didn't matter really if she never worked again. But something wouldn't stop buzzing in Bridget’s mind, that she could help people. Having experienced periods of depression and poor mental health herself she knew how horse therapy worked , and so the journey to help others began.

Bridget works daily at the centre managing the yard and running the majority of horsemanship sessions.


Darren

Mindfulness Lead

Likes: Barbershop Singing , Rugby and Beer .

Dislikes : Not getting enough sleep and being too hot or too cold.

Darren has been married to Bridget since 2007 and has supported the need to get the centre off the ground from day one.

Being ex forces meant that Darren was acutely aware of how much damage can be done by not dealing with mental health issues . Having seen many people suffer with PTSD and deep seated depression issues , he now dedicates his time to working within the NHS and hopes to train as a mental health nurse.

Darren leads our mindfulness sessions and guided meditations , he also takes horsemanship sessions from time to time .

Lexy

Trainee Facilitator

Likes: Hamilton the Musical , 80s music and studying interesting things .

Dislikes : Being teased .

Lexy is studying at Derby University , but in her spare time she likes to donate time to her facilitator training . She assists in sessions especially at the weekend and is always happy to help if we have a group in need of additional support.





 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Other Staff Members

We have some herd members who are neither human or equine! They are always happy to lend a soft little ear to listen , or more often than not just get under your feet until you say hello!

 

Captain Jack Sparrow

Peg-leg pirate tabby cat

1 year old

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Matilda

Tabby cat

1 year old

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Kovu

Black cat

6 months old

All the cats love being at the centre , keeping the vermin down and playing in the sunshine. They can often be found looking for fuss.

Freddie and Mercury

1 year old blue eyed bunnies.

Freddie and Mercury are brothers that came to the centre a few months ago , they enjoy being able to run about in their enclosure and eat up any ‘spare’ carrots, which sadly for them are few and far between if Diego has his way!

If visitors need a time out or a quieter few minutes we often sit them with the bunnies to soak up the peace.

Pippin

Ferret (age unknown )

Pippin is a beautiful little chap. Rarely handled by visitors due to ferrets being prone to nipping , he will chitter at you if you visit his enclosure and hop about until you stamp your feet and ‘dance’ with him!