equine facilitated therapy

Welcome To Horses 4 Life

Experience the unique benefits of our equine therapy courses, where our gentle horses transform into your personal therapists! We take pride in offering Equine-Facilitated Learning and Equine Therapy tailored to the specific needs of adults and children aged 6 years and older.

We offer sessions for people struggling with

  • Mental health problems
  • PTSD
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety 
  • Self-harm
  • School refusers
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN)

As an AQA Unit Award provider, we welcome people from all walks of life and with all backgrounds.

We also welcome people with autism, ADHD and other types of neurodiversity.

Equine-assisted learning helps manage emotions, build confidence and communication and teach responsibility. The magic of therapeutic horsemanship lies in these magnificent, gentle giants!

Feel at ease

Despite their impressive size, ranging from 400kg to 900kg, our adult horses have a remarkable ability to instantly put you at ease, making them perfect partners in your therapeutic journey.

Often referred to as ‘Equine-assisted mental health’, ‘Equine-facilitated psychotherapy’, or simply ‘Equine therapy’, this innovative approach is gaining popularity. It’s all about quality time with horses to enhance your emotional well-being.

If you’re feeling stressed, anxious bullied or harassed and need the support of an equine friend, equine-assisted therapy could be your path to a happier, healthier you! Unleash the healing power of horses.



Welcome to Stonehill Stables, your haven for equine-assisted therapy near the charming town of Chudleigh, Nestled between Haldon Hills and wild Dartmoor. We offer a serene setting for therapeutic horsemanship, with friendly ponies and experienced professionals welcoming individuals and groups alike.

Our equine therapy involves a team of gentle ponies and trained mental health helpers. We understand that traditional environments like classrooms may not be the easiest places to share worries. Our child-led sessions provide a safe and nurturing environment where our students can learn to understand their own behaviour and emotions through mirroring, body language, and mutual trust.

Stonehill Stables equine-assisted learning programmes focus on boosting happiness by teaching valuable skills with the help of our ponies. We use a variety of different activities ranging from grooming and feeding our ponies, petting them and tidying their stables. With our experienced team’s guidance, participants will lead the horse around an obstacle course where each obstacle they tackle will encourage them to self-reflect, set and respect boundaries and explore alternative ways to overcome problems.

Our forty-foot round pen enables us to teach the importance of non-verbal communication using natural horsemanship techniques.

Each equine activity is designed to enhance emotional management, improve confidence, foster a sense of self-worth, teach about setting boundaries, and promote independence and social connections.



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