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Sirona Coronavirus (Covid-19) Current Position

To update you on the current Coronavirus situation, Sirona is still open* (subject to continuing government guidance) to the vulnerable young people who are currently on our timetable. We have conducted a risk assessment outlining how we can work safely. This is subject to regular review and change as advised.

Levels of referrals are still very high and as a result we have a longer than usual waiting list. Please bear with us.

Thank you for your continued support of Sirona.

The Sirona team

*  To ensure that we can remain open and work safely under restricted Covid-19 social distancing measures we have installed a new bigger classroom and office building. The funds for the new building have kindly been provided by The Wooden Spoon Trust and East Devon Golf Club to whom we are indebted for their support.

Click here for our full statement and risk assessment, on our health & safety page.

Email: info@sironaequine.org.uk or Telephone: 01803 868779

Social distancing is crucial to preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Our commitment to keeping our participants, staff, volunteers, friends and the wider community safe remains our primary objective. However, social distancing has severely impacted our income, by preventing us from holding our usual fundraising activities, events and courses.

Our Level 3 apprentice, Cora Willingham, is raising money for Sirona by participating in the SW Coast2Coast Ultra Challenge, walking 102km/63miles with a 2090m climb, from Minehead to Dawlish in 36hrs on the 24th July 2021. If you would like to support Cora with her fundraising efforts please click on the picture of Cora & Chapas below, it will take you to Cora’s fundraising page – thank you. Good luck Cora!

Cora & Chapas

You can also help by joining our Sponsor a Pony Scheme, supported by our patron Nicholas Evans, author of The Horse Whisperer. “Lockdown has been really hard for so many charities and Sirona is no exception. Our Sponsor a Pony scheme is a great way for anyone who loves these fabulous animals to help keep us going. Every sponsorship helps us help those who so urgently need us.”

Nicholas Evans & Chasy

We have moved!

After many years of planning and fundraising, we have finally moved to our beautiful new bespoke centre on the Dartington Hall Estate, near Totnes. The site is nestled in ten acres on the edge of a beautiful south facing valley surrounded by trees and nature. We have a purpose built open barn where the horses can range freely, separate stables, an undercover session area, classroom, an arena, separate round pen and a copse where we will be developing nature based activities.
We look forward to seeing you there soon.
More details and MAP of where we are

See our crowdfunder film on our work here:

Therapeutic Horsemanship

Therapeutic Horsemanship is one of a range of equine-assisted activities with the aim of bringing about benefits in well-being and increasing resilience so leading to more positive life outcomes.

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT), Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) are commonly associated interventions and terms. At Sirona we offer TH, EAT and EAL with a fully qualified team of therapists and teachers, alongside staff with equine qualifications.

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A relationship based on trust and partnership facilitates rewarding horse-human interaction. The approach taken by Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship can be described as ‘positive horsemanship’ as both horse and person are simultaneously learner and teacher. The benefits of horse-human interaction are particularly felt by people for whom self-esteem, trust and confidence has posed challenges.

We work supporting people to:
• Increase self-esteem and self-confidence
• Increase verbal and non-verbal communication skills as well as assertiveness
• Develop trust, respect, boundaries and compassion
• Build a sense of responsibility and empowerment
• Learn new skills leading to further opportunities
• Develop transferable skills and provide an educational resource
• Improve physical health with the associated benefits to mental health
• Have fun!