Sirona Coronavirus (Covid-19) Current Position
Sirona is still open* (subject to continuing government guidance). We have conducted a risk assessment outlining how we can work safely. This is subject to regular review and change as advised. Click here for our full statement and risk assessment, on our health & safety page.
Levels of referrals are still very high and as a result we have a longer than usual waiting list. Please bear with us.
Therapeutic Horsemanship (TH) 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.
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!
We‘re now settled in our new home
After many years of planning and fundraising, we moved to our beautiful new bespoke centre on the Dartington Hall Estate, near Totnes, in the autumn of 2018. 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 have been developing our nature-based activities.
More details and MAP of where we are
See our crowdfunder film on our work here: