What We Do

Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship offers a range of activities to suit the diverse needs of participants. Please contact us with your interest and any other enquiries. We look forward to working with you.

Therapeutic Horsemanship
This form of intervention provides the opportunity for people to gain new skills, increased confidence and other benefits through participating in equine based activities centred on a positive horsemanship approach, in an outdoor, rural environment

Equine-Assisted/Facilitated Therapy (EA/FT)
Sirona has qualified therapists who facilitate these sessions which are particularly beneficial for young people for whom conventional therapy is experienced as too intense or threatening

Equine-Assisted/Facilitated Learning (EA/FL)
These are horse based-educational sessions for young people who find the formal classroom environment challenging. Sirona also offers C & G Level 1 in Horse Care Course in partnership with Bicton College and Level 2 Horse Care as an apprenticeship.

Nature-Based Activities (NBA)
An additional intervention to our equine-based sessions, for young people to benefit from time spent in nature and learn about our natural environment. Nature-Based Activities Pilot Project Report.

Equine-Based Mindfulness (EBM)
One of our range of equine-assisted activities where young people can be introduced to mindfulness breathing techniques through the horses – so a less intense way of experiencing mindfulness than in a traditional therapy session.

Equine inspired creative activities where young people can increase advance personal and social development, develop their creativity and thinking skills and the enrich their communication and expressive skills. Equi-Art Project Report.

Programmes to Suit

• Taster session followed by six, twelve or ongoing sessions
• Session length – 1hr, 2hr and ½ day (depending on requirement)
• Programmes can be tailored to suit needs
• Fees available on request

Partnership Agencies

We work/have worked with:

Devon County Council Children and Young People’s Services
Local Schools
South Devon Youth Offending Team
New Life Services
Action for Children
Pupil Referral Units
Devon County Council
Cornwall County Council
Torbay Council
Local Schools and Colleges
Careers South West
Y-Smart Drug & Alcohol Support

Participant Feedback:

‘My experience at sirona was life changing, when I first started I will admit I was sad and angry at the world and didn’t know what to do, but when interacting with the horse it made me realise that I was not alone and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I made great attachments to the horse and people working there and I am forever grateful.  As a consequence of being at Sirona I am now working at a racing yard and hopefully off to newmarket racing school next December.’ – Participant

‘The girls have learnt to look after and respect horses which has helped them look after themselves and each other. For ‘Z’, seeing how many times a horse breathes – I’ve noticed that when she gets panicky her breathing has slowed down so she’s much more relaxed.’ – Parent

‘…she (child participant) is much calmer and relaxed and a lot easier to communicate with. She shows true feelings and emotions for the horses and misses them when away from them for too long.’ – Parent

‘X’ (child) didn’t speak all the way to Sirona, she looked sullen and uncommunicative. When I came to collect her a different girl greeted me, she was smiling, chatty and very excited because she had photos of herself and the horses. Sirona has made a big difference.’ – Family Practitioner

‘…. is my favourite (horse). She is very calm which is good when I’m feeling anxious as she calms me down.’ – Participant