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I-Pegasus – Equine Assisted Learning

For those on the autistic spectrum, life changing emotions can be provided by Equine Assisted Learning.

I-Pegasus based at Grove House Stables provides equine assisted learning to schools, and private pupils.

Adults and children with emotional and social difficulties who have had negativity in their lives can see enormous benefit in building a bond with an animal. That bond becomes a positive experience, which helps confidence and self esteem. A horse does not judge us.

“A horse’s ability to read human emotions is perhaps why we turn to them in times of need” says Johanna McDonald

Riders of all ages get a sense of purpose as horses naturally look for a leader. In domestic circumstances horses turn to us for guidance. This improves the rider’s confidence and self awareness. Social skills can be built and enhanced by mental and physical well being.

For examples of how our courses and sessions can be of great benefit please see our case studies:

FREE SCHOOL TASTER SESSIONS – available to schools to visit, and try our facilities with the pupil(s) that may benefit from the rewards associated with Equine Assisted Learning.


Misterton County

Primary School

Head Teacher

Mrs J Cappleman-Jackson

Grovewood Road, Misterton,

Doncaster, S Yorks. DN10 4EH

Tel   01427 890284

Fax    01427 891707


 21st July 2014

Dear Mr Stennett,


We would like to continue being part of the Saddlery Scheme during the next academic year 2014-2015.


The children who have already experienced the programme, have really enjoyed themselves and have grown in confidence as a result. As some of the most vulnerable pupils in school, we have seen an improvement in their self esteem and a greater willingness to be involved in the social aspects of their education. This has allowed them to perform more effectively as learners and has ultimately had a positive impact on their results.


The children develop a greater sense of responsibility as a result of the programme and have become noticeably more confident around school. In addition, horse riding at the stables has allowed many children at Misterton Primary School to experience an element of physical education that they would be unlikely to experience otherwise.


We look forward to visiting Grove House Stables again in this autumn on agreeable date to commence the first course? Please let me know.



Yours sincerely,




Yvonne Reeson

Deputy Head teacher



Equine Assisted Learning – Case Studies

Case study 1

Child A is a young (under 10 years) old girl who regularly displays violent behaviour to other children, carers and parents. She has ADHD and is also on the autistic spectrum. Her home life has been turbulent resulting in and inability to show caring to others making her too disruptive to go to school for more than a few hours a day. Attending i-pegasus has taught her how to care for living creatures, and develop an understanding of the need to respect living beings and in turn herself. Here she was very shy, contrary to her behaviour at school and home. Never has child A shown any violent or uncaring behaviour to the horses, in fact she has become attentive and caring towards them. The development of her calm and focus now enables her to incorporate riding into the weekly session.

Animal Assisted Therapy of caring for horses has progressively improved child A’s communication with adults at and away from the centre. There has been a reduction in disruptive behaviour, improved sleep patterns and for the first time, excitement and motivation to go back to the horses every week, such a positive impact.

There are so many ways in which Animal Assisted Therapy can help people Adults and children affected by abuse, mental health and physical disabilities to name but a few.

Therapy from horses provides something that humans often can’t.

Case study 2

Child B is a teenager with special educational needs. He suffers from emotional and social disabilities. He has shown a constant love of animals especially horses. Child B struggles with his sleep and motivation and usually displays a negative defeatist attitude towards himself and his abilities, not believing he can achieve at any level. Child B has been engaged in a three day a week programme studying a British Horse Society qualification, which would be required should he go on to work with horses. Child B was taught in small modules and passed every assessment, which improved his confidence .Improvements were also seen in his school work and he even managed to pass exams which he thought was previously unattainable.

Case study 3

A group of four children have a weekly two-hour session which includes horse care and horse riding. These children have violent or emotional behaviours can be difficult to control for parents, carers and the school. At first this group were too nervous to even get on a pony but through the I-Pegasus program at Grove House Stables they have improved to be able to ride independently. Taking part in the care modules is relished by each child. The levels of personnel growth, concentration, confidence and teamwork have improved greatly. The most noticeable change is the carer’s ability to control the children onsite. Throughout the week the children are looking forward to their visit which enables the carers manage their behaviour and channel this into positivity.

Equine Assisted Learning has contributed in improving confidence, motivation, self esteem and personal growth in all these cases plus many more.

I-Pegasus at Grove House Stables is offering an activity week W/C 19/03/18