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Changing Lives through Horses


In the UK, 10.9% of 16-24 year olds aren’t in education, employment or training and 3.5% of all 16-17 year olds.1  1 in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder as do 1 in 5 young adults. 2

Changing Lives through Horses has the potential to reach these people at a critical point in their lives.

Changing Lives through Horses aims to improve the lives of disengaged young people, regardless of their background, and give them the opportunity to develop skills that enable them to return to education and/or employment.We aim to celebrate the powerful impact that horses can have on our society and the unique development of life skills which can help young people for the rest of their lives.


About the programme

Using horses as the inspiration for change, the programme provides an alternative learning environment to mainstream education. The skills developed through the programme meet the requirements of ongoing education and training, employers and participants.

The programme works to develop six key life skills through equestrian activity: Communication, Confidence, Relationships, Teamwork, Responsibility, Personal Achievement.

The framework of activity we have developed is called the BHS Achieve Awards and includes 10 stable management awards and six riding awards. There are also a range of BHS Achieve Skills. The BHS Achieve Skills are activities that can be carried out in the wider equestrian environment, such as wildlife awareness, photography or fix it awards. 


Our vital work depends on donations and fundraising so we can continue to support our BHS Approved Centres to deliver this programme.


Make every pound count

All donations will contribute towards transforming a disengaged young person into a happy, productive member of society.

  • Donate online via JustGiving
  • Donate over the phone: 02476 840500*
  • Donate by post: Please make cheques payable to ‘The British Horse Society’ and sent to:
    The British Horse Society
    Abbey Park
    CV8 2XZ

    Please write ‘Changing Lives through Horses’ on the back of the cheque. Please do not send any cash by post.

*Calls may be recorded for monitoring purposes

Remember to Gift Aid your donation to make it go further. Find out more about Gift Aid here.


Any fundraising support you can offer, no matter how big or small, would be fantastic! If you would like to hold a fundraising event or just find out more about how you could get involved with fundraising for Changing Lives through Horses please get in touch by emailing us at

Success Stories

Changing Lives through Horses aims to help thousands of young people, who have fallen through the cracks in the system, build a positive future for themselves.

Read the inspiring stories to find out how the programme has transformed lives.



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Find a Changing Lives Through Horses Centre

Changing Lives through Horses is delivered on a national scale through selected BHS Approved Centres. Each centre is committed to helping and supporting young people to develop life skills and engage with society positively.

Find a Changing Lives Through Horses Centre


Follow this user guide to find out how to download and use our Changing Lives Through Horses App

Our Partners

Changing Lives through Horses is proud to be working in partnership with children’s charity and mental health experts Place2Be, and a wealth of organisations supporting the development and delivery of the programme.

Find out more about our partners

Contact Us

Please contact us if you or someone you know would benefit from Changing Lives through Horses, or you can help us deliver or support the programme. 

Contact details:
Michelle Thompson, Changing Lives Through Horses Manager
Tel: 02476 840545


1., Dataset for Young People not in education, employment or training, 22nd November 2018
2., December 2018

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