The BHS emphatically believes that horses have a remarkable role to play in developing character and key life skills in young people, regardless of whether more traditional methods have been successful.
Horses are a powerful way of inspiring young people to connect with others, become productive members of society and improve well-being.
To change their lives, we will support young people to gain key life skills and develop the desire to continue within education and training, whilst simultaneously gaining the tools required to support themselves into a career pathway of their choice.
About the programme
Changing Lives Through Horses is a programme of regular sessions, taking place in a BHS Approved Riding Centre with qualified and experienced BHS Accredited Professional Coaches.
The programme is suitable for young people, aged 5-25, who are either permanently excluded, at risk of permanent exclusion or who have special education needs or disabilities (SEND) and those who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET). They may also be at risk of becoming socially excluded with income below the poverty line and without the skills to improve their economic situation.
The programme utilises a range of awards and achievements to create a community for development, learning and celebration. The programme awards are structured around promoting the holistic development of all involved and nurturing six life skills for all young people: building relationships, communication, confidence, responsibility, teamwork, and perseverance.
If you want to find out more information, please contact us by calling 02476 840545 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find a Changing Lives Through Horses Centre
If you know somebody who you would like to refer to the programme, or if you wish to enrol on the programme yourself, please contact one of our BHS Approved Changing Lives Through Horses Centres. We have centres nationwide that deliver the programme and they will be able to guide you through the enrolling process.
Meet some of our young people
To date we have supported over 700 young people on the programme, here are just a couple of their stories:
*Participants names have been changed
Emily had always struggled with school. She existed in a state of profound anxiety and continual mental and emotional dysregulation.
Since participating in the Changing Lives through Horses (CLTH) programme, Emily’s life has been transformed. In contrast to the anxieties and difficulties surrounding her time in school, her eagerness to attend the CLTH programme is palpable and her happiness and enthusiasm in the programme has been noted by her class teachers.
Emily attends two full days each week and is constantly learning, progressing and growing in confidence and self-esteem. She has formed friendships with the other children on the programme too.
The calm and structured environment of the stables has given her a security and purpose where she works hard to control her behaviour and act in a responsible way. The programme has shown Emily that in the right environment she can cope, thrive and achieve.
Amy joined the Changing Lives Through Horses programme in 2020 after Amy's mother saw a feature on a TV talk show about programmes for children with special needs.
The support Amy has received from members of staff delivering the CLTH programme has helped Amy achieve her Level One Horse Care qualification at college and she has remained in education.
She plans to take her Level Two qualification and she has even started volunteering for the programme to help other disengaged young people.
Support the programme
The Changing Lives Through Horses programme relies on donations and fundraising to provide participants with learning materials and resources. Regular training is required for our coaches to ensure they maintain and develop their professional practice.
All donations will contribute towards transforming a disengaged young person into a happy, productive member of society.
You can donate today by visiting our Just Giving page here.
You can also donate by calling 02476 840500* or via post. Please make cheques payable to ‘The British Horse Society’ and sent to:
The British Horse Society, Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, 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
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 email@example.com.
Delivering Changing Lives Through Horses at your riding centre
If you are passionate about helping young people and wish to offer the Changing Lives Through Horses programme at your riding centre then please call us on 02476 840545, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your riding centre is not yet BHS Approved then you can find out about all the benefits and how to become approved.