Project information

Changing 500 lives

In 2019 we will transform 500 lives when talk-therapies or programmes aren't working. Our award-winning, well-evidenced programmes teach those with multiple complex problems how to be calm, confident and effective.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: TheHorseCourse

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  • Need


    TheHorseCourse provides equine-assisted interventions for those from 8 years - adult who are socially isolated because of anxiety and/or problem behaviours and for whom talk-based approaches (therapy, counselling, etc) are not working. All our work is by referral from professionals in mental health, social work or education and we work in close partnership with them.


    Our skilled facilitators support participants one to one with highly trained horses, setting tasks and challenges that are fun but challenging – such as asking the horse to kick a giant ball through a goal, jump a barrel or step on a pedestal, without any pulling or pushing. Each task will only work once the participant is able to provide calm, clear leadership and our facilitators repeatedly coach to success until these skills become habits which can transfer to "real life".

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To change the lives of 500 people in 2019


    » Equine-assisted programmes to improve psycho-social skills

    What success will look like

    We will publish our results in our annual report

  • Impact


    Research shows that our interventions profoundly change peoples lives. 70%+ improve:
    - engagement with education, training, work;
    - relationships
    - reduce problem behaviours (self harm, aggression, isolation etc)
    - feel more self esteem and hope
    Our data will continue to be monitored and analysed by Bournemouth University. See


    We carry full charity insurance to cover all our public liability and other risks. We maintain a risk register with board oversight, risk assessments, policies and procedures for safeguarding, equality & diversity, safer recruitment, staff training, DBS checks, first aid, equine management, etc.
    We have successfully undergone due diligence checks by our local authority and numerous funders such as BBC Children in Need.


    We create an annual report we send out to supporters and funders who do not require a specific report. We are also in contact with supporters and donors through regular emails and social media (Facebook & Twitter).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Equine Assisted Interventions A proportion of our annual budget
  • Background


    We work in Weymouth, Dorset where the majority of our service users live. It was a former Navy town and now falls within the worst 20% on the IMD and 4 specific wards (Littlemoor, Melcombe Regis, Underhilll, & Westham) fall in the bottom 10%. WPBC is both the most deprived and the area with the highest crime rates for anti-social behaviour, sexual offences, and domestic abuse in Dorset. It also has the 3rd highest level of child poverty in the South West.


    Each year, we have approximately 500 participants in our ReStart and Lighter Touch intervention programmes and approximately 40 volunteers, many of whom are past participants.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are leaders in the field of equine-assisted interventions with an unrivalled evidence base for the impact of our work - evaluated by numerous Universities and experts. We have been running our organisation for 8 years and have strong relationships with our local referring professionals. We have a huge local support base of ex-participants, their families and the woider community. We are a stable, respected organisation and winners of the 2017 Small Charity BIG Impact Award.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Harriet Laurie

    Founder & CEO