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Animal Care

Animals can offer an extraordinary amount of emotional support. The horses at the Cardiff Riding School are used in a therapeutic setting to help children navigate challenging emotional experiences. The children will engage in activities such as grooming, feeding, and leading a horse whilst being supervised by a professional. The aim of this program is to help children develop skills such as emotional regulation, self-confidence, and responsibility.

The Animal Care program benefits a wide range of children, including those with behavioural challenges, mental health problems and learning difficulties. It helps to improve mental and physical wellbeing and social skills. It is also beneficial for anyone looking for a new way to improve confidence and self-awareness, or for a relaxing break from routine.

Course benefits and outcomes

  • Learning to care for horses and ponies. 
  • Learning basic horse management techniques. 
  • Perform daily checks on horses for health conditions. 
  • Build friendships. 
  • Build a trusting partnership between horse and human. 
  • Develop team work and leadership skills. 
  • Opportunities to ride horses. 

Where is the course held? 

Cardiff Riding School, 
Pontcanna Fields, 
Fields Park Road, 
CF5 2AX.​​
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