How we’ve helped

Tower House Horses CIO works with Hampshire County Council’s Mental Health & Substance Misuse Teams, offering equine assisted recovery as part of community rehabilitation. Learn about some of the people we’ve helped here:

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Sarah

“When I went into recovery I had very little confidence and self-esteem. I learned so much from the horses about how my own emotions can impact on people around me. I am genuinely happy with the direction my life is headed. I know what I want and I have the confidence to go out and get it…”

For those struggling with their emotional health, interacting with horses can have significant impact.  Emma suffered from anxiety, depression and self-harm for many years. Being with the Tower House herd made a huge difference to her ability to cope.

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Emma

“I cannot tell you how grateful I am to you and your awesome horses. Even just being in the field is incredibly calming. I have noticed I haven’t been thinking negatively or being self-critical. I feel so much more relaxed, I can’t quite believe it!”

Ex-offenders need support to help them re-integrate in the community. Our programme is designed to provide the confidence and transferrable skills they need in order to avoid re-offending.

Key findings from preliminary research into the effectiveness of equine assisted therapy by Dr Adrian Needs, a chartered psychologist with many years of experience in prisons and related settings, indicate that our approach “may have considerable value as a catalyst for change in clients (such as veterans and ex-offenders) where this can be difficult. It may also provide a metaphor and a paradigm for increasing our understanding of personal change.”

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Martin

“I have less self-doubt. I can now focus on believing in myself.”

We help families in crisis by building trust, learning to recognise each other’s strengths and needs and improving communication.

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Michelle

What this experience gave us was quality time together to help us resolve our issues as a family. The horses taught me to be mindful and to slow down. I am always in a hurry to get things done and I sometimes don’t get anywhere with the kids, but then I remember what I learned at Tower House Horses and I get a much better response by being calm. We were honoured to be given this experience. It’s a great way to learn about ourselves, to communicate better and work as a team. This is something we will never forget.”

Young people whose behaviour is challenging can benefit from connecting with horses away from the classroom setting.

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DB - H’s Foster Carer

“In foster care with a history of attachment, anger and behavioural issues, by the age of 12, H had been totally excluded from mainstream education, and was attending a pupil referral unit two hours a day. Six months on, there was a marked difference in her. It is my firm belief that the opportunity to explore experiential learning with horses has empowered H to understand and relate in human terms, the impact of her behaviour on those around her.”

Learning with horses offers a different perspective on parenting. Our programme for parents of children with special needs provides much needed time and space for personal development and valuable insights.

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Becky

“I have learned a lot about myself as a person and as a mother. How important it is sometimes to take a step back and observe, so you can see what changes need to be made. I feel I am more understanding than I was before joining the group.”

 

We believe in the importance of building credibility based on evidence, which is why we use pre- and post-course self-assessment questionnaires across all our projects to track clients’ growth and change. We map their level of satisfaction in specific areas of life on a scale of 1-10, where 1 is low and 10 high. Our growing bank of qualitative data supports our claims for the efficacy of equine assisted learning. These are a few examples:

Equine Assisted Recovery programme - analysis of questionnaire data across five cohorts of residents of a treatment centre who each attended 6 x 2 hour sessions:

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“Change For Life” project – for ex-offenders, veterans and those in recovery from substance misuse – analysis of data from 13 respondents who each attended 6 x 2-hour sessions:

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“Herd Wisdom” project – for perpetrators of domestic violence referred by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company – analysis of data from 4 respondents:

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