Horse therapy for youngsters

PUBLISHED: 19:00 15 July 2012

Equestrian centre manager Janet Keep

Equestrian centre manager Janet Keep

JCL Photography \ Sidcot School

A SCHOOL is using an unusual form of therapy to encourage troubled youngsters back into learning.

Sidcot School has launched its Back on Track programme, based at the school’s equestrian centre, which helps youngsters having trouble adapting at their schools by teaching horse care and riding for two hours a week.

Another riding programme is supporting six students aged 14 or over who had dropped out of school.

Equestrian centre manager Jane Keep said: “We have 10 students on Back on Track and they have been transformed.

“These are young people who are not in school and I’ve seen a remarkable change.”

One youngster attending the riding programme, Eliza Cromwell, 17, of Moorcroft Road, Hutton, said: “I’m dyslexic and found my former school near Weston very difficult to cope with and didn’t do well there.

“I’ve always wanted to work with horses and it’s wonderful here. I’ve been treated with such kindness and feel very happy and relaxed for the first time in a long while.”

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