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What is Pony Share?

 

Pony Share is for children, young people and adults who want the opportunity to build a long-term relationship with a horse but where circumstances or financial reasons have made this impossible.  The places for this programme are either funded by the attendees, part scholarship, or full scholarship.

 

 

Each person will have pony/horse that is ‘theirs’ on the day they come, whether once a week or once a month, that horse is theirs. During this time they will participate in all aspects of horse care to ensure the wellbeing of the pony and they have the opportunity to have horsemanship lessons if they wish. Our aim is to teach each of our pony sharers how to be a good partner and leader for their horse and equip them with the skills and confidence to own their own horse by the time they leave us.

 

 

 

 

As part of Pony Share you will learn:

 

 

Natural horsemanship

 

Stable Management - How to care for a horse including budgeting for their upkeep

 

Equine first aid, horse welfare and foot care

 

An introduction to competing (English and/or Western)

 

Training their horse - Including fixing vices and working with rescue horses

 

How to be a good leader

 

And most importantly how to have fun with their horses!

 

 

 

 

Please note: We are not a riding school. We teach our pony sharers Natural Horsemanship skills, which generally does not include ridden skills.

 

 

 

 

We also organise trips for those who wish to join us. These range from taking the horses to the beach, hacking, going to a horse show or play days, to trips to Hickstead and Olympia.

 

 

   

 

 

Equine Partners CIC is dedicated to education and will be supporting people in gaining the skills they need if they wish to gain Equine Qualifications.  We also organise visiting instructors and equine professionals to come and give talks/lessons and demos, so that our pony sharers gain a wide range of skills and experiences.

 

Some of the ways we use Pony Share

  • To develop confidence and initiative as young people begin to make decisions (with support initially) for themselves about what they are going to do
  • To develop self-esteem as we set them up to succeed and they flourish in receipt of positive feedback
  • The development of patience and learning to cope with frustration and anger. Horses do not always understand or do what we ask of them. It is a valuable life lesson to learn how to cope with this in a calm way (shouting or swearing at a horse has never been known to make it do what you want)
  • Learning to be tenacious.  When working with a horse we will not allow a young person to give up. It is bad for the horse to stop before something is finished on a positive note. Sometimes this involves tears and ‘I can’t do it;’ ‘he won’t do it’ and invariably they both do succeed and the smiles say it is all worth it
  • To enjoy being out in the fresh air. To enjoy physical activity and rejoice in the things their bodies can do. To understand the importance of keeping healthy for them and their horses (where appropriate this can lead to conversations around the risks of drug and alcohol misuse)
  • To participate in positive activity and have a focus to sustain them even when they are not at the stables
  • To learn to relax and take things at a steady pace. To enjoy breathing deeply and removing adrenaline from their system
  • Time free from electronic gadgets. The young people soon leave their phones behind as they find they don’t want the constant interruptions
  • To provide listening ears for when life is difficult and to help them work through tricky situations that may arise in their daily lives
  • To support children who are on the Autistic Spectrum, have Asperger’s syndrome or ADHD. To enable them to participate in positive activity in a sympathetic environment (we have horses who will match their energy or teach them to work in a calmer quieter way)

 

The Benefits Of Pony Share

 

Through the Pony Share element of the programme, EP provide long-term opportunities for children and young people, who would not otherwise have the chance to do so to have continued access to horses and personal development opportunities. This enables those who join the scheme to build a long term relationship with the horse and in doing so develop personal characteristics and skills of responsibility, commitment, keeping safe and to manage their own emotions especially frustration and anger.  They learn how to communicate effectively and work with others and in a group setting.  We also support education, return to school or going on to college.

 

 

 

Our training method

 

We use the Parelli Natural Horsemanship method of training with all our horses and ponies.  Everyone handling a horse or pony is shown how to play with them in this way. We find that this approach and the ethos of Parelli fits well with what we do and supports the young people with many positive qualities and life skills such as clear communication, patience, a sense of justice and a willingness to constantly learn and improve.

 

It is import to be clear that we do not 'teach' Parelli as we are not Parelli instructors, we simply support our Pony Sharers on this journey if they wish to take it.  We do however have visiting Parelli instructors come to teach them. If you want to find out more about Parelli please have a look at their website www.parelli.com

 

Disclaimer  “Parelli Natural Horsemanship™ is a trademark of PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, INC. which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site”

 

 

 

How much does it cost?

 

Our Pony Share sessions cost just £20 per session and last for 2 hours! Compared to a standard riding or horsemanship lesson of a one hour lesson from around £25-45 at a Riding School, we not only offer our pony sharers a great deal more support, but a much more affordable price!

 

And as we all need support sometimes, we offer places for this programme either funded by the attendees, part scholarship, or full scholarship.  Please contact us for details about this. 

 

 

 You can download a Request For Service Form here

 

 

 

A quote from one of our Pony Sharers


" Yes, Charlie may not be mine fully. But I love him. He is my best friend as well as my wonderful pet. He cheers me up when I see him and makes me laugh with his cheekiness. I couldn't ask for anything more than my pony. We've had our ups and downs but at the end of the day he has made me stronger, emotionally and physically. We have learned to trust each other, when riding bareback in just a halter to having the podiatrist do his feet, to me crying when I'm riding to just wanting cuddles. I wish to have this with every pony I meet and have. So my dream to become a Parelli instructor and rehabilitate horses will come true even with the amount of bumps in the road. Thank you Charlie for showing me my true colours and what I want do in life ♥"

 


Our ponies

 

All our horses and ponies are selected specifically for this programme because of their nature and character. Some of our horses and ponies are rehabilitated rescue horses so you will get a chance to help with furthering their education if you wish. They vary in size from very small to very big and different ability and challenge levels, which enable us to match you to the right horse for you.