For many of our children Ride High is the highlight of their week and provides a friendly environment where they feel happy and safe. Trips, visits and residentials are a key part of the Ride High Programme and play an integral role in the development of our children's education, social skills and aspirations. They also enable us to maintain an important connection with our children over the holidays when they don't have the supporting framework of school.
Educational trips and visits
We aim to provide the children with educational and fun experiences over the school holidays. Trips include visits to farms and wildlife parks, horse riding centres, even a film studio; opportunities that in most cases would not be accessible to them.
Ride High organise three-day residential trips during the summer holidays. These have previously been at The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy in the New Forest. The aim of the residential is to use this time away to build and reinforce skills that we cannot do during regular sessions at Ride High. The children have the opportunity to develop their riding skills and understanding of how to care for horses during the day, and engage in life skills and social activities during the evenings such as meal preparation, planning activities, team games and group discussions.
"Ride High is the only thing Jane leaves the house for. Extended stays in hospital due to an eating disorder have had a major impact on her education and social life. Although she was originally anxious about the residential trip she had a lovely time and managed to join in all the activities. She really enjoyed the hack in the Forest and was pleased with herself for having managed it". Parent.