Ride High changes lives
Over 80 children come to Ride High every week for up to a year and follow a programme of structured learning which includes learning to ride and care for horses and associated clubroom projects.
The children are driven to Ride High on our minibus and attend a two hour session; the first hour is spent riding, the second in our clubroom.
Time spent with the horses promotes confidence, responsible behaviour, respect and trust. It provides the children with a challenge, the opportunity to do something special and to develop a sense of pride as they overcome challenges. The horses are invaluable but they are just the start of our programme.
Structured activity in our clubroom drives the biggest transformation in our children and makes our offering truly unique. In this safe and secure environment our Children's Team work with the children to build their confidence and the life skills required to go out into the world and participate fully in life.
More recently we have broadened our programme and introduced new courses which take place during the clubroom period. Our new courses are allowing us to support the development of additional skills and to appeal to a wider range of children and young people, and they’re proving an enriching extension to our core programme. Three new courses launched so far are: Science, Nature and Portfolio. Read more about them here.
In addition to our weekly sessions Ride High also organise educational trips and visits and residentials during the school holidays and provide their members with volunteering and work experience opportunities.
When they are first referred most of our children are underperforming at, or not attending school, and are unable to see a future for themselves. By the time they leave us over 90% are thriving in full time school, college or work experience.
"Ride High was one of the most important influences in changing my life". Ride High leaver.