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Last Updated - February 1, 2024

Mare & Foal Sanctuary

Equine assisted learning at The Mare and Foal Sanctuary focuses on developing psychosocial and emotional skills through goal-based outcomes. Equine assisted learning provides experiential learning opportunities for participants with our rescued horses and ponies. Equine assisted learning promotes selfdiscovery, insight and the development of emotional intelligence through carefully structured learner-centred sessions. Participants are guided to relate their learning to their life experience and can gain strategies to apply in their wider lives.

In equine assisted learning sessions, participants and equines choose to interact through a variety of groundbased activities. The horses can also choose how much they want to interact in the sessions. The learning is in the doing. People learn through experiencing representative situations in real time, with the horses offering unbiased, immediate feedback about the person’s emotional congruency and behaviours. Equine assisted learning looks at where participants are now and how they can move forward with the help of horses. Participants practice these new psychosocial and emotional skills and strategies in their lives between sessions.

Alternative provision is only arranged as part of an educational package via school’s or the Local Authority.


Education & Equine Assisted Services Team

Coombe Park Equestrian & Education Centre, 

Littlehempston, Near Totnes, 


TQ9 6LW.

Office Phone Number: 01803 228255

Education Mobile Number: 07949 530962

Email: education@mareandfoal.org

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary, Honeysuckle Farm, Buckland Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 4SA.

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