Horse Time is a SCIO that facilitates the delivery of evidence-based mental health and trauma interventions with feedback from horses. This unique combination builds on the known benefits of evidence-based processes by harnessing the psychological and emotional benefits of working in partnership with a therapeutic herd of horses.
Why do we work with horses?
Horses are able to give immediate, honest and non-judgemental feedback on how our behaviour is interpreted by others. Their ability to see the person behind the coping strategy validates that person’s lived experience, creates trust and provides the co-regulation necessary to catalyse the change process.
How does Horse Time create change?
Experienced trauma therapists, informed by the authentic feedback provided by the horses, utilise appropriate tools, strategies and evidence-based processes to increase client awareness and provide the insight necessary to support the change process and subsequent recovery.
We have the right skills to make a difference
Our unique blend of expertise caters for a wide variety of needs, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our beneficiaries, in a safe and supportive natural environment.
But it's all about funding
The biggest challenge Horse Time faces is to fund the ever-increasing number of beneficiaries desperately trying to access the transformational solutions we can offer.
And we need your help to do our work
The more funding we can raise, the more people we will be able to help. We need your help to ensure that we can expand our programmes to help transform the lives of many more people. Please donate now
Our programmes create the opportunity for personal, emotional and relational learning insights that ultimately enable people to process and resolve their difficulties, form better relationships with others, and reach their full, unique potential.
This programme addresses a wide range of problems that emerge from difficulties in emotional and relationship management.
By increasing personal awareness, we are able to recognise and manage our emotions and triggers more effectively.
As we become more resilient, we are better equipped to set healthy boundaries and build positive connections and relationships in order to create and live the life we want.
Follows on from Resilience and Regulation – Strategies for Life
This programme explores psychological frameworks, which help to explain our behaviour. By discovering which core beliefs drive our emotions, thoughts and behaviours, we are able to separate ourselves from our coping strategies.
This allows us to determine which strategies are successful and replace those that are sabotaging our lives and preventing us from reaching our full unique potential.
In this programme we help you to explore the behavioural patterns of depression and learn how these behaviours impact your mood. We support you to make strategic changes that will help you alleviate your depression and take charge of your life.
This programme helps you to understand the differences between worry, anxiety, panic and fear.
We teach you how to identify where your anxiety comes from and use healthy coping strategies to modify your thought patterns and manage distress.
This programme helps you to understand your neurodiversity and the challenges you may face on a daily basis. We resource you to manage overwhelm more successfully, develop healthy coping strategies, feel more confident and improve your relationships.
This programme helps to demystify neurodiversity. We explore diagnostic criteria, challenging behaviour and coping strategies, as well as supporting and resourcing those working with or caring for neurodiverse people with alternative, more successful, communication and regulation techniques.
This programme helps children to cope, and resources parents to support themselves and their children through times of distress.
We provide a safe space that enables honest communication and recognition for all individuals, helping to create family harmony and resilience.
Horse Time also delivers bespoke programmes of individual trauma therapy. We recommend attendance of at least the Resilience and Regulation workshop programme before beginning individual work.
This prepares beneficiaries by increasing self-awareness and understanding of their experiences, and resources them with the tools they need to build the resilience required for successful trauma processing.
Attending additional workshop programmes has a positive impact on the efficacy and sustainability of therapeutic outcomes.
For an update on our latest activities, see our Annual Review Summary 2019/20:
For topline information on Horse Time and our various programmes, see our brochure:
“As soon as I started working with Horses the effect was immediate. For the first time in years I felt like I could breathe again…”
Vince, King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) veteran with PTSD
The success of our team lies in the individual skill set and experience each member brings to the delivery of our programmes. This combined with our value-based approach enables us to provide the best possible experience and outcomes for each beneficiary.
Colada is brave, curious and playful.
Favourite thing: Squeaky toys
Favourite pastime: Having her ears scratched
Special talent: Giving the most excellent cuddles!
Our boundary specialist who helps people overcome their fears.
Favourite thing: Jumping
Favourite pastime: Spotting crocodiles in the Scottish countryside
Special talent: Has a vivid imagination!
Fiona manages the yard and helps to look after the welfare of the horses, the team and the programme participants. She lends her own personal experience to supporting and modelling personal growth and change. She is responsible for local fundraising events for Horse Time.
Zeus and Thor are the latest additions to the herd. These lovely little Dartmoor Hill Ponies are half brothers and are collectively known as the Wildlings.
Favourite thing: Each other
Favourite pastime: Playing for treats
Special talent: Running in step together
Lucy brings a soft and nurturing energy to the herd and is Olive’s mummy.
Favourite thing: Olive
Favourite pastime: Stealing quiet moments in the sunshine
Special talent: Showing people exactly what they need to see, even when they don’t know what they are looking for
Marianne is an equine facilitated psychological trauma therapist with 30 years experience in mental health in the NHS, working with children, adolescents and families. She has owned and bred horses for over 40 years and is perfectly poised to combine her skills in both arenas to facilitate potential growth for Horse Time beneficiaries.
Eric is the smallest member of the herd, standing at a magnificent 32″.
Favourite thing: Zips and shoelaces
Favourite pastime: Tipping over wheel barrows full of poo
Special talent: Changing colour with the seasons
A true gentleman, Chester is always polite and charming.
Favourite thing: Eric
Favourite pastime: Hanging out with Eric
Special talent: Helping people overcome their fear of horses
Billy is a gentle giant and the Horses for Forces Mascot.
Favourite thing: Being groomed
Favourite pastime: Eating
Special talent: His ability to grow a magnificent handle bar moustache in winter
Vince served with the KOSB, seeing active service in Northern Ireland and the Gulf. The Horses for Forces programme evolved after he participated in individual equine facilitated trauma therapy. Vince now volunteers as a mentor and a horse handler. He is an advocate for the success of the Horse Time programmes.
Jasper is a superstar.
Favourite thing: Hay
Favourite pastime: Mutually grooming the other minis in the herd
Special talent: Holding space for the magic to happen
Our very own little ‘Black Beauty’.
Favourite thing: Apples and sunshine
Favourite pastime: Long walks in the countryside
Special talent: Helping people overcome their insecurities and anxiety
Olive is the baby of the herd.
Favourite thing: Her mummy
Favourite pastime: Pushing boundaries with the older members of the herd
Special talent: Being adorable!
Erin is an ardent supporter of the change process we facilitate here at Horse Time. She is our administration and PR coordinator and runs our social media channels. Please do take the opportunity to see what we are up to on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @horsetime.org.
Kat is an expert horsewoman who has worked empathetically with horses for 25 years and is fascinated by the special alchemy of therapist and therapeutic herd. She oversees the training of the herd, and is responsible for evidencing and reporting the impact of our interventions and programmes.
Sue is an equine facilitated psychological trauma therapist and founder of Horse Time. With a background in teaching, she writes and delivers the life skills programmes with the support of the Horse Time team. Sue is passionate about facilitating the possibility for change in order for people to reach their full unique potential.
A very big horse in a very little body. Bob is our resident ‘Rock Star’.
Favourite thing: His hair
Favourite pastime: Breaking down barriers… particularly our fences
Special talent: Modelling… because he’s worth it!
Sabine is our fun-loving Fjord who loves to engage with teenagers.
Favourite thing: Magic tricks
Favourite pastime: Houdini impersonations
Special talent: Magically appearing in fields where the grass is greener!
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Horse Time SCIO, The Steading, Little Swinton, Coldstream, Berwickshire TD12 4HH
We are located on a farm called Little Swinton in
the Scottish Borders, approximately 12 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed.