Young people celebrate their personal transformations with HorseWorld

Young people who have worked hard to overcome challenges, were given a festive opportunity to celebrate their achievements together, thanks to HorseWorld.

Our innovative Discovery programme helps children and young people who, for various reasons, have difficulties accessing mainstream education. Through sessions with our specially-selected rescued horses, the young people develop the skills to build resilience, enabling them to cope with the challenges that life can bring.

To celebrate their success during their time with Discovery, we organised for them and dedicated Discovery volunteers, to visit the Olympia London International Horse Show.

Sarah Payton, one of our Discovery facilitators told us a bit more about why the trip meant so much to everyone who attended;

“The transformations that we have seen in these young people during their time with the programme has been remarkable. When they first started at Discovery, some of the young people faced big challenges with their anxiety and confidence in everyday social situations, especially meeting new people. For others, changes to their routine and facing new challenges could be really overwhelming and daunting.

“As they have spent more time with the horses, learning how to take care of them and how they need to be around them to build their trust and relationship, we have seen their emotional and social resilience grow.

“We are so proud of our young people. On this trip, they all broke out of their daily routine, spent time with others they may not have known well and went into an unfamiliar environment which was exciting and noisy! They all used the skills learnt at Discovery to step out of their comfort zones and enjoy the day."

Thanks so much to our students for being so great, our volunteers for being so awesome, our staff for being so splendid, and everyone who helped to make the day possible.

Posted on: 19th December 2019