Jackie from one of Carr Gomm’s Edinburgh services has just finished her 6 week course of equine therapy. She attended the sessions at The Drum in Gilmerton.

The Drum Riding for the Disabled Trust has horses that benefit the lives of over 200 disabled children and adults per week. They provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by their amazing volunteers, instructors, and donors. By working through equine therapy, participants develop skills including communication, self-control, problem solving and accountability, as well as improving self-esteem, empathy, flexibility and independence.

Hazel King, a support practitioner working with Jackie, attended the equine therapy with her.

She said: “The horses were so very patient, and the staff were very knowledgeable, organised and experienced. Jackie was able to relax and take things in her stride. I would definitely recommend this as an activity. It’s helped Jackie develop her concentration skills, while encouraging her to groom and walk the horses, and interact with new people. It is a fantastic form of therapy!” 

As the last session was in autumn, they were surrounded by the beauty of the countryside.

If you want to learn more about Drum’s Equine Therapy, visit their website here. If you want to learn more about Carr Gomm support, click here.