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High Wycombe School Pupils Take Part in Equine Course at The Horse Trust

“The Horse Trust is a great place to run the course as it has a wide variety of horses from different backgrounds and of different sizes, which is great for working with children,” said Dr Smith. “Children are often particularly interested in horses that have been rescued, as they may have had bad experiences themselves, like being bullied. The shared experience helps them relate to the horse and gives them a sense of achievement when they see an improvement in the horse’s behaviour.”

“We’re delighted to host the Horsewyse training course at the Home of Rest,” said Susan Lewis, Marketing Manager at The Horse Trust. “It was amazing to see the impact that working with the horses can make to the children. At the start of the first session, one of the children was terrified of horses, but by the end was giving them a cuddle and saying that she wanted to work with horses.”

Woodland Short Stay School is also known as the Woodland Primary Pupil Referral Unit. The school is located on Philip Road, High Wycombe and caters for pupils aged 5 to 11. Pupil Referral Units admit pupils with behavioural difficulties and others who can be identified as vulnerable because of their health or social and emotional difficulties.

¹Horsewyse is a Community Interest Company based in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. The company, which is run by Karen and Neil Smith, works with young people and families to build confidence and self-esteem, and improve communication, through equine facilitated learning. For more information, visit:

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