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IHWT launches equine assisted learning and therapeutic course

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Equine assisted therapy and learning can help people of all ages with cognitive, physical, social or emotional challenges.

Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT) regularly welcomes visitors at its farm and now aims to provide an opportunity for people in the community to participate in educational and therapeutic activities in partnership with the horse. The horse charity is hosting its first 3-day Equine Assisted Learning and Therapeutic course, taking place on 17th,18th and 19th of August at the IHWT farm in Woodenbridge, Co. Wicklow.

“We believe that interaction with horses is positively mood altering and promotes mental well being,” explains Sharon Newsome, founder of the IHWT.  “This relationship requires trust, respect and empathy to grow and encourages problem solving and coping techniques as it develops. Self confidence is boosted and communication skills are strengthened. These skills are then transferable to other areas of life.”

IHWT education officer Lesley Jones and the IHWT team of humans and horses will deliver the programme. Jones has just returned from a HEALS (Horse Energy Alleviates Living Scars)  Dr. Maire O’Connor Memorial scholarship placement at the world renowned Fortune Centre of riding therapy in the New Forest, Southern England.

To find out more, contact IHWT at (0404) 45720 by email or visit

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