We have a strong affiliation with the British Horse Society and their connections to welfare, access, rights of way, education and riding road safety.
We are happy to work with other organisations to provide riding opportunities thus allowing us to offer the stable as a location for clients with emotional and physical disabilities involving children and adults overcoming trauma of any kind during their lives.
- Smart Goals ( Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed )
- Long term and Short Term Athletic Development
- Career planning
- Raising owner awareness
- Building a network of support through the Equine Community
Our aim is to rebuild the lives and self esteem of the individual whilst they help rebuild the lives of the animals they care for. We are a place where you can gather your thoughts !
Have some time !!
Chat with friends ,meet new ones !!
We are disorganised ,hair brained and Human !!
We understand confidence issues ,We appreciate how life changes can knock confidence,
How a comment might change your life !!
We only are here because horses heal us too !!!
Horses choose us ! They are non judgemental ,liberating, empowering and unique,
The magical attraction that they have to us is a wonder!
We are passionate about sharing what our horses give too all and have an aim to share this with others.
We will be offering apprenticeships as well as training for BHS examinations and the new horse owners certificates. We offer off peak reductions with special rates for mothers wishing to get back into riding during school and term time, Pony Club, Saturday and Sunday clubs for children that wish to learn about how to look after their ponies. Members rates and Happy Hackers club for those of us that just want a quiet life.
Other Members of our team, all of which are admin on site, offer a range of talents, experience of working and counselling a variety of conditions. We can cater for a wide range of clientele, from mental health, physical and learning disabilities, confidence building, sports physiotherapy referrals and the opportunity to have an assessment onsite. Contact us directly to discuss your needs.
What's it all about...
We are privileged to have several very well known instructors on board all of which have taught and trained in a variety of settings .Colleges ,Riding for the Disabled , Pony Club and commercial Stables .
Our aim is to give time , Listen to each learner, Not be governed by the clock . To be versatile to adapt and to be honest about our limitations.
We have ongoing training sessions and mentors in autism and challenging behaviour , Makaton training if we need refreshers to work with those that have limited communication skills .
We don't know it all but aim to tailor our skills and find out if the need arises.
Ongoing e-learning and regular training facilitated by the NHS and links to other training providers in the South West.
Our main aim is to see all riders whatever ability achieve their personal goals and fulfill ambitions. Not only do we facilitate for all able riders, all our instructors are experienced and qualified in dealing with children with disabilities, behavioural issues .Please feel free to contact us and browse our website for more details and information.
Firhill Stables in Bodmin, Cornwall set in 5 acres of the most beautiful Cornish countryside. Firhill is a Victorian cottage that we are lucky enough to call home, it is from here that we have based ourselves with a small but talented team of equine partners offering both riding, hacking and therapeutic horsemanship.
Firhill consists of a 25 x 60 outdoor sand ménage, with stabling for up to 8 horses and our furry pony fleet that have their own separate accommodation. The new barn which houses four horses is an ideal area for stable management training.
All weather covered Dutch Barn
- Stable management tuition
- Pony time
- Practical sessions
- Therapeutic hands on sessions
- To see our clients achieve their full potential and gain understanding, whilst feeling the power and the freedom we experience from these amazing creatures.
- To expand and grow widening public awareness of the beauty and teamwork required in the equestrian sport.
Events and Workshops
We will be holding a variety of workshops throughout the year for skills such as stable management, horse welfare, plaiting, clipping and much more. We have a wealth of knowledgeable people around us who are all more than happy to pass on their experiences and wisdom with relaxing and fun talks to be had, maybe over a drink or two. We will also be setting up a Firhill team for next years events using our beautiful outdoor arena and amazing woodland rides. We will also be able to host a variety of events such as gymkhanas, show jumping, dressage etc... and for those of you who would just like to explore the countryside we will hold pub rides, snowdrop rides, easter hunt rides and much much more.
We are always looking for enthusiastic people to get involved at the stable. We also need escorts for ponies when we visit nursing homes, centres and schools and side walkers for our less able bodied clients during lessons. If you are interested in learning more about riding and stable management or just enjoy seeing the pleasures that horses bring to all, please contact us.
Make learning fun, make it relevant, make it achievable .
Listen to your pupils, be approachable, be a good listener.
Our goal is not to show you how we do it, but teach you to do it yourself.
To reassure that you are capable of achieving your individual learning outcome not by humiliation but re-enforcement .
You have the talent to do it yourself.
A good teacher does not show how its done but shows how you do it !!!