Island Riding Centre has opened the stable doors to island children aged 8-14 and given them the opportunity to meet and work with horses and ponies during the Easter Holidays. It is a strong belief of Island Riding Centre that everyone should have the chance to ride no matter your background, ability or age.
In partnership with the IOW Council and Wight Horse CIC, the free Easter Activity Club was available to children receiving free school meals and HTP Apprenticeship College supplied free hot meals daily to the kids.
The children learnt how to care for a horse, stable management and nutrition and the day to day chores of looking after horses and ponies as well as horse themed crafts. The kids were given the opportunity to ride ponies and horses and the feedback from parents and carers has been nothing but positive.
Working with horses is known to improve confidence and boost self-esteem and Wight Horse CIC alongside Island Riding Centre are keen to run more activity sessions for the island’s community.