Enabling personal development &
improving mental health

Programmes are designed to meet the needs of every client. Click below to find out more about:-

Equine Facilitated Learning Practitioner Training

Equi-Scotia CIC is developing accredited training for practitioners wishing to deliver equine facilitated learning or therapy in their local communities. Taster workshops (currently delivered online due to covid 19 restrictions) provide an introduction to the process and signpost relevant study materials. The first cohort of practitioners will receive their practical training at Shiresmill therapy Riding centre in October 2020.

New Income Streams for Equestrian Centres

Equi-Scotia CIC is open to developing new partnerships with existing equestrian centres to help them create new income which does not cause physical wear and tear on their horses. The work lends itself to centres where horses live as natural a life as possible, preferably in a herd, and indoor facilities are required. Establishments that keep horses stabled but create maximum opportunities for horses to socialise might also provide suitable venues. Please contact us to explore potential opportunities for your centre which can support mental health of individuals and groups in your local community.

Leadership Development experiences

Equine facilitated leadership development helps surface new insights about participants impact as a leader through experiential learning with horses. 

As prey animals, horses live in the moment and are experts in non-verbal communication.  In the wild, each time a horse makes a noise it gives a clear signal to predators of the location of the herd.  They have evolved a highly effective non-verbal communication system, and they only respond to leaders that they trust.

Working with a group of horses is an ideal way to gain insight into group dynamics, leadership, and difference. Observing a herd of horses is like observing the original social network.  Becoming part of that shifts the herd dynamics, and this is where leaders really find out about themselves and their leadership style.

93% of communication between people is non-verbal, and by focussing on non-verbal cues delegates  will gain an understanding of how to tap into all of their senses to lead more effectively. 

Taster experiences are available for organisations and individuals with responsibility for staff and leadership development programmes. 

Bespoke leadership and team building events can be designed to meet the needs of organisations of any size.

Click here to get insights from leadership clients

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

What is…
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a developing treatment in which humans interact with horses in their natural environment as a tool for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a mental health professional / therapist, a horse professional and the patient.

EAP is experiential in nature; this means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, then discussing and processing feelings, behaviours and patterns.

The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship, it takes place purely on the ground. The therapy involves activities with the horses which will require the client or group to apply skills such as assertiveness, problem-solving, taking responsibility, relationship building and leadership.



This alternative but highly successful treatment method rapidly breaks down defence barriers, providing immediate cause and effect situations and promoting change from dysfunctional patterns to successful ones.
EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that uses the dynamic nature of horses to address addiction and a variety of mental health and human development needs including challenging behaviour, attention deficit disorder, depression, abuse issues, eating disorders and relationship problems.

    Young Peoples Programmes

    Equine Facilitated Learning lends itself well to developing confidence and transferrable skills in young people experiencing disadvantage. Programmes can be designed to meet the needs of each client, and typically can expect to improve:-
    Ability to build healthy relationships
    Communications skills
    Employability skills
    Social and emotional competencies

      Taster Workshops

      During covid 19 all workshops are offered through online learning. Join others interested in learning more about Equine Facilitated Learning from the comfort of your own home. Each 3 hour session provides an overview of the Equine Facilitated Learning process and experiential learning designed to increase your own self-awareness and to begin to hone new skills. Additional learning materials are signposted for those keen to progress home study.

      Delegates completing a half day introductory workshops who wish to become fully trained facilitators are invited to apply for a place on the Equi-Scotia Equine Facilitated Learning Practitioner programme which begins with an online induction in September 2020.

      EFL Practitioner Training

      With practical training scheduled for October 2020 the Directors of Equi-Scotia CIC will be delivering a high-quality learning experience for practitioners at a tranquil venue of Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre, in the heart of Central Scotland. Those with the necessary skills and experience can expect to fast track their training to qualify as practitioners in Spring 2021. Click here to register a note of interest and you will receive full programme details once approved.