Changing Lives Through Horses

Country Treks are proud to be working in partnership with the British Horse Society to deliver a programme which allows disengaged young people to develop key skills and engage them back in to society.


Nearly one in ten 16-18 year-olds are not in education, employment or training, while one in four young people struggle with low self-esteem, wellbeing and mental health problems.
We are passionate in knowing the positive impact that horses have on people’s lives and that it may just be the answer when all other options have failed.


Changing Lives Through Horses is a powerful way of encouraging young people regardless of their background to learn key skills that could enable them to return to education or employment. The equestrian environment provides people with structure and a sense of responsibility. Country Treks has had great success in providing a fresh start to our young people, where the slate is wiped clean and they are able to learn as the individuals that they are.


Using horses as the inspiration for change, the programme provides an alternative learning environment to mainstream education. The skills developed through the programme meet the requirements of ongoing education and training, employers and participants. The great thing about horses is that you never stop learning, so from putting on a headcollar, learning to ride or working out weights of feeds the framework has been developed to encourage even real life day to day scenarios. Some students may be disengaged by sitting in a classroom and finding school pressures too high resulting in them switching off; but the CLTH encourages practical learning, communication, confidence and teamwork.

Check out one of our greatest success stories here:

Steph CPA Success Story

We also featured on BBC Radio 4 Womens Hour, to listen click here (26:40): 

At Country Treks, we are committed to ensuring the programme changes as many lives as possible, and are working in partnership with secondary schools and youth organisations to provide an array of educational and career pathways to support continued development in an environment which celebrates positive change.