Therapeutic horse riding is a complementary but integral component of the Physiotherapy service at Chailey Heritage Foundation. The service, supported by a Hippotherapist, is provided all year round during term-time, as part of our pupils' School Timetable. We also run a Riding Club after School.
Although this activity is much enjoyed by many young people, Therapeutic Riding or ‘Hippotherapy’ has very specific therapeutic targets for each young person as well as incorporating curriculum targets. Hippotherapy uses the movement of the horse as part of a physiotherapy treatment strategy to improve joint mobility, balance, muscle tone and head and trunk control, particularly core stability. It helps with motor skills and coordination, postural control and physical, cognitive and behavioural functions.
However, we do not receive any statutory funding for this provision and must raise in the region of £50,000 each year to be able to provide this facility for our young people. View the 2017/18 riding appeal here.