Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship in South Devon, UK provides young people and adults with the opportunity to participate in educational and therapeutic activities with horses in the natural environment.
Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship takes a holistic approach to working with people and horses and provides a non-judgemental learning environment that enables people to:
• Explore and learn more about themselves through engaging with horses in activities centred around horse behaviour and management, employing a 'natural horsemanship' approach
• Develop an interest in the natural environment and engage in physical exercise in order to experience mental and physical health benefits, whilst having fun.
The Therapeutic Horsemanship project was originally established in 2006 by Hannah Burgon, whilst she worked as a social worker for Rural Foster Care Ltd. From 2006-2008 the project provided a service for children in foster care placements with identified therapeutic needs. The team has provided services to a local Youth Offending Team (YOT), local People Referral Unit (PRU) and residential services for young people
Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC), limited by guarantee in April 2008. The creation of Sirona aimed to allow the project to expand its reach and work alongside different individuals and groups, of all ages and needs, in a range of therapeutic and learning activities. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship please contact us via the contact page
Why the name Sirona? Sirona is the Celtic goddess of healing commonly associated with children, and the therapeutic horsemanship service was originally set up for young people. Furthermore, horses feature strongly in Celtic history and tradition.