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EAQ approved - therapeutic equine assisted learning

EAQ offers alternative education for children and young people who are excluded or who choose not to attend school.

EAQ provides therapeutic equine assisted learning and alternative education for children, young people and adults in the natural outdoor environment with horses and other animals. 

There are over 20 EAQ Approved Centres in England, one in Scotland and one in Wales. Each equine assisted learning centre offers something slightly different with some centres meeting the educational needs of children and young people while others specialise in equine facilitated therapy sessions for adults in recovery from addiction, support those with mental ill-health or post traumatic stress. The age of clients at EAQ Approved Centres currently ranges from 5 to 101! 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Tricia Day
Contact Position
Learning Coordinator

Equine assisted learning is a fabulous way to engage people of all ages, to increase self esteem and self confidence, deliver areas of the curriculum, support those who have been unemployed for a long time or give elderly people a chance to remember and reconnect with their past.

It’s not just horses and ponies that make the centres a fun place to be. Many have other animals including dogs, cats, lambs, chickens and ducks. There are natural wildlife ponds to explore, dens to build, woodland walks, outdoor cooking, orchards, vegetable and fruit gardens. Some centres even take their horses and ponies off-site to run animal assisted therapy sessions in schools, care homes and residential homes for the elderly.

All EAQ Approved Centres have met the EAQ Quality Standards and deliver EAQ horsemanship programmes as well as bespoke, experiential equine assisted learning sessions and national qualifications through EAQ's accreditation with national awarding organisations including Open College Network London (OCN London) and Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Where to go

Session delivered in your own locality

Bespoke sessions can be delivered in the learner's home, local community or at one of the EAQ Approved Centres.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Sessions can be arranged on days and at times to meet the learner's and family's needs

Other Details

Cost details
Costs for sessions will vary depending on the needs of the learner.
Age Range
Age Range
Suitable for all ages
Autism, Behaviour and learning, Behavioural, emotional and social development, Communication and interaction, Learning difficulty,

Local Offer

Local Offer Disabilities
Learning difficulty
Behavioural, emotional and social development
Communication and interaction
Behaviour and learning
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type

Special Needs Support


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