We help ponies and ponies help people in Cheshire and Merseyside by providing playful horse-human interactions and equine assisted therapy to improve mental health in the community.
What do we do?
Here at the Spirit of the Herd we are dedicated to helping people from the local community and afar by offering Pamper sessions and Equine Assisted Therapy to those in need of something a little different that could have a positive impact on their health. Our sanctuary is run on fundraising, donations from the community and grants we have successfully secured along the way. Every penny we receive goes straight into rehabilitating and rehoming our rescue horses.
Helping & Healing
For decades, horses have been known to help people with physical, mental, neurodevelopment and emotional challenges. By spending a short period of time with a horse learning how to take care of them and being hands on with grooming duties it can help children, teens and adults improve confidence, self-esteem, stress and more.
Horses are amazing at reading human emotions and it is well known that a lot of people turn to animals for comfort. They can mirror human emotions and behaviour and will respond to negativity, therefore encouraging people to be calm and gentle but also be aware of their surroundings.
How it started
Spirit of the Herd Pony Sanctuary was founded in 2018, a not for profit rescue and rehabilitation home for horses and ponies with past issues relating to neglect, physical and mental abuse. Currently run by Directors Agnieszka Jarecka-Griffiths, Alex Irving and Saphron Woods.
A Positive Year
In the past year alone we have come such a long way. We have hit some huge milestones in our development and you can check these out on our social media sites. We are also pleased to announce that we have some exciting plans in the pipeline so please keep an eye on our site and social media for developments.
We’d like to welcome you to the SoTH family and thank you for your continued support.