Ponies Inspiring People

Opening Minds and Healing Hearts

If you work with young people with challenging behaviours and disabilities, DPHT can offer a range of educational visits and therapeutic opportunities up close with Dartmoor Ponies.

The Aim of Our Equine Assisted Learning

We want our Equine Assisted Learning courses to help young people meet their full potential and provide them with a set of social and emotional skills that will allow them to participate more effectively in everyday life.

Our courses are flexible and are proven to help students facing such challenges as:

The Thinking behind our courses

We aim to help the young people on our Equine Assisted Learning courses by helping them form a relationship with our herd, an individual equine and the environment.

The DPHT helps participants to build trust and develop a bond of mutual empathy with our ponies; through this they learn to face their fears, develop respect and compassion, while improving communication skills, coping techniques, self-confidence and self-esteem.

Every session builds on the last, all sessions are bespoke and very much client-focused.

Bespoke courses to fulfil all Your Needs

Change / Challenge / Multiple Loss / Grief

If you feel you have suffered from any of the above and would benefit from an alternative approach, consider the benefits of Equine Assisted Learning and accessing beautiful National Trust parkland and areas of Dartmoor. We have options available for you to interact with trained Dartmoor Ponies allowing you time to unwind and get back to nature.

We can provide bespoke courses to fit the exacting needs of clients, families or community groups. The DPHT has 14 years’ experience in this area of work and are adept at fine-tuning visits to suit your needs.

If you would like to find out more and discuss your requirements with us, please call 01626 833234 or email admin@dpht.co.uk


“We generally see a great improvement in students we send to DPHT, especially those who are anxious, have low self-esteem or finding it difficult to come into college.

“For these students. having such an environment as DPHT away from school is invaluable. It enables them to learn new communication skills, boosts their confidence, find a connection with ponies which is something so new to them and gives them a chance to reflect on their learning and capabilities.

“Such courses give staff here a positive experience to use with the students when they are having difficulties.”

Jo Mandeville — Ivybridge Academy – Learning Support Department