Disability Groups

Ponies Helping People

Opening Minds and Healing Hearts

DPHT has built a strong reputation for our courses for young people with disabilities, working with Dartmoor ponies.

Our aim is to create opportunities for young people to meet their full potential and to provide them with a set of social and emotional skills that will allow them to participate more effectively in everyday life and, potentially, move into long-term employment.

We offer a flexible range of proven courses for students facing such challenges as:

Forming a relationship with a pony helps young people to build trust and develop a bond of mutual empathy. They learn to face their fears, and develop respect and compassion. At the same time, they improve their communication skills, coping techniques, self-confidence and self-esteem: skills they need to deal with many aspects of everyday life.

We provide bespoke courses for individual students. Please contact us to discuss your group’s or client’s needs. We currently work with primary and secondary school students on the autistic spectrum, young people with challenging behaviours and students with profound multiple disabilities.

Please contact us if you would like to book your group on to a PIP session. 01626 833234 or admin@dpht.co.uk

We also run a range of primary and secondary education activities including free guided walks on Dartmoor.


“The whole class (including staff) derived enormous benefits from our visits.  All children showed a great improvement in their communication skills, willingly interacting with familiar and unfamiliar adults appropriately and also showing improved interpersonal skills with each other.  Their listening skills and their ability to follow more complex instructions was challenged and as a consequence, these skills improved too.

“I was able to link our visits to the ponies to a number of curriculum areas when we were back in school and our visits to the ponies become and integral part of classroom work.  It gave a variety of subjects a link to real life situations which motivated the children to learn.”

Janet Haley,
Orchard Manor School, Dawlish