TheHorseCourse is an equine-assisted behaviour programme delivered in prisons and other settings in the UK. Our charitable purpose is to reduce social exclusion through horse-assisted interventions. To this end we work hard on innovative programme development, robust testing of efficacy and careful replication. In addition, we aim to widely disseminate what is found to be effective, raising standards in this field.
Horses in Prison
TheHorseCourse project began at HMP Portland in 2010 as an Offending Behaviour Program focusing on disengaged and disruptive violent offenders.
An Evidence Review, including Theory of Change and Contribution Analysis has been published with NPC and CLINKS, under an MoJ-commissioned project "Improving your Evidence". TheHorseCourse was chosen as an axemplar - a small charity doing a great job demonstrating impact. Latest data shows that 12 months post release our participants have a reoffending rate 27 % points lower than predicted. This compares with a 10% maximum expected by MoJ.
Horses in Schools and Pupil Referral Units
Early results show that TheHorseCourse will also benefit younger people at risk of offending or having difficulties within education due to a lack of social and emotional skills. We are currently engaged with a series of pilots in this area and will publish an evaluation soon.
Horses in Mental Health
We are working in partnership with Dorset Mental Health Forum to develop a number of pilots within NHS settings, including Rehab Services, Crisis Service and Acute Inpatient settings. Dorset Mental Health Forum is part of the Wellbeing & Recovery Partnership (ImROC demo site), working on NHS Mental Health Service redesign across the whole of Dorset. Results will be monitored by UDMH (University of the Department of Mental Health).