Supported Helpers Programme


The Supported Helper Programme aims to facilitate learning with regards to horse welfare and care. It also helps to give service users a sense of responsibility, promotes independence and encourages a positive self-esteem and confidence through activities like grooming, leading the horses, making feeds, tacking up etc. All activities are ground based and suited to the client’s needs and abilities.




Stable Management Lessons are also available in Festina Lente Equestrian Centre.


What does this programme involve?

It involves including children, teenagers or adults with special needs in everyday equine care tasks such as mucking out stables, grooming, bringing ponies in and out of the fields, and other tasks associated with the care and management of ponies and horses.

Supports are tailored to the learning style and ability of each person and staff to participant ratios range from 1:1 to 1:3.

What are the benefits of this programme?

A recent evaluation of the Supported Helpers Programme highlighted its main benefits to participants included:

♦  Improved self-esteem

♦  Improved self-confidence

♦  Improvement in social relationships.

♦  Parents, guardians & carers also highlighted the significant learning that each person acquired with regard to horse related activities.

When does this programme run?

This is a full-time programme which runs seven days a week. During any holiday seasons please contact Kirstin for availability.

How much does it cost per session?

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How do I book a place on the programme for someone?

Contact Kirstin on Tel: 087-7387263 Email :

Application & Waiver Form

All applicants for the Supported Helper Programme need to fill in this Application & Waiver Form before they start their first session: 


History of this Programme

The pilot programme started in 2009 with a grant from Wicklow County Council.  Such was the success and popularity of this programme that it has continued to run after the initial pilot project had finished. This programme is supported by Pobal.

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