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Sensory and Groundwork

Sensory work

Sensory work is a unique form of interaction between horse and client, designed to help calm the overloaded sensory systems of children with Autism. We find it is beneficial for just about everybody – clients themselves, siblings, parents, friends. We even encourage members of staff to do it.

The horse remains stationary on the lead rein, and the client is helped onto the horse’s back without tack. They are then encouraged to lean forwards or backwards, and place their trust in the horse. By doing this, they can feel the horse’s warmth and hear their breathing, forming a connection and encouraging relaxation.

It often appears to be a two-way process, with the horse entering into a deeply relaxed state too.


Groundwork sessions are a non-riding activity where clients work with the horse in order to complete activities such as negotiating an obstacle course.