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The Tinnis Trust

All profits from With Horses CIC go to The Tinnis Trust, a registered charity that advocates for equines and helps people to access the life-changing benefits of animals and the outdoors. The Tinnis Trust provides free therapeutic 

horsemanship, equine assisted learning, care farming and nature therapy services for survivors of  trauma and care-experienced young people. The trust also provides free training for people from a diverse range of backgrounds so that they can access careers in the equine assisted and land-based industries.

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We are Trauma Informed

Trauma informed practice is at the centre of everything we do at the Tinnis trust. Ours is an intentional approach to understanding and interacting with people who have or may be experiencing trauma. It assumes that most people are likely to have at least one traumatic event at some point in their lives and that, for some, this impacts the way they perceive the world and engage with others.

Our Commitment to Trauma Informed Practice

 

At The Tinnis Trust we are committed to upholding the principles of trauma informed practice at every stage of our work from how we fund, create and plan our services to the way we induct participants and carry out therapeutic sessions. We strive to create a physically and emotionally safe environment for people and for horses. We aim to be transparent and trustworthy in all of our interactions and to encourage an atmosphere of openness and mutual where everyone feels valued and can speak and be heard.

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Trauma refers to any experience that leaves a person feeling overwhelmed, scared or alone. It could be caused by a series of events (complex trauma) or a one-off event. It includes incidents that threaten your survival or sense of wellbeing and may or may not include physical harm. Trauma can affect our ability to function in the world, harm a person's sense of safety and of self, and their ability to regulate emotions and navigate relationships. Both people and animals can experience symptoms of trauma.

 

In our work with both horses and people, recovery, resilience-building and compassion are the centre of our mission. Our entire staff is skilled in using trauma informed techniques. We focus on reducing risk of exposure to trauma by creating safe, supportive, and inclusive environments, we know strategies to buffer against impact when exposure happens and we promote individual and community resilience. 

"Trauma affects horses and humans in similar ways, and they also heal in similar ways.  This makes them natural partners in the healing process when facilitated by those trained in both the psychology and physiology of horses and humans, with an emphasis on trauma informed care."

-Kathleen Choe

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Outdoor and Equine Assisted Services

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Nature Therapy

The Tinnis Trust trust, we offer two types of nature therapy:

On the farm, we offer Therapeutic 

Care Farming (the therapeutic use of farming practices within a structured nature program for health, social care or educational benefit). It includes learning to care for animals including horses, pigs and poultry as well as learning to grow, harvest and use plants in the sensory garden. Participants can gain ASDAN qualifications in Animal Care, Gardening, Environmental Studies and Land-based skills. 

In the nearby forest, we offer the innovative Safe Place Program, flexible 12-session approach that pairs nature-based activities with storytelling and other expressive arts. It is designed to strengthen coping and resilience in children who have been through common causes of stress such as the divorce of parents, moving home, the illness of a loved one or bullying. It can also be used in the aftermath of large-scale crises to prevent and treat post-traumatic stress disorder. 

The original, evidence-based approach was first used in Israel but is now used by professionals all over the world working therapeutically or creatively with children who have experienced stress or trauma, including teachers, arts therapists, psychologists and counsellors.

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Equine Assisted Learning

Equine Assisted Learning, also known as Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL), is best described as Life Coaching with a horse. It is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills related to academic achievement, behaviour, personal growth or professional leadership development. Though participants can learn horsemanship skills through the sessions, it is usually not the primary goal. 

 

Sessions focus on the here and now, helping clients to increase self-awareness, develop new skills and operate in the moment, rather than processing past trauma. There is no riding, psychotherapy or counselling involved.  Through activities such as grooming, leading and lunging, participants begin to understand the effect that their tone of voice, breathing and body language can have on another living creature.

 

During the process, the horse acts as a mirror, reflecting a person's emotional state back to them so that they can increase in self-awareness. As a result, powerful changes in behaviour and are seen.

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To contact us, please email: thetinnistrust@gmail.com

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