Our Mission, Values and Aims
Our organisation started life in 2011 as a registered charity called the Welsh Institute of Therapeutic Horsemanship. In 2020, as we became more sustainable and less reliant on grants in order to survive, we were able to convert from a small Welsh charity into a community interest company with a UK wide reach, changing our name to With Horses CIC. Although our name has changed, our vision remains the same.
We would like to see a society in which all people can have access to the life-changing benefits of horses regardless of their background. We envisage that these services will be safe, appropriate, delivered within professional scope of practice and that the horses involved will be worked with in partnership rather than used as tools or vehicles.
To make equine-assisted therapeutic activities more easily accessible and widely recognised and to ensure that they are provided with the highest levels of safety and ethics. 10% of our profits are donated to the Trot On Trust, a charity that provides free therapeutic horsemanship sessions to disadvantaged people.
With Horses CIC aims to promote ethics and standards in therapeutic horsemanship by training and supporting practitioners particularly those with lived experience, advocating for equines, providing consultancy and disseminating information so that Equine Assisted Activities can be provided more widely.
We strive to provide access to horses for all people of all backgrounds.
We are committed to making our facilities accessible to people with all physical and emotional needs.
We believe that everyone should be treated as an individual and tailor our services to meet the needs of each individual.
We believe individuals should have control over their own lives and be supported to make their own decisions and solve their own problems.
We constantly strive to develop our services and organisation, making them as efficient and effective as they can be.
We lead by example and operate proactively by finding new and innovative ways of working.