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Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy

Specialist college where learning develops communication, literacy, numeracy, and independence through a horse based curriculum.
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Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy
Avon Tyrrell
BH23 8EE
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
    September but can be flexible
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25


General Description

Our residential course (usually of 3 years duration) enables people between 16 and 25 with learning difficulties and/or disabilities who are motivated by horses, to learn in an equine environment. Students learn on and around the stable yard with the horses; learning is then transferred into an understanding of life skills in everyday situations. 

Students have a range of learning, emotional, behavioural and medical needs, with the key criteria being their horse motivation. We have students working from Pre-entry to GCSE level.

Catchment Area

We are a national provider and accept students from across the UK.


Students participate in an active outdoor day all year round. Involvement with horses follows a structured routine and students have individual learning plans. Horse-based teaching and learning uses a transferable skills process which is then embedded within an extended practical curriculum that includes vaulting (mounted gymnastics), self care, personal development and independence training, literacy, numeracy, (including money management), communication skills and health and fitness. Differentiated work experience placements are tailor-made for each student. The course develops an individual's ability to communicate and learn to accept responsibility and relate to others. Students acquire equine vocational skills and can achieve accredited and/or internal certification.

Specialist Facilities

Equine/equestrian facilities

Specialist Physiotherapists

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Students using laptop in the haybarn
Student thanking a horse after a session
Student brushing a horse

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