Hippotherapy at Chailey Heritage Foundation

We’ve pledged our support to Chailey Heritage Foundation, with funding towards specialist therapeutic horse-riding services.

Chailey Heritage is located in East Sussex and is a pioneering charity, dedicated to enriching the lives of young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs.

The Foundation provides a range of services, including; a special school, residential facilities for children and young adults, transitioning services, and a therapeutic care farm incorporating hippotherapy.

So what is hippotherapy?

Hippotherapy uses horse-riding as a therapeutic and rehabilitative treatment. It helps improve coordination, balance, and strength, using the movement of the horse as physiotherapy.

The programme has been provided at Chailey Heritage Foundation for over 30 years, and here at Rockinghorse, we are ensuring the service will continue to be available.

Currently, 26 young people from the school ride regularly with many more who are keen to start. Sessions are in high demand and with additional funding from Rockinghorse, hippotherapy will be offered to more pupils.

Making horse riding available to more children

Ryan Heal, Chief Executive of Rockinghorse, says, “Our funding will mean that extra horse-riding sessions can be provided to young people, and on a more regular basis. We have always been a big supporter of Chailey Heritage Foundation and the work they do for the Sussex community. It is so important for young people and their families to be able to access vital services like this.”

Sally-Anne Murray, Development Director at Chailey Heritage Foundation, adds, “Hippotherapy is a fun and educational activity, integrating physical movement and sensory therapy into a young person’s day in such a unique way. Riding is incorporated into the school curriculum, and each child who rides has specific therapeutic targets.

“We rely on voluntary donations to support the riding service and we are incredibly grateful to Rockinghorse for supporting us in this way. It means that we will be able to continue to offer horse riding to more children.”


Terrina Barnes from Rockinghorse meets Todd the horse, joined by Sally-Anne Murray from Chailey Heritage Foundation.

Help us fund Hippotherapy

Funding from Rockinghorse will contribute to Hippotherapy services provided at Chailey Heritage Foundation during the next academic year, which started in September 2019.

We are proud to support Chailey Heritage and its vital work for young people in Sussex. Over the years we have donated thousands of pounds to the Foundation.

In 2017, we donated £50,000 for Chailey Heritage’s brand new D.R.E.A.M. Centre. The multi-million-pound all-weather sports, drama and activity space, opened in October 2019. You can find out more about the centre, by clicking here.

If you would like to find out how you can support us with the Hippotherapy project, please get in touch. Call us on 01273 330044 or email sarah@rockinghorse.org.uk.