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TheHorseCourse is held up as an exemplar in its approach to evidencing the outcomes of its work.

A recent report published by NPC & CLINKS and peer reviewed by CSAAP (the academic panel at the Ministry of Justice) showed a 27 % point reduction in reoffending (where 10% is large).

A study by Bournemouth University is tracking the outcomes for our young people post-course at 2 months and 12 months and results show that 80%+:

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are less anxious (with 33% average improvement)

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have reduced problem behaviours

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improved attendance/engagement at school

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better relationships

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increased self belief

TheHorseCourse Evidence Summary

1 page summary: Evidence to date 2022

We have a large body of evaluation from external academics and other experts, including papers in international peer reviewed academic papers.

TheHorseCourse Evidence Summary (PDF)

Horse Course Evidence seminar

Hierarchy of Evidence 2020 – video presentation

Professor Ann Hemingway, Bournemouth University

“The hierarchy of evidence and equine assisted interventions… TheHorseCourse 2020”

Explaining how, from 2010 to 2020 TheHorseCourse has developed an evidence base progressing up the scientific hierarchy .

YouTube link

Horse Course Evidence seminar

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

General Adult Psychiatry Annual Conference 2018

Dr N Kosky – poster presentation of findings.

Findings (PDF)

Feasibility Study

Feasibility Study

A Feasibility Study of an Equine Assisted Intervention for Children and Young People with Mental Health and Behavioural Challenges, 2018

Professor Ann Hemingway, BU – oral presentation at Horses in Education & Therapy International 2018 Congress, Dublin.

TheHorseCourse ReStart fulfils all elements of feasibility study and is therefore suitable for an RCT
95% completion rate across multiple cohorts.

Over 70% show gains in 4 intermediate outcomes:

  • improved attendance and engagement with school/training/work
  • improved relationships
  • reduced problem behaviours
  • greater self belief

Feasibility Study (PDF)

Feasibility Study

Pilot Study

A Pilot Study of the Mechanism of Action of an Equine Assisted Intervention, 2018

BU, multi-discipinary team – oral presentation at Horses in Education & Therapy International 2018 Congress, Dublin

Pilot Study (PDF)

Feasibility Study

Summary: Evidence to date 2016

A summary of all the evaluation studies on our work and a snapshot of how the ReStart works.
Full copies of most of the studies are linked below.

Evaluation to Date (PDF)

Feasibility Study

Journal of Creativity in Mental Health

Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy With Children and Adolescents: An Update and Literature Review 2015

Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, Jennifer A. Lentini & Michele S. Knox

TheHorseCourse identified in peer reviewed analysis as one of the most prominent equine-assisted methodologies.

Web Abstract

Youth Outcomes Summary

TheHorseCourse Youth Outcomes, 2015

  • 33% average improvement in managing anxiety
  • 29% average gain across eight core skills: Engagement, Calmness, Assertiveness, Focus & Perseverance, Empathy, Realistic Planning, Communication, Responsibility
  • 85% of participants increased attendance/engagement with education
  • 80% of referrers attribute improvements to TheHorseCourse, (55% strongly)

Produced with support from Charities Evaluation Services (part of NCVO).

Summary (PDF)

The Horse Course Evidence Review

TheHorseCourse Evidence Review, working with Offenders 2015

Including Theory of Change and Contribution Analysis
27 % points reduction in reoffending
£8.30 return per £1 spent in prisons
Written in collaboration with New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) & CLINKS. Peer reviewed by the Correctional Services Accreditation & Advisory Panel (CSAAP), Ministry of Justice.

Evidence Review (PDF)

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Moving Forward in Recovery Pilot Summer/Autumn 2015

55% of participants shifted from disengaged/not progressing in treatment to attending and progressing. They attribute this change to the course.
On average they also made a 12% improvement on the 8 skills taught by TheHorseCourse.

Produced by EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (main service provider in the Southwest, UK)

Recovery Pilot (PDF)

University of Southampton

Criminology Dissertation 2013

Rachel Natasha Thomas, BSc Applied Social Sciences, Southampton University.

A careful analysis of exit interviews with prisoner participants.

Dissertation (PDF)