It is an inspirational place with these wonderful animals at the heart of everything they do. But where does poetry come into this story?
In October 2017 a group of ladies with complex needs started a ten-week programme at the centre.
They all had different levels of need, many were recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, previous domestic violence, mental health problems and physical health problems. Each started the programme barely talking to one another, with very low self esteem and generally being unable to cope well with life.
By the end of the ten weeks the progress made was amazing.
Staff at the centre tracked their progress and saw an increase in confidence levels of 57%, increase in resilience of 51%, increase their ability to cope with stress by 95%, and their ability to cope with difficulties in life developed by 35%.
The ladies spent one day per week with the service for ten weeks, it inspired a number of them to write some beautiful poetry about what the service did for them, and their experiences over the last ten weeks.
Below are the poems about their time with Spirit and Soul:
Being with the horses
Makes me feel calm
Because I know when I’m with them
I’m safe from harm
I feel more assertive
Confident and bright
And I know with the horses
I’ll be alright
Fields, grass, quiet and peace
My headaches have begun to cease
I’m free to think
My mind is free
With only the horses to distract me
Trevor made me feel calm
I forget the pain I’m in.
They make me feel reassured,
and that I can win.
On my first day I felt very scared
I really felt confidence impaired
I couldn’t go within the pen
The things I could not do back then
Sarah was fab, I felt safe with the horse
The farrier came and we learned of course
The horses hooves were cut and filed
When it was done we all smiled
The fresh air is fab, now I can trust Trevor
Before the course I would have never
The staff and horses are really great
I think that Trevor is now my mate
When I felt vulnerable
I held onto the rope
I was encouraged by others,
and was able to cope
I came to this lovely place
And I came face to face
With the amazing horse called Trevor
My love for him will last forever
I feel so safe
I never thought I would
Walking through the ice and the mud
He makes me smile when I feel down
I feel so happy when he’s around
Looking into my eyes
He sees my soul
And when I’m with him
I can be in control
It’s lovely to be here with the horses
I enjoy being near them again
Walking them around the pen
It brought me back to being a child
It’s helped me to make new friends
I started off being anxious
But I’m more confident, near the end
I learnt how to communicate
By doing different exercises
We worked with horses
Of all shapes and sizes
I feel more confident
Working in big groups
I love being with my new troops.