Not-For-Profit Equine Assisted Therapy in Leicestershire

Our Story

Dina began this not-for-profit organisation in 2015, with a view to help individuals that had ‘lost’ their way in life, using horses as a reflective tool. The service she envisaged was much the same to what she had experienced herself, where her horse had helped her to find a reason to continue life.

Dina has since worked with individuals from 6-60 years of age, helping them to find their own motivation, understand where it comes from and drive their life in a positive direction. Whether you have a diagnosed mental health condition, low self-confidence, trauma or loss that you are dealing with, or just need some motivation.

Vision

Our vision is to facilitate self-empowerment with unique equine therapy methods, to help individuals to achieve a state of complete peace and harmony, by educating themselves to read their mind and body language and translate it into positive and sustaining action

Mission

Our mission is to provide tailored and bespoke programmes of support to individuals from all backgrounds, be it children, young people, families, or businesses, to enable self-healing and inner growth.

Values

We want to create a safe haven for vulnerable individuals in the community, by nurturing them to survive, strive and succeed. Our services are inclusive, holding no judgement, providing excellent quality of service consistently with all our clients. We will communicate openly about our work and ensure staff and volunteers are given direction to enable them to support the community in the best possible way.

Dina Shale

Founder, Director and Master Instructor

The Founder and driving force behind this amazing organisation, Dina is the highest qualified Medicine Horseway Instructor in the midlands. With the perfect combination of personal experience and relevant professional qualifications, Dina can read early onset of mental health conditions in vulnerable individuals. Dina has been developing and delivering interventions across Leicestershire for the past 4 years and has successfully delivered for 100’s of clients. 

Derek Shale

Director

The undeniable supporter of this fantastic mental health provision. Derek works tirelessly on the farm, with the animals and with young men, to deliver a range of vital services, which enables TWOTH to grow from strength to strength. Derek has a vast amount of knowledge and experience in assessing areas for risk, while essential health and safety processes in place. Derek provides professional advice and support to the team in relation to risk managementhealth and safety.

Emma Lethbridge

Director and Development Officer

Qualified teacher and doctor of cognitive neuropsychology. She specialises in positiveholistic training techniques, practical science-based psychological solutions for people and animals. Emma has supported Dina in developing the Management programmes, as well as writing the personal development workshop. Emma brings a lot of credibility to an otherwise misunderstood therapeutic option for mental health conditions.

Vikki Ohara

Facilitator

Vikki is an Intuitive soul who is experienced in Meditation and connecting to the energy vibrations all around us.

Being an Empath and Clairaudient, trained in Animal Communication and Energy Healing has helped develop a deep connection with earth, animals and humans.

To be able to help others find a holistic approach to self healing is an honour and what better way to do this than with the calming connection of horses.

Cayman Basey

Facilitator and Team Member

After growing up in the city, I was first introduced to horses 7 years ago. This is when I first met Dina! I have been a part of The Way of the horse from the start and have helped develop different sites alongside Dina and the team.

After volunteering for 5 years, a full-time position became available. I have spent the last 3 years travelling to America where I live and work at a summer camp tending to children with additional needs. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies/tv shows, playing games consoles with friends and watching and playing sports! I have recently begun my journey as a natural horseman and taken the first steps in truly understanding the horse, inside and out.

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Theresa Picton Clarke

Facilitator

First degree in Marine Biology & Biochemistry from Bangor University North Wales with a post graduate diploma in Equine Studies from Dublin University Vet School.  Qualified hypnotherapist.

BHS Stable Manager with BHS Assistant Instructor.  Ran a working pupil training yard in Leire S Leicestershire where I trained students for BHS exams and then saw their placement in the industry including Robert Smith, Nick Skelton, Alvin Shokermoller, and John Whittaker’s yards.  Ran my own livery and foaling down yard in Leicetershire.  

Georgina Hooton

Team Member

Qualified English Teacher at midlands secondary school and Dina’s daughter. Georgie has helped at The Way of The Horse since it’s inception, tutoring children whilst training to be a teacher. Having been brought up around horses, Georgie’s experience also allows her to help on the farm working with the horses and caring for our rescues.

Lauren Rowlinson

Team Member

Lauren has been a part of The Way of the Horse for a year, initially as a volunteer but now works for us part-time. Lauren is a student at Nottingham Trent University studying Equine Behaviour, Health and Welfare. She is currently completing her placement year with us. Lauren has always had a passion for horses and their welfare. She works hard to build trusting relationships with the horses and helps them to gain confidence both in themselves and in people. Lauren does a lot training with the horses, both ridden and on the ground, and does so with a gentle and patient manner.

Founder and Chair:
Mrs Dina Shale

Directors:
Mrs Dina Shale
Dr Emma Lethbridge
Mr Derek Shale

Development Officer:
Dr Emma Lethbridge

Project Support staff:
Mrs Theresa Picton-Clark
Mr Cayman Basey

Teaching Staff:
Mrs Dina Shale
Mrs Theresa Picton-Clark
Ms Vikki Ohara
Mr Cayman Basey
Dr Emma Lethbridge

Yard Staff:
Mr Cayman Basey
Miss Lauren Rowlinson

Administration and Marketing Staff:
Miss Lauren Rowlinson

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