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.


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

Equine Therapy Leicestershire


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.


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 - The Founder & Director

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.

Listen to Dina’s enlightening insights here:


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 management, health and safety.

Dr. Emma Lethbridge, Director

An experienced horse person, qualified teacher and doctor of cognitive neuropsychology (PhD), Emma specialises in positive, holistic training techniques and practical science-based psychological solutions for both humans and animals.

Amanda Mather, Marketing and Business/Programme Development

Amanda is an experienced Communications professional who has worked at a senior level in Public Affairs, CSR and Marketing. She is also trained in multi-art therapy, facilitating therapeutic and learning experiences using adapted art therapy concepts and techniques.

      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.

Natalie Forster, Yard Manager

38 year old equestrian enthusiast from Whetstone Leicester. Grown up on a small holding and owned horses all her life. Was taught to ride by her mother Linda at the age of 3. She was lucky enough to get chosen to ride for England in the PPCGA at the age of 15 then went on to ride for the Leicester MGA team at the aged 16. Worked at the American Adventure Theme Park as a costume character and stunt rider. Tilly has backed and broken all her own young stock and currently owns four horses & ponies. She enjoys competing at ODE’S Hunter Trials and Team chases.

Lia Del Busso,Yard Manager

Worked in Specialist Education for the last ten years, led holiday camps as well as worked for a respite charity. She enjoys developing relationships with service users and providing a personal centred approach. Currently the owner of her ‘match made in heaven’ Irish Sports Mare. Lia has found serenity through animals and believes a more holistic approach to life is the way forward; she looks forwards to supporting more people on their journey! 

Sally Newman, Teaching Staff

Sally has a life-long passion for animals, she worked as a weekend help in a riding stables for a number of years as a teen.  She is at her most happy when she is in her wellies knee deep in mud!Sally is also a Clinical Nurse Specialist in palliative care, in that role she uses her training in psychology and advanced communication skills to help people and their families to make the most of their last months.Sally has personal and professional experience of successfully supporting children and adults that are not neurotypical and may have complex physical/psychological needs.  She is very aware of the positive difference that meeting the right professional can make and is feels very privileged to be part of helping individuals and families to make positive change.  She uses the strategies learned at the Way of the Horse on a daily basis in her personal life to positive effect.

Emma Harris, Teaching Staff

Emma has grown up around horses and donkeys on her grandparents small holding.  After travelling around Europe in her 20’s visiting France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Holland and settling for 6 months in India, Emma came back to the UK and started her family.
Emma was ready to have a career in special needs schools and decided to go to Birmingham University in her 30’s and achieved her Degree in Early childhood studies.  Emma now splits her time between teaching at a special needs school in Rugby and The Way of the Horse .  This enables Emma to be able to mix her passion for both Children and Horses.

Founder and Chair:
Mrs Dina Shale

Mrs Dina Shale
Dr. Emma Lethbridge
Mr Derek Shale

Development Officer:
Dr. Emma Lethbridge

Teaching Staff:
Mrs Dina Shale
Dr. Emma Lethbridge