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


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

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


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 Experienced Horse

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.

Amanda White


A qualified nurse and works as a Sister in intensive care. Amanda is a supporter of the mental health provision provided here as she is aware of the impact of mental health issues both professionally and personally. 

Her own daughter benefited from a resilience programme run by the way of the horse. Amanda is experienced with horses and working with people during difficult and challenging emotional times in their lives. Amanda helps in her own time when she can around a full-time job in the NHS to offer practical support with the horses.

Cayman Basey

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.


Theresa Picton Clarke

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.

Leigh Moore

Leigh has been in an office environment since 2012 within various industries ranging from reception duties up to managerial support in accounts, social media, education operation, business management, HR and health and safety. She has been a qualified Clinical aromatherapist since 2018 and nearing completion of her professional training in canine and equine Zoopharmacognosy. Leigh is a previous participant of the trial Project Pony programme in 2019 and is a current trustee for Rescue Ranch UK (Charity number. 1183565)

Founder and Chair:
Mrs Dina Shale
Mrs Dina Shale
Dr Emma Lethbridge
Mrs Amanda
Mr Derek Shale
Development Officer:
Dr Emma Lethbridge
Project Support staff:
Mrs Theresa Picton-Clark
Miss Hayley Sleath
Teaching Staff:
Mrs Dina Shale
Mrs Theresa Picton-Clark
Dr Emma Lethbridge
Yard Staff:
Mr Cayman Basey
Administration and Marketing Staff:
Mrs Leigh Moore

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