At Katie’s Cradle we work with people and horses who have had difficult lives, bringing them together in a mutually beneficial environment to develop empathy, communication and confidence, and ultimately, to change their lives.
Katie’s Cradle rescues horses who would otherwise have been euthanised due to severe behavioural problems. We work with only a small number of horses and we give them a permanent, stable and settled home. We address their health needs, which can be very severe as many of the horses who come to us have been neglected for months or even years. We then put in a programme of rehabilitation and support to gradually introduce the horses to people.
Katie's Cradle also recognises the mutual benefits that ontact between people and horses can bring and we have witnessed the profound impact our animals can have on people.
We have empathy based values and strongly believe that we cannot empower one being by disempowering another. From this viewpoint, the Katie’s Cradle horses are nurtured, listened to and heard; they are given choices and are not forced into any activity.
Using the natural behaviour of the horses as a guide, we can help people recognise non-verbal signals, learn to communicate effectively and look at issues they may be facing themselves.