New Life Horse Care Sanctuary

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Devon Live 02nd April 2017


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Centre providing horse-assisted help for disabled people needs your votes


A centre which offers innovative horse-assisted learning for young disabled people is hoping it can scoop a cash windfall.

New Life Horse Care Sanctuary near Silverton has been campaigning for votes to secure £36,857 in the People's Projects, a scheme run by the Big Lottery Fund, ITV and the National Lottery which gives people a saw in awarding Lottery funding.

Jackie Tye who is a director at the sanctuary said money will help improve the facilities. The project will provide a supportive family experience using ponies and expression through art and creative writing. These experiences will encourage families to improve relationships and social skills.


Mrs Tye added: "We have quite a serious problem with the mud and it makes it very difficult for the learners who have got mobility problems to get safe access down to the school.We want proper drains put into the track so we can have water running down hill and drained off into the paddock so it will be dry all the way down.

"The school where we do all the sessions is quite old now, and you can see the membrane is actually coming up from the bottom so we would like 40 tonnes of sand to improve the surface. We are also hoping for a really nice seating and garden area for parents and siblings and everyone to sit and watch what goes on at the school.

"At the far end there's a studio space, so we also need a ramp to go into that so anyone who is in a wheelchair can access that and sit and look at the view."

Mrs Tye, who has been at the facility for ten years added that the centre was a lifeline for the young people and parents who use it.

"The parents really are suffering and I think what we do here is give people back hope. They come here and they've lost hope," she added.

"Through the interaction with the ponies and being with the little foals, these young people get self-esteem, they learn how to speak and they can go onto college and into the workplace.

"They get a future, they get a life and that's why it's really important."


The centre also acts as a rehab centre for the ponies.

Mrs Tye explained: "The ponies that are here are all pretty special needs and the ones who come in and out have special needs.

"We set it up as a rehab centre because previously to that I had a horse which had had colic surgery and there was a need at that time to have a rehab place where owners who were very time stretched could send their horses for intensive rehab."

The centre now wants to "throw open" the doors and have young carers as well as the siblings of those with learning difficulties.

To find out more about The People's Projects and to vote, visit https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/


Above: On air of The Voice radio station 20/03/2017 

Devon Life 20th March 2017


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Devon Horse Care Sanctuary wants your vote

The New Life Horse Care Sanctuary charity, based in Silverton, is calling for your vote to win The People’s Projects in the West Country West region for 2017. The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the UK public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding will make a difference in their local area. The three projects within the West Region, with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000 to help them develop their work even further to improve the lives of people in their communities.


Jackie Tye moved from being a successful London artist to creating a horse sanctuary and child therapy charity. Over the last ten years, Jackie has cared for over 200 horses and ponies, providing respite for the sick, injured and traumatised. Her objective is always to heal and then rehome these horses wherever possible. The children that she helps often can’t even get placements anywhere else due to the severity of their conditions and their need for 1:1 help and support. Jackie explains how the young people who go there are hurting, in great pain and have lost hope. She wants to give hope back through the interaction with her horses. It’s an honest, authentic communication whereby the horses are able to meet the children where they are, and in this way, trust can be gained. Just like the horses, the children find hope at NLHC and a whole new future opens up for them, the horses help to heal the children, and the children help to heal the horses. But, it’s not just the learners and the horses that are benefiting from NLHC, families and carers of the children also gain through the experience.


Jackie is hoping for the Devon community to help her cause and vote for her so that she can expand her equine therapy facilities and continue to rescue and rehabilitate traumatised and sick horses in Devon who are facing uncertain futures. 

People can vote once per region. To support the Hope Beyond Hurt: Equine Healing project please visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk Voting deadline is April 3rd.


Plymouth Herald 17th March 2017


Devon horse sanctuary seeks votes to secure National Lottery funding


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A community group is calling for public votes to help provide increased support and facilities for Devon children with disabilities and special needs.

The New Life Horse Care (NLHC) Sanctuary, which is based at Silverton in Devon, hopes their project will create more opportunities for families in the Devon community to access the benefits of equine therapy.

If the project were successful, NLHC say it would be able to provide an improved facility, helping to create a "happier, more hopeful, confident and less fear-based future" to a greater number of children, their families and the centre's rescued horses who receive ongoing rehabilitative care.


The project is one of five groups competing in the ITV WestCountry West region for £36,857 of National Lottery funding in the People's Projects competition.

The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the UK public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding will make a difference in their local area. The three projects with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000 to help them develop their work even further to improve the lives of people in their communities.

The New Life Horse Care Sanctuary is calling on the viewers' support, with the public voting online to decide who wins the prize. On Wednesday, March 22, the New Life Horse Care Sanctuary will showcase their project, Hope Beyond Hurt: Equine Healing on ITV West Country at 6pm.


If successful, the sanctuary hopes to use the funds to improve access ways to amenities for children with mobility problems. This would also enable the opening of an arts therapy studio where children could relax with their families and carers in an educational and supportive environment.

Jackie Tye, director of the New Life Horse Care Sanctuary, said: "We're really excited and honoured to be part of this opportunity. Firstly, I think it's important to pay tribute to all the horses who help the young learners here because they truly do help the children to find a new way in life.

"Hope is a belief that things will change, but the young people who come here are hurting and in great pain. They have lost hope. We want to give it back to them. The young learners who come to us get better through their interaction with our horses, because the horses never lie. It's an honest, authentic communication whereby the horses are able to meet the children where they are, and in this way, trust can be gained."

Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund chief executive, added: "We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year that use the knowledge and ideas of local people to strengthen communities. The People's Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win!"

Voting opens at 9am on Monday, March 20 at 

Devon Live 17th March 2017

Devon horse sanctuary seeks votes to secure National Lottery funding

A community group is calling for public votes to help provide increased support and facilities for Devon children with disabilities and special needs.

The New Life Horse Care (NLHC) Sanctuary, which is based at Silverton in Devon, hopes their project will create more opportunities for families in the Devon community to access the benefits of equine therapy.

If the project were successful, NLHC say it would be able to provide an improved facility, helping to create a "happier, more hopeful, confident and less fear-based future" to a greater number of children, their families and the centre's rescued horses who receive ongoing rehabilitative care.


The project is one of five groups competing in the ITV WestCountry West region for £36,857 of National Lottery funding in the People's Projects competition.

The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the UK public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding will make a difference in their local area. The three projects with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000 to help them develop their work even further to improve the lives of people in their communities.

The New Life Horse Care Sanctuary is calling on the viewers' support, with the public voting online to decide who wins the prize. On Wednesday, March 22, the New Life Horse Care Sanctuary will showcase their project, Hope Beyond Hurt: Equine Healing on ITV West Country at 6pm.


If successful, the sanctuary hopes to use the funds to improve access ways to amenities for children with mobility problems. This would also enable the opening of an arts therapy studio where children could relax with their families and carers in an educational and supportive environment.


Jackie Tye, director of the New Life Horse Care Sanctuary, said: "We're really excited and honoured to be part of this opportunity. Firstly, I think it's important to pay tribute to all the horses who help the young learners here because they truly do help the children to find a new way in life.


"Hope is a belief that things will change, but the young people who come here are hurting and in great pain. They have lost hope. We want to give it back to them. The young learners who come to us get better through their interaction with our horses, because the horses never lie. It's an honest, authentic communication whereby the horses are able to meet the children where they are, and in this way, trust can be gained."


Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund chief executive, added: "We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year that use the knowledge and ideas of local people to strengthen communities. The People's Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win!"

Voting opens at 9am on Monday, March 20.


16 March 2017


HOPE BEYOND HURT - EQUINE HEALING WANTS YOUR VOTE TO WIN £36,857 OF NATIONAL LOTTERY FUNDING IN THE PEOPLE’S PROJECTS.


A local community group in Silverton, Devon is calling for your vote to help them run a project that’ll provide increased support and better facilities to more of Devon’s children who are living with disabilities and special needs. The New Life Horse Care (NLHC) Sanctuary’s project hopes to create more opportunities for families in the Devon community to access the powerful benefits of equine therapy. If the project were successful, NLHC would be able to provide an improved facility, helping to create a happier, more hopeful, confident and less fear-based future to a greater number of children, their families and the centre’s rescued horses who receive ongoing rehabilitative care.

The project is one of five groups competing in the ITV WestCountry West region for £36,857 of National Lottery funding in the People’s Projects competition. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 20 March at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk.

The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the UK public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding will make a difference in their local area. The three projects with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000 to help them develop their work even further to improve the lives of people in their communities.


The New Life Horse Care Sanctuary is calling on the viewers’ support, with the public voting online to decide who wins the prize. On 22nd March 2017, The New Life Horse Care Sanctuary will showcase their project, Hope Beyond Hurt: Equine Healing on ITV WestCountry West at 6pm. They hope to use the funds to improve access ways to the Sanctuary’s amenities for children with mobility problems. This would also enable the opening of an arts therapy studio where children could relax with their families and carers in an educational and supportive environment.

Jackie Tye, Director of the New Life Horse Care Sanctuary, said: “We’re really excited and honoured to be part of this opportunity. Firstly, I think it’s important to pay tribute to all


the horses who help the young learners here because they truly do help the children to find a new way in life.

Hope is a belief that things will change, but the young people who come here are hurting and in great pain. They have lost hope. We want to give it back to them. The young learners who come to us get better through their interaction with our horses, because the horses never lie. It’s an honest, authentic communication whereby the horses are able to meet the children where they are, and in this way, trust can be gained.


We want to expand this work, and the funds would enable us to have more young people here, including young carers and siblings of young learners with disabilities. It would also mean improved access tracks, better menage surface and ramps into a currently unusable studio. This would mean that we could offer equine healing to those who have sight impairment and also open up the facility to more wheelchair users. All the young people could use the studio to sit and do art or just chill out. We could also provide a nice garden area instead of the weeds and mud that are currently in situ, which would give parents somewhere nice to sit and look at the view. We just want to be able to help more families in the local Devon community and be able to give the whole family something special to experience and gain from.”

Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year that use the knowledge and ideas of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win!”

The People’s Projects is an opportunity to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year. With 95 shortlisted across the UK, the public can now decide which groups should win up to £50,000 develop their project further.


Voting closes at noon on Monday 3 April 2017. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote*. To support the Hope Beyond Hurt: Equine Healing project please visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

Since 2005, around £36 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 770 Good Causes across the UK.


For enquiries, please contact


Jackie Tye, Director New Life Horse Care, The Orchard Great Pitt, Tiverton Road, Silverton,

Devon EX5 4JQ

Tel: 07899 781172
email: [email protected]

Devon Community Foundation

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Nicola’s Story of the Month – November 2016

The Healing Power of Horses

Great leaders have recognised the power horses have to heal and educate humans. From Alexander the Great to Eisenhower and Winston Churchill who famously said: ‘There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.’

I have limited experience of horses, although my sister Diana rode when we were children, my interest was hockey (another story, another time). Diana has had several horses over the years and now has a beautiful mare called Mary. They have a bond and Diana has total trust in Mary to bring her home safely.

I asked friends Lucie and Penny, who have horses, for their thoughts to assist me with this blog, they said:

“They are the best cure for stress EVER! If I need to unwind I know precious moments with my girls will chill me out!”
 “I have seen children who find it difficult to communicate and interact with others behave completely differently when on a horse, they become chatty – the smile on their face says it all!”
 “The smell of them – if someone could bottle that there would be no need for Prozac!”
“We’ve become used to witnessing the most dramatic transformation in people’s well-being after the briefest of encounters.”
At New Life Horse Care (NLHC) they have proven the healing power of horses. When Tom* a 19 year old, who left college prematurely because he was bullied for his autism came to NLHC, he did not speak, was overweight and unhealthy. At the NLHC they taught Tom horsemanship, with responsibilities of maintaining paddocks and looking after ponies. After a time he was given more responsibility, with foals and assisting other learners. He slowly began to lose weight and communicate. Two years on Tom is healthy, communicative, and has excellent skills, enabling him to assist with disabled children.

There is scientific research that explains what happens during these healing encounters. Horses are believed to influence the heart rates of humans while the motion of riding stimulates brain activity that accelerates learning.

There is much that horses can teach us that we have yet to discover, not least about perceiving the emotions of those around us. The behaviour of horses seems to reflect whatever is appropriate for those around them, be that their companion horses, or humans.

DCF provided NLHC with a grant of £950 from the Devonian Trust, which offers support for those with mobility issues, to purchase two safety saddles and a safety helmet, making a world of difference for young people who have disabilities, helping them to ride without fear of falling.

NLHC provides young people with a better chance at life, improving opportunities and empowering confidence. But the ripples in the pond go far wider. As with Tom’s story where it has not only improved his life style, health and wellbeing, it has also had a positive effect for his family.

NLHC are not an organisation to sit on their laurels, or should that be haunches! They are working on Stay Safe Horsemanship, Equine Therapy, a ground breaking project, which has NEVER been done before. This unique project is intended to change attitudes in this sector and to give hope to families who have children with special needs and disabilities.

At DCF we have helped community projects who use the power of animals, specifically horses to heal people. For me, bringing children and animals together will always bring a lump to my throat. In writing this have learnt a lot about the gift of horses: ready to give powerful lessons to mankind, if we are ready to listen and learn.

*Name changed


Cornwall Live 2010

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Jackie Tye's New Life Horse Care facility in Silverton has become the first licensed and accredited Equine Assisted Qualifications (EAQ) Learning Centre in Devon.

Tricia Day, founder of Shaftesbury based, EAQ said: "We are delighted to award New Life Horse Care our first Devon licence.

"EAQ is committed to developing equine assisted learning programmes and setting standards of excellence for horse welfare, as well as creating opportunities for learners."

A natural horsewoman, Jackie combines her passion for horses with her extensive experience as a qualified artist, teacher and counsellor and has a range of equine-assisted learning programmes designed to creatively empower individuals who feel marginalised in today's society.

She works with the assistance of her ex-racehorse, Pilgrim, along with a number of ponies from the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust. She also offers a variety of counselling services and courses which can lead to nationally recognised Open College Network (OCN) qualifications.

She explains: "Because they are prey animals, horses do not work with verbal communication but are very sensitive to energy and body language. By encouraging people to understand how they think, we are able to teach them how to communicate without force or bribery but through self awareness." She added: "In this way, horses can facilitate the transformation of people's lives by helping them overcome their learning disabilities, anger management problems, eating disorders, depression and low self esteem. In particular, teenagers with ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome seem to respond very well."