At Glint, our aim is to support you in making real and lasting changes that move you forward as an individual, within your team, or as a key player in your organisation.
We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, which is why we adopted the term ”Horse Assisted Development”, rather than coaching, therapy, or training. We have the skills and expertise to be able to tailor our programmes to include any, or all of these elements. This means we can meet your specific needs and adapt our approach to suit you as the programme unfolds, whether you’ve engaged in a fixed package, or a bespoke programme designed just for you.
A very wise man (Aristotle) once said "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all" and we agree.
Our horses are the true educators in our work. They don’t do role-play, so noticing how they respond to our behaviour and energy offers us a unique insight into ourselves and our relationship to the world and to other people, aiding us in:
Whether you’re a fully-fledged adult, or a teenager just setting out in the world; striving to develop your leadership skills, or team communication; lacking in confidence; or struggling to find your way; our programmes engage people in activities that increase social skills, build emotional strength and create fun, natural learning situations.
Where appropriate, we work directly with commissioners to plan and deliver our programmes.
The following is just a taster of what we can do for you. Don’t worry if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, as we’re always happy to create something especially for you.
Teams and Leaders come in all shapes and sizes from Corporate giants to a local Guide group. Whoever you are and whatever your team looks like, Horse Assisted Development can be an invaluable tool for:
Our typical programmes range from ½ to 2 days duration for small groups and 2 hours/week over 8 weeks for individuals
We all have ‘stuff’ going on in our lives and sometimes need to take timeout to reflect, plan, or simply mull things over in an environment that’s focussed completely on you. Horse Assisted Development gives you the opportunity to:
Our typical programmes include 1:1 sessions of 2 hours/week over 8 weeks or, for something more indulgent, a 5-day coaching retreat, including self-catering accommodation at Bellevue Barn – a wonderful barn conversion with stunning views.
Horse Assisted Development is a powerful intervention in supporting the social and emotional development needs of adults and young people at risk. In particular, it can help people:
Our typical programmes include 1:1 sessions of 1 hour/week over 6 weeks, or 2 hours/week over 8 weeks.
Email us at email@example.com to find out more about any of the above programmes, or to discuss a bespoke project – we will always try to accommodate your needs, timescales and budget.
Don’t worry if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, as we’re always happy to create something especially for you.
The two and four-legged members of our team all bring their individual skills, talents and characteristics to the mix, to ensure you have the best possible experience.
Billy is a Welsh Cob and a very patient gentleman. Billy teaches us about anxiety and the importance of clear communication.
Zahra is a Part-bred Arab and a very curious young lady. She had a troubled life when she was younger, which means she’s quite a shy girl. Zahra teaches us about trust, patience and managing our energy.
Gertie is a Miniature Shetland and is full of mischief. Gertie teaches us about boundaries and that size really doesn’t matter if you set your mind on something!
Cloud is a young Arab who is just finding his way in the world. He teaches us about taking time to explore new things and about the importance of having a leader he can trust and count on.
Heidi is our CEO and Lead Facilitator. She has many years experience as a coach, therapist, trainer and mediator and is the driving force behind Glint. She has first-hand experience of the benefits of time spent with ponies, having experienced bullying as a young girl and finding solace in their company. 30 years later, she had cause to reflect upon the strength they gave her; the courage to stand up for herself; the wisdom to see that it’s actually ok to be different to everybody else. Now, she takes those experiences and puts them to good use in the Horse Assisted Development programmes she develops and delivers with Glint. Whether it’s leadership and team development, or supporting young and vulnerable people in improving their life chances, Heidi believes that interaction with horses and ponies can and does create real and lasting learning on many different levels.
No man (or woman) is an island so, whilst Heidi delivers most of our programmes, she also has a small team of trusted Associates who support with group programmes in particular, but also with 1:1s where appropriate.
There’s nothing wrong with blowing your own trumpet, but sometimes it’s more meaningful to hear what other people have to say.
I thought I was a non animal person but I have found out that I am. Heidi’s horses, like herself, are remarkable, powerful and life changing. The coaching process enables you to discover a great deal about yourself and others in a very creative, clever and fun way – we laughed and learnt lots.
Rachel Ward-Lilley, Director, Girls Out Loud
Working with horses has built up my confidence. When I am at school in class I can now tell the teacher if there are things happening to me that I don't like. I have the confidence to speak out. When I am home I am not scared to tell a family member if there is something happening that I do not like.
Abbas, aged 13
I found the demonstrations far more powerful than the usual role play used in training/coaching sessions as you could not plan the reaction of the horses and had to really adapt your approach if you were not getting the results required.
Pandaura Maund, Senior Operations Manager, Telefonica O2 UK Ltd
As the owner of a company, usually everyone bends to my direction, so being outside my comfort zone with horses happy to eat grass in a field made me realise that my own standard approach doesn't always work and opened up the ideas of what is effective leadership, team work and goals.
Richard Hagan, MD, Crystal Doors Ltd
One strand of our work makes a real difference to the lives of young, vulnerable and disadvantaged people. We help people deal with bullying, abuse, mental health issues, additional needs, etc. and support them in re-discovering their purpose and direction in life. We help to create young leaders; we encourage young people to re-engage with their education; we support young people in deciding what they want their future to be about. You can help us by:
Tell your friends, relatives and contacts about the work we do, especially in the area of Leadership and Team Development – this area of our work allows us to keep down the costs in other areas.
We try to run our organisation as cost-effectively as we can, by minimising staff overheads. If you have a few hours to spare and would like to support us you might like to help with routine horse care, or perhaps you would prefer to assist on one of our programmes?
Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved.
Lots of young and vulnerable people miss out on important development opportunities because of lack of funds. We do our best to raise funds through funding bids and grants, but the more money we raise, the more people we can help. So, if you are able to invest in someone's future, your contribution will be put to very good use.
We are very pleased to be able to say that Naturally Animals www.naturallyanimals.co.uk are now supporting Glint.
As herbivores, horses have evolved to roam and graze on a wide range of forage, in order to obtain all the fibre, nutrients, minerals and vitamins they need to stay healthy.
Wild pastures contain hundreds of species, including grasses, herbs, hedgerows, trees etc - all of which combine to provide the range of herbs and plants required to keep the horses healthy.
Today's modern pastures are often sown with only a few grass types. Even a horse kept on pasture 24 hours a day in today's man-made grazing is unable to select the range of plants that they require. By offering organic herbs, we can nutritionally supplement their existing forage to fill the gaps they would naturally fill themselves in the wild.
Heidi was invited to do a TV interview about Glint for International Women's Day - click on the arrow below, if you fancy a peek at my debut TV appearance.
We're very excited to have been awarded Big Lottery 'Awards for All' funding to deliver a project called "Gift Horse."
"Gift Horse" is a programme for adults (18+) who have wellbeing concerns, mental health issues, or learning disabilities and will offer paticipants 1:1 support over a number of weeks.
We're pleased to have the support of Lifeline Calderdale, REAL Employment and WomeCentre for the project and we hope to get other Kirklees-based organisations on-board too, as participants will usually need to be referred to us through one of our professional partners.
Organisations interested in becoming part of the project can attend one of the taster sessions that are being planned to introduce them to Horse Assisted Development.
UPDATE: Sadly, funding for the project has now come to an end. However, it's been so successful that over 25% of participants have chosen to privately fund ongoing sessions, which is great news.