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Animals Helping People

Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary's Animals Helping People (AHP) Programme provides a chance for a transformative experience, where the power of the human-animal bond unfolds in a variety of enriching opportunities for connection, learning, and joy! Join us on this remarkable journey, where the well-being of both animals and humans is at the heart of every interaction. Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary invites you to connect, learn, and share in the magic of our Animals Helping People Programme!

Therapeutic Connections:

Discover the healing potential of Equine Facilitated Interventions (EFI) and Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). Our gentle horses and companion animals provide a unique platform for individuals to build trust, enhance emotional well-being, and foster personal growth.


Educational Adventures:

Embark on Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) journeys and participate in Intro to Equine Care Courses. Engage with our knowledgeable team to gain insights into responsible animal care, equine communication, and valuable life skills.

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Relaxation and Community:

Unwind in therapeutic sessions like Coffee, Cat, Chat, where the serene companionship of our feline friends promotes good mental health and community connections. Tailored events like Pets for Pensioners offer joy and companionship to seniors who may no longer have pets of their own.


Fun and Interactive Visits:

Spread joy with Animal Visits, bringing our delightful animals to various settings. These interactions offer companionship, promote a positive atmosphere, and leave lasting memories.


Why Choose Crosskennan Lane:

  • Therapeutic Benefits: Immerse yourself in the soothing and calming presence of our animals, promoting emotional well-being and happiness.

  • Educational Opportunities: Gain valuable knowledge about animal welfare, care, and communication, contributing to personal and educational growth.

  • Joyful and Fun Atmosphere: Experience moments of joy, relaxation, and connection with our furry residents.

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Learning Through Horses

​At Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary, we offer transformative one-hour sessions where individuals can connect with our rescued horses and ponies in a unique and therapeutic environment. Each session is carefully crafted to meet the individual needs and goals of our clients, providing a personalized experience that fosters growth and development.

Our sessions begin with a sit-down discussion to understand your specific goals and aspirations for the session. We then move into interactions with our horses and ponies under the guidance of our experienced Equine Facilitated Interaction (EFI) facilitators. These interactions may include grooming, leading, and other hands-on activities that promote connection and learning.

Throughout the session, clients are encouraged to trust the process, embrace learning opportunities, and actively engage in the experience. While some individuals may experience immediate results, others may require multiple sessions to achieve their desired outcomes. Regardless of the timeline, our dedicated team is committed to supporting your journey every step of the way.

Our Learning Through Horses Programme utilizes Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)  to address a variety of personal goals. These sessions can be beneficial for enhancing self-awareness, improving communication skills, promoting self-care and responsibility, reducing anxiety, developing coping mechanisms, and boosting mood and overall wellbeing.

Sessions are priced at £40 each, with discounts available for multiple bookings. Group session costs may vary based on specific requirements and group size.

It's important to note that all income generated from these sessions directly supports the care and wellbeing of the horses and ponies at our sanctuary. By participating in our programme, you're not only investing in your own personal growth but also contributing to the welfare of our beloved animal residents.

To book a session or learn more about our Learning Through Horses Programme, please email us at We're here to help you embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and growth with our incredible equine partners.

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