Carrington Riding Centre

Changing Lives- Alternative Provision






 Perfect for young people who don’t quite fit into mainstream school and who would thrive in an environment such as ours.


Changing Lives Through Horses

Currently we are providing a 16-hour week which is broken down into 4 daily sessions of 4 hours. Each session is made up of a 2 hour training session towards BHS qualifications and then 2 hours work experience where each participant will gain relevant skills and experience from working in a farm type environment and riding school.

The course that we are working towards is designed for beginners so it is not important for the young person to have any experience working with horses, dogs or the outdoors, they simply have to show a desire to be in this environment.

It is also not necessary for the young person to learn to ride a horse although this is certainly an option and in our experience, a big attraction for being on this course.


Changing Lives Through Dogs

We are also offering a ‘DOG’ course for young people who love being around dogs. On this course, we will be providing instruction in dog grooming, dog walking and doggy care.

These projects can be made as flexible as possible to suit an individuals’ needs, and can adapt the sessions accordingly. We would however recommend that weekly attendance is necessary to ensure good progression and continuity of learning.


Changing Lives Through Small Animals

We are now able to offer our alternative provision to include a ‘SMALL ANIMALS’ course for young people who adore animals. On this course, we will be providing instruction in animal care which include feeding, correct habitat and environment, ailments and care.



These projects can be made as flexible as possible to suit an individuals’ needs, and we can adapt the sessions accordingly. We would however recommend that weekly attendance is necessary to ensure good progression and continuity of learning.

Costs & Timetable

We understand that schools are already under financial pressure so we intend to keep the costs to a minimum in the hope that it will be affordable.

Post 16 – 1-2-1 – £125 Plus VAT

Post 16 – Group (up to 4 students) – £65 Plus VAT – (Can only have a group space if the current group are yr 11’s)

School age – 1-2-1 – £110 Plus VAT

School age – Group  (up to 4 students) – £38 + VAT

We can be flexible on times and days between 10am-2pm, Monday –Friday.

Please note our 13-stone weight maximum. Riding is not compulsory

Our Vision

‘To support people to develop the skills,and the desire, to return to education and/or employment’

We passionately believe that horses have a remarkable role to play in the help available to young people when more traditional methods have failed them. The equestrian environment provides a powerful way of inspiring young people to connect, improve well-being and become productive members of society.

With our 531 British Horse Society Approved Riding Centres in the UK, supported by more than 20,000 BHS Instructors, we intend to bring this formidable infrastructure to the forefront of helping young people connect into society through education and employment.

Changing Lives through Horses is a new educational programme which will be shaped over time to provide a wholly sustainable intervention which will change the lives of those it reaches.

Our Mission

The BHS will work in partnership to deliver a programme which meets the needs of disengaged young people, to change their lives through the development of key life skills, and engage them back into society. The success of the programme will be measured through the evidence of change within key skill areas. We will be led by the following core principles:

  • To change lives through horses, dogs or small animals
  • To be sustainable
  • To build effective partnerships to create a world class education initiative
  • To be knowledge based
  • To nurture now for the future


Who are the target audience?

The programme will be aimed at young people in secondary school education who would be more suited to an alternative provision to mainstream school. We envisage over time the programme will be expanded to support a wider disengaged community.

If you would like any further information regarding our courses,

please call 0161 969 5853



Bring your class or community group for an informative day visit to our farm.

As part of a new initiative, we are trying to encourage more young people to participate in the sport of horse riding. Riding is an extremely enjoyable way for young people to get more exercise, appreciate the open air and learn about the responsibility that comes with being involved in the care and welfare of animals, which can, in turn contribute to the young person’s wider personal and social development.

Consequently, we are inviting you to consider using our approved Riding School as a venue for external visits as part of the extended curriculum or community organised activity. We can accommodate up to 16 young people between the ages of 4-16 on one visit.

The structure of the day would include:

  • A half hour or full hour (depending on requirements) beginner’s lesson per young person.
  • Comprehensive tour of the Riding School.
  • Grooming demonstration followed by an opportunity for the young person to practise the observed skills.
  • Instruction on saddlery and tacking up horses.
  • Presentation on basic stable management and equine behaviour.
  • Opportunity to watch one of our instructors jumping a course followed by time for questions and answers about how we break and school young horses.
  • Lunch and drinks can be provided by prior arrangement.

Please note that young people will be supervised the whole time and we can tailor these days to suit your groups age and ability.

To promote this initiative, we are offering an introductory discounted rate which starts from £20 per person.