Every school should have a horse, says actor Martin Clunes

The Sunday Times is reporting that actor Martin Clunes has urged every school in England to be matched up with a horse to boost children’s happiness and wellbeing.

The newspaper reported the Doc Martin star’s comments as the country’s biggest equine charity, the British Horse Society, launches a campaign to help children regain confidence and interest in learning through riding and interacting with horses.

Clunes is quoted as saying:

“Every school in this country should have links to horses. I think even the Household Cavalry would welcome a visit from schoolchildren. I know how much difference horses can make to children’s lives.”

The actor said that working with horses could inspire and motivate youngsters. It could help children with mental health problems and conditions such as autism and dyslexia as well as disaffected youngsters who had lost interest in education, he added.

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  1. Janet Downs

    Schools can do without the extra expense of caring for a horse. Clunes is right that riding a horse can help children, including those who find it difficult to connect with humans, but this also applies to other, less expensive, pets. That said, there might be mileage in certain special schools linking with Riding for the Disabled.

  2. helenh71

    Martin Clunes is spot on. We have been using Equine Assisted Learning at our Primary School in Cambridgeshire for the past year. The results for the children with learning and mental health difficulties have been amazing. Sadly, due to a cut in funding, it looks like our project will have to finish at Easter. The effect on the children involved will be devastating.

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