Vote to help us win £50k of National Lottery Funding - We are finalists!!

We’re going on ITV on Friday 20th April, 6pm as finalists and a short documentary film will be shown about us.

  • We are 1 of 5 finalists and the 3 with the highest number of votes WIN!!. Please vote now! Every vote counts.
  • Vote here. Click Meridian West area on map (purple) and then click on our project ‘Whispering Ponies’
  • Voting starts at 9am on Monday 16th April and closes at midday on Monday 30th April 2018 – Please vote now, and share this email with your friends – we’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.

We desperately need our own horse box to bring the Bodster Pony Team to dementia homes, schools and others locally who need some vital pony love.

See “Tippy” at

Tesco, Ryde, Monday 16th April 10am,
Asda, Newport, Wednesday 18th April, 10-30am

Every vote counts. Thank you.

VOTE HERE (Mon 16th April - Mon noon 30th April)

About Us

Bodster Equine Assisted Learning Centre is run by us, Jo and Giles Boddington. We offer Equine Assisted Learning, where People develop a range of skills, improving their self-esteem, understanding their own behaviour and increasing their emotional intelligence in a supervised horse environment.

Our courses are open to anyone from 6 to 90 years of age. People do not need to have had any experience with horses before and we pride ourselves in working with people on an individual basis whatever their specific requirements.

Why Horses?

Horses are social animals with individual roles within the herd. They have their own personalities and moods and they have very successful, non-verbal communication based on body language and energy. This all reflects the individual’s role within society.

Horses are non-judgemental and have no pre-conceived assumptions that might limit the learning process. They do not judge according to our appearance, the colours of our hair or our history. They do provide instant feedback based on our energy ‘in the moment’.

Is this for me?

Enquiries are welcome from parents, carers, statutory and voluntary organisations, HR team builders  or any individual looking to develop employability skills or anyone from 6 years to 90 years of age.

Our aim is to raise aspirations and ambition and to nurture skills and attributes needed for personal fulfilment and to make a positive contribution to businesses, the community and society.

Please explore our website and use the Contact Form below for further information on our Courses, safety elements and any other wellbeing, accommodation or travel issues you may have.

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Sign up with easyfundraising and install the little reminder so that each time you shop on line at various stores the store will contribute a percentage of the purchase price to us. You get the goods and you get to feel good! And we get a much appreciated contribution to enhancing the lives of our learners. Thank you from all of us at Bodster!


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I would wholeheartedly recommend Bodsters as a unique and professional provider of alternative provision for young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties. …more

Lou West

Head of the Inclusive Learning Centre, Ryde Academy

They have made a positive contribution to individuals and the wider community and I am pleased that Bodster is now established as a Community Interest Company …more

Rob Brindley

Commissioning Manager: Adult and Community Learning, Isle of Wight Council

I have seen amazing difference with the clients with confidence and just pleasure in their life.The sessions with the ponies have changed some peoples lives! …more

Erica Myers

Health Trainer, The Health Trainer Service

On returning from a day at Bodster Equine Assisted Learning Centre our son is a little calmer and more relaxed which obviously has a good effect on our family life. The program at …, makes an unmeasurable contribution …more

Paul and Sarah Wiltshire

Parents of a boy with ADHD, Ryde Academy




Please watch this short video of what we want to be able to do more of and if moved please vote for us Thank you Bodster CIC = direct link…/v…/whispering-ponies
Thanks everyone from Bodster!! #eaqbodster #Peoplesproject #naturalhorsemanship #nationallotteryfunded #isleofwight #dementia #naturalhorsemanship #equinetherapy #newforestponies @iowBobSeely @godshill @age_friendly_island @ageukisleofwight @isleofwightlife @the_local_directory @lynblackledgeITV Meridian short film, Whispering ponies People's Project. Jo and Giles take Tippy to visit Highfield House, Isle of Wight.

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So we went to Morrisons Newport to ask people to vote for our project - Whispering Ponies - meanwhile Tippy relaxed with her herd in the field. A well deserved rest for her we think. thanks for all the support so far Please keep voting -
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and sharing as we still need lots of votes to have any chance of success and would be great if we could run this project. Thanks everyone from Bodster!! #eaqbodster #Peoplesproject #naturalhorsemanship #nationallotteryfunded #isleofwight #dementia #naturalhorsemanship #equinetherapy #newforestponies @godshill @age_friendly_island @ageukisleofwight @isleofwightlife @eaqbodster @the_local_directory @lynblackledge

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