WE WON!! 3476 VOTES!

Thank you for helping us to win National Lottery Funding!!

Jo and Giles would like to send a massive Thank You to everyone who voted for “Whispering Ponies” in the People’s project. Massive thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to help Bodster CIC get votes – both on the Island and the mainland. It shows how a community and people pull together.

“It means we can buy the horse box. It means we can use the money to train up volunteers. It means we can carry this on and develop it and produce immediate photographs to give to people we visit. It means we can visit lots and lots of places on the Island with our ponies and develop an intergenerational project where young and old can share their love of ponies.”


Michael Lilley, IOW Councillor

Bodster CIC is an amazing community project which helps so many especially those with dementia, learning difficulties, mental health issues, and young people in care. I have seen it in action and seen them work with individuals that have not responded well to other forms of therapy but responded amazingly to the Bodster ponies. They get amazing outcomes for the most marginalised in our community and deserve to be finalists and win. If they win, the Island will gain much needed funding.

It is important to note that over the years Isle of Wight Council has supported Bodster through grants from Community and Adult Education and they always over exceeded their outcomes so IW Council should highlight Bodster as a project of Excellence. We can share in their success. I am so proud they are finalists.

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




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