Horses help lead teenagers back on track

Nine young people from the Doncaster region have just completed the first ever Prince's Trust Get Started with Horse Care programme, which aims to give them the skills and confidence to find a job
Nine young people from the Doncaster region have just completed the first ever Prince's Trust Get Started with Horse Care programme, which aims to give them the skills and confidence to find a job
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NINE young people from Doncaster have just completed the first ever Prince’s Trust Get Started with Horse Care programme, which aims to give them the skills and confidence to find a job.

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust joined the British Horseracing Authority and the Northern Racing College at Rossington Hall to deliver the free five-day residential course for unemployed young people who have an interest in horses.

The course gave the young people an introduction to horseriding and the racing industry, building their confidence and self-esteem.

They also gained qualifications, practical skills in handling and grooming horses and basic first aid, team work and presentation skills.

Kiera Wilson, aged 16, said: “If I hadn’t taken part in the programme I’d still be running away and not attending school.

“Now I am taking my exams and in the future I’d like to become a forensic scientist. I loved the course so much that I’d like to carry on working with horses – at least as a hobby.”

The Prince’s Trust provides support for three months to help participants into employment, education or training.