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Yorkshire Animal Assisted Therapy/Activity Centre running alongside Albert's Horse Sanctuary

Animal Assisted Therapy/Animal Assisted Activities

(AAT) and (AAA)

Albert's horse sanctuary also offers Animal assisted therapy and Animal assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient's social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. It is also known that animals can be useful for educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. Albert's horse sanctuary is set in the beautiful scenic view of Cawthorne, where clients can come and if just for the time they are there feel like all their troubles are left behind, where they can feel safe and connect with our animals. AAT starts from the patient’s perspective, identifying the patient’s needs and finding a suitable animal. But we also believe that the client and animal chooses each other, and you will know when you have found the right animal for you to start your therapy with. We will then see how the animal you have chosen can help you. The animals at Albert's horse sanctuary have come from many different backgrounds and have their own stories to tell and we believe that once a client has that bond with that animal the animal starts a bond with that person, the animal might not be just helping you but you could be helping each other, and that's what makes therapy at the sanctuary so special. We have a variety of animals which include Horses, Donkeys, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Rabbit, Cats, Ducks and all give that little something different to your needs.

Animal Assisted Therapy is a hour one to one session with an animal suited to your needs.

Animal Assisted Activity is a 3 hour or a 6 hour session. In this session there will be different activities which will be chosen to your needs whether it is an activity with the animals or an activity around the animals.

If you would like to know more or would like to refer yourself or a client please go to our Contact page.

Thank you

Animal Assisted therapy


I saw a child who couldn't walk

Sit on a horse, laugh and talk.

Then ride through a field of daisies

And yet, he couldn't walk unaided.

I saw a child no legs below

Sit on a horse and make it go

Through woods of green

And places he has never been

To sit and stare, except from a chair.

I saw a child who couldn't crawl

Mount a horse and sit up tall

Put it through degrees of paces

And laugh at the words in our faces.

I saw a child born in strife

Take up and hold the reigns of life

And that same child, I heard him say

Thank God for showing me the way.