Positive Change through Connection with Horses


Spiritus Equis – the spirit of horses – formed in 2014. The team is based near Erlestoke, Wiltshire and we offer equine assisted therapy and equine assisted growth and learning activities to help children, young people, adults and families.  We also work with community groups and corporate services.

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Michael Korda

Spiritus Equis provides a place where horses connecting to children, young people, adults and to families, can bring about positive change in peoples lives and help to build stronger relationships and communities.

We work together as a small team of mental health specialists, equine specialists and of course horses. Our approach to working is strongly influenced by the EAGALA model.

The centre at Downswood is home to our therapy horses, and is set in 7 acres of beautiful, tranquil grounds with paddocks, a stable area and a small herd of curious alpacas.

There is a parking area and reception/break-out room adjacent to the sand school.

We are based in West Wiltshire

at The Stables, Downswood, Gt Cheverell, Nr Devizes, Wilts. SN10 5TW

On the B3098 between Erlestoke and Great Cheverell


Get in Touch

…if you are intrigued, curious or just want to know more do make contact

10 Year old Boy June 2018

“Being able to be with the horses, leading them around over obstacles made me feel kind of calm and relaxed and in control.  Everyone was really kind and it was interesting to talk about what the horses were feeling and hearing.  I really enjoyed it and loved just being with them.”

1 day ago

Spiritus Equis

We have had someone that is now unfortunately unable to come to the workshop at the weekend, so if anyone wants to take the space please do let us know!
You will get to meet these gorgeous fluffies and there is a fantastic Christmas crafting activity lined up!
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4 days ago

Spiritus Equis

Breakfast time at ranch! (Check out Horacio jumping the fence!) Alfie has been a bad influence and has taken Horacio under his wing and shown him how to escape and be extremely naught!! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Spiritus Equis

🌟🌟 🌟 VOLUNTEERS 🌟 🌟🌟

We are looking for people over the age of 18 that are confident with horses and animals that would like to spend some time with them and help our small business to progress.
This would include skipping out the field or stables (the positive of this is some serious outdoor ‘me’ time - it can actually be quite therapeutic in itself ... who knew!!)
And grooming the ponies / giving them pamper sessions!

We are insured for volunteers over the age of 18.
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Half Term Session for Young People

Workshop for 10-13 year olds 31st May 3-5pm Come and spend some time having fun and learning alongside horses. Discover ways to develop… Confidence Social skills Communication Safety Respect Focus Where: Downswood, Great Cheverell, SN10 5TW contact: Clare on 01380...

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Another exciting event for Spritus Equis

Yesterday, in partnership with YouthInc and Wessex College, Spritus Equis hosted a demonstration of our work with young people with complex needs. We travelled to an open day at a lovely new children facility and delivered a demonstration session of our work to staff,...

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EAGALA accredited    

All our team are are accredited through EAGALA.

Our services are delivered in line with Wiltshire LSCB policies and procedures

All of our staff are Enhanced DBS checked