COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY

EQUITOTS LANARKSHIRE 

ABOUT US​​​​​​​

Equitots Lanarkshire CIC became a British Horse Society (BHS) Approved Centre in November 2018. 


This means we have been assessed by the British Horse Society to ensure you are receiving the highest standards of excellence.


BHS Approved means that we are regularly inspected to ensure we meet high standards of safety, horse welfare and tuition. Please take a look at the BHS Approved Centres page to see how we scored, we achieved Highly Commended for Horse Welfare which we are extremely proud about.  We use three levels of grading: Approved (A), Commended (C) and Highly Commended (HC). ​​​​​​​


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PROPRIETOR​​​​​​​

LEE VALANTINE

Equines have been a huge part of my life for almost 40 years and I understand how they read and respond to non verbal messages.  Their response can provide children with visual familiarity to how other relationships and dynamics in their lives could happen.  They have the chance to work through issues in a safe and non judgemental environment.  Where the response they receive is not the one they expect or want they have the opportunity to change their own actions to have the equine respond differently with immediate feedback.  They can see for themselves real change within the moment.  Children and young people are therefore given the opportunity to explore to be themselves and build relationships on an equal footing

I want to be able to share my knowledge and experience of communicating with equines and using the outdoor environment to improve learning, health and wellbeing of children across Lanarkshire by providing a service which will allow them to improve:


  • Social and emotional skillls
  • Ability to self correct and regulate
  • Self Advocacy
  • Open a pathway to learning

MEET THE PONIES​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The ponies here at Equitots Lanarkshire CIC are part of our family and very much part of the Equitots Tribe. Chico and Mac have unique personalities that help our learners begin to understand social interaction and appropriate responses. Please take the time to read through their biographies as they are much loved and valued members of our team!  Equine Welfare is of paramount importance here at Equitots Lanarkshire CIC and we aim to keep our ponies healthy happy pony partners for our visitors.​​​

CHICO

MAC

​​​​​​​Cheeky Chico is a 12hh 15 year old Welsh cross bay gelding.  He has been part of our family since the Summer of 2007. He started off as my son Rory’s riding pony and then moved on to become my carriage driving pony participating in numerous Pleasure Driving classes and taking 1st Prize one year at the Royal Highland Show.  He still enjoys driving and helps Santa at our Santa Grotto events by bringing him to the Grotto on his cart!

Mac is a 14.1hh 18 year old Connemara cross flea bitten grey gelding who has lived with us since December 2017.  Prior to life as a therapy pony at Equitots Lanarkshire CIC Mac taught two little girls all they needed to know about ponies, looking after them and of course winning them lots of rosettes.  He competed in dressage, show jumping, cross country and pony club games when he was the apple of their eye but is now enjoying a much quieter life.

SERVICES​​​​​​​

There are a variety of services that we offer here at Equitots Lanarkshire Community Interest Company. Please view them below and see what you think best suits your needs.

1. RIDE WITH CONFIDENCE

Equine Assisted Learning is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities.

INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES

SCHOOLS/GROUPS

We offer one to one Ride with Confidence lessons with a BHS qualified instructor.  Lessons are 30 mins and are on a one to one basis.  During the lesson the participant will learn about horse care and riding.  Lessons cost £20. Maximum weight limit 10st.

We offer 1.5 hour sessions for a maximum of 4 children at a cost of £80.  We recommend children attend for a minimum of five weeks as a block to receive the most out of our service. The longer children can engage in this environment the more comfortable and confident they become which is then demonstrated in their improved learning. We can arrange for participants to engage in Hi5 Awards, BHS Challenge Awards and or BHS Achieve Awards, please discuss your requirements with us and we can advise of any additional costs.  Group bookings for five week programmes cost £400 for the whole group.  Maximum weight limit 10st.

2. FOREST FRIENDS

​​​​​​​We would love to introduce you to our Forest Friends Sessions. These take place in an outdoor natural learning environment such as a woodland or open space with trees, streams and other interesting natural features.

INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES

SCHOOLS/GROUPS

Forest Friend sessions last two hours and cost £7.50 per child. Forest Friends takes place monthly, usually on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
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We can accommodate a maximum of 10 children per leader.  Bookings should be made direct with Lee via our Facebook page or the Contact Us Submission Form on this website.

A 2 hour session for 10 children costs £50.  We recommend children attend for a minimum of five weeks as a block to receive the most out of our service.  

​​​​​​​A 5 week block for 10 children costs £250 in total. 

RIDE WITH CONFIDENCE

A 1-to-1 horse care and riding lesson designed to promote confidence and ability. Ideal for those who require a quieter environment, a one to one approach and who need to gain confidence with horses. ​​​​​​​

RIDE WITH CONFIDENCE​​​​​​​

FOREST FRIENDS​​​​​​​

EVENTS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​

Here at Equitots Lanarkshire Community Interest Company it's not all about the ponies!  We think it is important to provide our visitors with a range of opportunities for networking, socialising, learning and celebrating success! 
Wider community events and activities for the families who use our services are organised on a regular basis. 

If this is something that may interest you then please browse the upcoming events by navigating to
our Facebook Page to check out future planned events!

TESTIMONIALS​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​

Equitots is an amazing place where we can go and be ourselves with no judgment. This place gives us time as a family and my family and I love it. Lee is one in a millions and we are truly grateful for everything she has done for us especially our son. 

-​​​​​​​ L. Ireland

Had a fantastic day at equitots and Mactuff kids event today what a great day everyone loved it was so surprised how well brandonlee done thank you so much both of you for the fantastic opportunity for the kids xx 

-​​​​​​​ H. Martin

-​​​​​​​ A. Potter

An amazing place, amazing people and an amazing experience !!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you have any questions or if you require to discuss your requirements with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Our Address

Strathview

Yieldshields Road, Carluke

ML8 4QE, Scotland​​​​​​​
01555 773793 or 07823331126
​​​​​​​lee@equitots.com

Business Hours

Thursday: 9am - 7:30pm
Friday: 9am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 5pm​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

If you require Forest Friends for a special occassion or group booking please Contact Us for availability. ​​​​​​​

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