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What is Care Farming?

Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices. Care farms:

  • Provide health, social or educational care services for one or a range of vulnerable groups of people
  • Provide a supervised, structured programme of farming-related activities
  • Utilise the whole or part of a farm. Be they smallholdings or community farms. Provide health, social or educational care services for one or a range of vulnerable groups of people, including those with mental health problems, people suffering from mild to moderate depression, adults and children with learning disabilities, children with autism, those with a drug or alcohol addiction history and disaffected young people.
  • Provide services on a regular basis for participants, where clients/participants attend the farm regularly as part of a structured care, rehabilitation, therapeutic or educational programme.
  • Are commissioned to provide care farming services by referral agencies such as social services, health care trusts, community mental health teams, education authorities, etc. Clients can also be self-referred as part of the direct payments scheme, or be referred by family member of family. We provide opportunities for young people who have behavioural and learning disabilities to work along side our horses and help improve their confidence, self esteem, improve mental health and well-being.

FERC is set in a beautiful location within minutes of the historic town of Hadleigh in Suffolk. French’s is set in 18 acres of picturesque tranquil countryside. We aim to offer a warm welcome to all visitors, regardless of ability. We maintain a calm, confidence building atmosphere where our clients can take part in a range of activities.

Care Farming with FERC brings together horses and people in a new way by incorporating Equine Assisted Therapy. A relationship developed with a horse can offer challenges to help develop communication skills, self confidence and self esteem, build up trust, respect and compassion, help with problem solving and coping techniques as well as overcoming fears. These skills can be transferable to many other areas of day-to-day life.

Horses naturally respond to the emotional issues people bring to sessions, issues which are often displayed in their interactions with the horses. This provides FERC with a unique insight into a client’s individual difficulties and creates an environment where the horses can then support both the client and FERC in working towards change. This partnership between horses and individuals provides an environment for tremendous personal growth and development and we believe visiting our farm will enrich each persons visit. A high standard of care and welfare for all of our animals is an important part of FERC and we pride ourselves on the individual care and management of each animal or person that comes through our doors.

Research studies have shown a link between animals and positive effects on disabled or traumatised children. Such pairings are credited with boosting confidence and social skills and improving physical stamina and coordination in children despite their less-than-ideal circumstances. Reports have also suggested that individuals who work in the field of animal-assisted therapy benefit in the form of the personal satisfaction they achieve when presiding over the animal-human bond. Grooming a horse has been shown to help emotionally scarred children and young adults learn the benefits of caring for, and bonding with another creature.

FERC’s programs range from 2.5 hours to 5 hour full days. Costs range depending on program. You can download more information in our carefarming leaflet.

For your information:
  • Disabled provisions
  • Parking
  • Insurance
  • Picnic area and tea room
  • Toilet and hand washing facility
  • Caring experienced staff
  • First Aid trained/CRB clearance
  • Accreditation
  • Education offered alongside experience
If you would like to attend French's Care Farm please download and complete the referral form. Please return all completed referral forms to the below address or email as an attachment to

French’s Equine Rehabilitation Centre
Pond Hall Road

Contact name: Jann Turner
Contact telephone numbers: 01473 833944 or 07747755556

CEVAS (Country Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme)
Jann Turner and FERC are accredited with CEVAS and are qualified and entitled to display the trained personnel logo.

French's Farm, Pond Hall Road, Hadleigh, Suffolk IP7 5PQ
Tel: 01473 833944 M: 07747 755556
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