North Region
County Durham
Alternative Education Provision

The AEP isprovided on site and know as OpenArms Ltd.

We have been providing riding therapy at our County Durham Centre for over seven years. Over the years have had a range of clients who have had a range of emotional, social, behavioural and mental health issues.

Our centre offers a safe place where individuals can come and enjoy working with our horses, ponies, pigs, goats and small animals. Visitors find the Centre to be a peaceful, therapeutic place where they can build up relationships with our animals and humans!

We have seen profound differences in the self confidence, behaviour and happiness of our clients by just being here and working with our animals and staff.

We have always provided Alternative Education Provision for some schools in County Durham, however, as a result of recent meetings with DCC , we are now expanding our AEP and are now part of DCC directory of services.

We provide a special building on site especially for our AEP pupils and are developing the activities they can do here at the centre to include maintenance work around the farm and outdoor activities such as mountain biking, fishing and walking as well as horse riding, carriage driving and stable management.

Prices include a high quality service with dedicated and enthusiastic staff.

Please feel free to ring for a chat or to arrange a visit to the Centre.
Riding Centre for Special People 2018 © Computer Insight
Where we are
Get Involved
Wear Valley RDA
What our visitors say:
Laura - attends on a Friday. “
I really enjoy going to the centre. I have made lots of friends and I like working with the animals. My favourite horse is Ruby. Riding her has really helped my weaker side and has given me more strength in my ankle ."
Interesting facts:
Ponies are small horses. They are measured in hands
(4 inches or 10 centimetres). A horse is over 14.2 hands.
Riding Centre for Special People Ltd

" There is something about the outside of a horse, that is good for the inside of a man ”, Winston S Churchill