Red Horse Foundation

Centre for Equine Assisted Therapies

Natural Horsemanship



A powerful and effective therapeutic approach that effects direct change

Come and learn about horsemanship and riding the Red Horse way

To help you build confidence and tools to meet life's challenges



Red Horse Open Day

Monday 6th April 2020 2-4

Saturday 17th October 2020  2-4



COVID 19: Public health restrictions currently prevent us from offering equine assisted therapy.

However we can still offer counselling support via SKYPE to those who need it, with a view to meeting our herd when circumstances allow.

If you need help in these uncertain, challenging times, please get in touch.


Red Horse Foundation in Stroud, Gloucestershire, offers Equine Assisted Therapies, Equine Guided Learning and Natural Horsemanship with our gentle herd.


Established for 10 years, the centre is set in 15 acres of beautiful secluded grounds, which include woodlands and abundant wildlife. We have a herd of 7 horses, stables, a sand arena, a round pen, yurt for private work and a classroom.


If you are looking for a proven therapeutic approach that is both gentle and powerful and that relies on the ancient bond between humans and horses, this is for you. Horses have been shown to be great teachers and to provide invaluable therapeutic support to people with a wide range of physical, emotional and behavioural problems. Uniquely, all our Equine Assisted Therapy sessions are facilitated by mental health professionals.  


We also offer Equine Guided Learning which is a skills-based approach that focuses on working with horses to develop life skills and build confidence. It facilitates personal growth and increases self-awareness. Greater self-awareness will enable you to examine your motivations, beliefs, and behaviours to gain a better understanding of your impact on others. This is intensified by working with horses because of their instinctual nature, which makes them prone to responding and reacting to changes in human psychology in the moment.


Our holistic approach to horsemanship and riding means sessions generally comprise two elements. In the first half you will build a relationship with your horse on the ground. The second half of the lesson will be getting in the saddle and riding, when this feels appropriate.

Visit the Services section to find out about our work or the Team and Herd pages to meet our team (both two-legged and four-legged!). If you have any questions or would like to contact us to arrange a session please get in touch.

Meet the Team

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Lisanne Peters

BA (Hons), Dip SEH,

PGDip Psychosynthesis Counselling

Lisanne is Director and founder of RHF. She founded Red Horse in 2010 with Ella Jones & Madeleine Cardani and the goodwill of many others, to pioneer one of the very first sole provider centres for Equine Assisted Therapy in the UK.

Ten years on Lisanne remains even more passionate about the deeply therapeutic and transformative encounter that happens when horses are invited to support people with the  life challenges they face. 

Lisanne’s trainings include PGDip Psychosynthesis Counselling & Psychotherapy, Advanced Trauma Training with Institute Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Equine Assisted Growth & Learning training (EAGALA). Diploma School of Energy Healing, and much learning time with inspiring teachers of EAT from the USA.


Nowadays her role includes creative development of EAT, running groups, teaching and mentoring. 

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Madeleine Cardani

Dip PRT, BSC (Hons), PGCE.

Madeleine is Co-Founder of Red Horse Foundation. She is EAGALA trained and a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist.


Her experience includes private practice psychotherapy, counselling and supervision. She has a background in education including nursery and primary education, as well as special education (including autistic pupils).

Nowadays Madeleine focuses on running groups, teaching and mentoring.

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Amanda Pearson

Centre Manager &

Amanda is our invaluable Centre manager. She manages the day to day running of the foundation, supporting all clients, staff and horses with the daily routine. 

Her professional background is many years working in health and education organisations. 

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Hayley Rivers

Fd Sc Integrative Counsellor, Adv. Dip Relational Supervision.

Hayley offers Equine Assisted Therapy, and Equine Supported Supervision  for counsellors and psychotherapists at Red Horse Foundation.


With extensive experience in addiction, eating disorders, loss and grief, depression and anxiety, Hayley incorporates different aspects of counselling theory in order to best meet the needs of the client.


Horses have always been a part of her life. She is EAGALA trained and  also holds a Diploma in Equine Psychology. 


Alex Stirzaker

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology,

Masters in Psychodynamic Therapy.

Alex worked in the NHS as a clinical psychologist for over 30 years. Her main interest is in helping people with complex needs who have often experienced complex trauma and PTSD. 


She has been trained in a number of psychological therapies including Eye Movement desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mentalisation.


Over the years she has been working alongside horses having undertaken EAGALA training to offer an additional way to enable people to learn more about their difficulties often when traditional approaches get stuck.

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Susan Turner

BA(Hons), ACP, BAP, Art Psych. HEAL Cert. (Human Equine Alliance for Learning)

Susan is an experienced child therapist, qualified in art therapy and child psychotherapy as well as equine assisted therapy. Registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists she has worked for over twenty years in the NHS and private practice.

Susan has helped many children and young people to overcome potential difficulties and to develop their full potential. Horses add an additional, beneficial dimension to her work.


The Yard Team

Anna, Amber, Blue & Becky

Anna, Amber, Blue and Becky are the very important people who keep our herd fit and healthy and ready to see you.


They give our horses lots of love and attention and make sure the yard is neat and tidy too. All of them have horses of their own. They try to stay out of the way when clients visit us but you can be sure they will be busy behind the scenes.


Blue, our yard manager has a BSc in equine science and is also a qualified health care/special needs assistant. Sometimes she supports clients who want to learn horsemanship and riding. Her passion is sustainable breeding!

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Alan Frank

Carpenter & Groundsman

Alan is responsible for the upkeep of the entire Red Horse site.

He is a highly skilled carpenter with a background of many years in theatre, design and photography. He also loves dancing!

Get in touch with the team:

How to find us:


Address: Red Horse Foundation,
Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2EF

Phone: 07963 863453



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