There have been significant changes set in motion at The Donkey Sanctuary’s donkey assisted therapy centres. This area of work is one of our primary focuses alongside the welfare of donkeys and mules.
After 40 years of donkey assisted riding therapy operating essentially as our founder Elisabeth Svendsen imagined it, our programme is getting a beneficial make over. The Donkey Sanctuary has recently trialled and introduced a new programme, which sees children spending a little less time on the back of a donkey, but significantly more time interacting and engaging with the donkeys.
This approach will see children learn through experiencing and discovering things about the donkeys through hands-on interaction with the donkeys. It provides more opportunity for a connection between donkey and child on an emotional as well as a physical level.
This also means we can now measure those “magical moments” of engagement of the child with the donkey but also assess if the donkey’s life is enriched as a consequence.