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We believe that horses are for everyone, not just the privileged few. We offer scholarships for people with lived experience of disadvantage to train to work in the Equine Assisted Services industry. 


If you are on a low income or have lived experience of disadvantage, you may be able to train to become a therapeutic horsemanship, equine assisted learning or riding practitioner totally free of charge. Please email for an application form and more details.

Please note that training scholarships are in high demand and the trust receives many more applications each year than it can fund. In order to be considered, you need have first explored all alternative funding possibilities.

"Getting a Tinnis Trust training scholarship has had a much bigger impact on my life than I ever expected or even imagined at the time. It has given me lots of new things: new skills of course, but also new friends, a new outlook, new enthusiasm, new self image, new confidence and ultimately new hopes and plans. I have gone from being in a rather dark place where I couldn't even identify any dreams or wishes,  to now actually having started working towards having my own donkey EAT business! 


The program offers professional training and skills, in a relaxed, supportive and 'allowing' atmosphere, and being able to be around the horses is therapeutic in itself. Knowing that participants have different backgrounds and experiences, also makes it less intimidating. Having someone believe in me, when I wasn't really able to do so myself, made a huge difference in so many ways. Experiences and ' baggage' which I had seen as negative, a failure and something to be a bit ashamed of, now turned out to be something positive, even a strength, and the very reason that I was able to participate in the program at all. It does sound a bit cheesy, but it really has been a life-changing experience for me, and 18 months on, I still discover ways that it has had a positive impact on my life. 'Thank you' doesn't really cover it."

-Mia Harri

Funding Sources for Training Courses

Coming soon: More opportunities to retrain in later life through the introduction of a flexible student loan. As part of the Government's 'Lifetime Skills Guarantee', it has pledged to improve access to higher and university education for adults looking to retrain. This initiative will be rolled out across the UK under the 'UK Skills and Post-16 Education Bill' and will be supported via a new 'Lifelong Loan Entitlement'. This is what we know about the loan so far:

- It'll be available to anyone over the age of 16 in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 
- It'll be equivalent to up to four years' worth of student loans. 
- Borrowers will be able to use the loan 'flexibly' over their lifetime. 
- They will be able to use the loan at college and university.

We will update this page as and when more details about the the new scheme become available. 

The following links will give you information about grants and loans available in your area: