Outdoor therapy centre and pony interaction


A Christian outdoor therapy centre in South Norfolk featuring goats, chickens and rabbits has formed a partnership with Heart to Hand’s Cathy Koetsier to harness the healing power of pony interaction.

GUL Norfolk has offered outdoor therapy including time with small animals, wellness walks and outdoor crafts since it began in September 2020. Michelle Smith, founder of GUL Norfolk, has witnessed first-hand the unique aspects of human-horse interaction and it was her dream to see it offered in East Anglia.

Cathy Koetsier has owned horses for more than 30 years and she knows how good it is to live in their presence. When Michelle and Cathy met, they realised that their dreams of offering therapeutic opportunities for interaction with ponies dovetailed neatly, and that together they could make it accessible to people.

Pony Interaction sessions are tailored to the needs of the individual. Cathy loves facilitating opportunities for people to interact with ponies in ways that help both parties feel safe. 

In addition, GUL Norfolk and Heart to Hand are partnering to offer a lovely opportunity to frontline workers under HETI (Horses in Education International).

Find out more on the Network Norfolk website.

Contact Details:

Cathy Koetsier: Heart to Hand
Phone: 07899 687921
Email: cathy.H2H@outlook.com
Website: www.heart-to-hand.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Heart2HandUK

Michelle Smith: GUL Norfolk
Phone: 07746 933908
Email: michelle.smith@god-unlimited.org
Website: God-unlimited.org/gul-norfolk/

Published: 06/07/2021