Equi Works Groups

On most weekends and during the holidays 



This is our club that runs throughout the year for people with a passion to learn about

  • Animal care  including  Guinea Pigs, Hens, Turkeys, Ducks, Horses, Dogs 

  • The Farm Environment

  • Pasture Management

  • Gardening.

  • Bee Keeping (TBA)

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Become a member of Equi Works and volunteer with us at the weekends and during the holidays.

We have training programmes in place with certificates of achievements once completed.

Equi Youth Works group is aimed at young people aged 4 to 17

A great way to learn about animals and join in the fun at the yard.

You will learn about horses from the ground up..... play games and tricks, learn to harness up for the carriage and carriage driving.

On days that it is not so nice we do tack cleaning, crafts and now we have all the equipment for you to print your own hoodies as well as other things we need for the animals.

We are also registered for Saltire Awards and you can build your volunteering portfolio and gain points.

We run most Weekends and during the holidays throughout the year.

Equi Works Group is aimed at anyone 18 or over to join us. 

You will learn the same as the younger group and also can work up to being our Group Leaders and help the younger members.

Both groups work towards achievement badges and these are presented as and when we have an assessment day.

We are working towards having 'online profiles' for all our members and hope to have these available soon.

Email through this link to arrange a visit 

More about 'Equi Youth Works'

Equi Youth Works @ The Mane

Our club is aimed at anyone that would like to take part, from aged P1 to Adults. (P1, P2 &P3  parents/carers will be expected to stay and supervise for the session)


We run weekly sessions during term time at the weekends usually starting at 12 noon until approx 4/5 pm.  These session may run over time but all parents will be informed, and vice versa if parents NEED kids finished for a specific time please tell us.


The club is aimed at improving social skills, having fun and learning all aspects of horses, ponies, dogs and a few more of the animals we have at the centre.


In the beginning everyone will be issued with a booklet that they can take home and this contains some things they can learn, quizzes, colouring in and more.


Come prepared.....

Dress Code – WARM. Jacket. Jumper/Hoodies. Tshirt long sleeves perferred. leggings/jodpurs (wear tights underneath), waterproof over trouser(keeps the wind off), Trainers for going home with and a bag to carry wellies/dirty clothes home in. Wear 2 pairs of thinner socks rather than 1 thick pair.


Compulsory – Wellies, Gloves (2 pairs) Change of clothes. Hat/baseball cap/headband

Long hair tied back. Snacks, drinks etc


Please make sure everything has your name on it in case it gets muddled with all the mountain of stuff stored in reception.


Riding hats are provided (when we need them) if you bring your own please make sure you take them home with you.


Our sessions will start with a welcome and introduction (each time until everyone knows everyone), then we will always discuss yard/centre safety.


The club will be learning about the horses, colours, markings, breeds. We will spend a lot of time talking about horses thoughts, feelings, problems, solutions and comparing them with our own and teaching emotional literacy.


Badges and certificates can be awarded for; recognising certain pieces of equipment, tying a halter, catching a pony, ground work with a pony, putting a saddle and bridle on,grooming, learning the grooming brushes, how to get on a pony, how to hold reins properly, how to get off..... and loads more.


Show Jumping & dressage – the club will learn how to plan and build a course of jumps and the scoring involved, they will also have their own competition where they jump the course on foot. They will learn a dressage test and we will have a competition for that too.

(All fantastic for memory work, problem solving, learning routines, literacy, numeracy, movement and fine motor skills)


Nature Trail and Feeding Stations – the club will get involved in helping establish this. We will be painting stones, making bird boxes, as well as learning about the environment they are working in.

Fairy Village – this will evolve as time goes on.

Spending time up the hill - either walking or travelling in Ralph (the landrover), investigating the area, drawing painting, local history and how it all works.



Trips out are all at an extra cost (TBA)

Trips out (Hopefully) – Appleby Fair (may require parents to come too), Iain Jardine Racing Stables & Police Scotland. James Smith Showjumper. All to be arranged as and when we can.


Days out representing the centre.... Dalbeattie, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse, Newton Stewart. We take the horses along and the public get to meet them. All voluteers can come if they want. We also take part in local gala days and parades .... Again if restrictions allow.





Susan Murdoch (Project Leader, Volunteer, Mum of 4) Previous employment - Inclusion Team Teacher with D&G Council lives along the road from the yard.


Fully insured and All staff/ Adults have full Disclosures.


Point of contact will be Susan Murdoch 07876 593 868  (text is best).