Minister visits Social Farm in Claudy


Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots, MLA, has visited Gortilea Social Farm in Claudy to view hippotherapy, a type of equine assisted remedy and studying in motion.


Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots, MLA is pictured with Clare McMonagle and Smokey the horse throughout a go to to Gortilea Social Farm in Claudy to view hippotherapy, a type of equine assisted remedy and studying in motion.

Gortilea Social Farm is run by Clare McMonagle and her household. It was opened in 2014 by Clare’s father, Seamus, who continues to be closely concerned in daily actions. Many weak adults avail of a variety of actions at Gortilea together with caring of livestock, planting crops, cookery and crafts. These actions give them with an consciousness of the land on which they work and sustainability of identical.

Throughout his go to, Minister Poots stated: “Visiting Gortilea’s farm at this time has given me an ideal perception into the observe of hippotherapy and the contribution it makes to the bodily and psychological well being and wellbeing of the individuals participating. It’s fairly phenomenal.

“Utilizing the horse as a help instrument below the umbrella of equine assisted remedy and studying has proved an thrilling new initiative within the equine world, providing a lot wanted remedy and counselling to weak members of our society.

“I wish to thank Clare McMonagle and her staff for displaying me how hippotherapy is used at Gortilea Farm in a therapeutic method to fulfill the assorted wants of younger adults in her area people.

“My Division is at the moment working to progress a Technique for the Equine Sector in Northern Eire. The event and promotion of Equine Assisted Remedy and Studying will likely be a key element of that Technique.”

Clare McMonagle, Occupational therapist and director of Gortilea Social Farm CIC stated: “We’ve been delivering social farming since 2014 and proceed to see first-hand the advantages of the utilising the farm as a therapeutic setting for many who have extra help wants. 

Recognising the advantages of hippotherapy in observe, I developed the primary Equine Assisted Occupational Remedy centre in Northern Eire in 2016. Hippotherapy makes use of the pure motion of the horse throughout strolling to duplicate the sensory enter/motor output of the human pelvis throughout energetic strolling.  Supported by funding from the Division, now we have been in a position to proof the holistic advantages of Equine Assisted interventions as a part of Occupational Remedy observe and the life altering influence it might have.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. Gortilea Social Farm is run by Clare McMonagle and her household.  It was opened in 2014 by Clare’s father, Seamus, who continues to be closely concerned in daily actions. Many weak adults avail of a variety of actions at Gortilea together with caring of livestock, planting crops, cookery and crafts. These actions give them with an consciousness of the land on which they work and sustainability of identical.
  2. The 2019 Deloitte evaluation of the NI equine sector recognized Equine Assisted Remedy and Studying (EATL) providers as a key theme for improvement.  Following that evaluation, the Division is at the moment engaged on the event of a Technique for the Equine Sector in Northern Eire. A Cross-Governmental Equine Technique Steering Group has been established to tell its improvement. It’s anticipated that EATL will likely be a key element of the Technique. The Technique will likely be topic to public session in the end.
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