London Underground workers who were traumatised by the 7 July terrorist attacks last year are being given special rehabilitation using horses.
Since the attacks, six staff have undergone “equine-assisted psychotherapy” at the Stepps rehabilitation centre in Gloucestershire. Another five have had other treatments at the centre.
Sam Quinlan, a director at Stepps, said using the horses to help in therapy could break down barriers that might otherwise take months to overcome in one-to-one sessions. “This [the horse therapy] will get to the root of it a lot quicker,” she said. “People become very vulnerable and honest wheb they’re around horses.”