“Horses give us an awareness of soul, of who we are in the deepest—where it matters; a consciousness and a sense of our connection to the divine spark within and without; a seeing and a knowing of our place in the stream of life; an ability to stand with courage in one's centre, whatever happens.” 

— Dawn Oakley-Smith, Founder

Heartshore Horses was founded in 2003 by Dawn Oakley-Smith. Having spent a lifetime alongside horses, Dawn's sensitive, therapeutic approach is the total opposite of traditional horsemanship methods which makes her an unusual horsewoman in the Gloucestershire landscape.

Dawn works with horses from a healing perspective, taking into account the journey each and every horse may have been on before they reach her. Just as with people, this way of being allows Heartshore horses freedom to choose; something Anna Sewell (Black Beauty) would be proud to witness.

Heartshore is a place where the learning and development of both people and horses are intertwined, with the horses revealing a different perspective on life as we know it. 

Dawn and her family work with people and horses in a variety of ways which can include Equine-assisted Learning, Horse Riding, Horse Dance Workshops, Natural Horsemanship and more. Heartshore also hosts workshops for young people through Key4Life, a charity working to turnaround the lives of some of the most disaffected young people in Britain. 


As we are going through quite an unprecedented time, we understand it's not possible for everyone to travel to Heartshore. Dawn offers telephone and video consultations to support with behavioural, relationship, physical and emotional wellbeing. Contact Dawn for more information.

The Heartshore Herd are kept on-site and the farm is situated next to Gatcombe Park Estate. There are trail rides that take us through Gatcombe, deep into the beautiful Cotswold countryside, and other trails that weave and wind through nearby villages, woodland and across open common land.  

Some of the Herd are available to loan, a perfect opportunity for you if you're not ready for your own horse, and there couldn't be a better place to learn and collaborate. Find out more about our horses available for loan here.

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Heartshore Horses, Crackstone Barns, Crackstone, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, GL6 9BD

Tel: 07918687031 

email: info@heartshorehorses.com