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Activities to Skills

Tools to help throughout life

Our mentors use the horses and the farm to provide participants with a variety of experiences so they can learn new skills, many activities can achieve more than one skill, below is only an example of what some activities might look like. Each person is different and therefore each of our programmes vary and students progress through in different ways and times.

Communication

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Horses are the masters of non- verbal communication. Students learn this language when interacting with the horse, receiving immediate feedback from the horse.

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Activity

Asking the horse to move in a certain direction or leading over an obstacle course. Body language from you is key for the horse to willing oblige. Giving clear directions.

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Horses are excellent at building emotional safe connections. They are non-judgemental. They are accepting, and give trust based on 'present' positive interactions.

Self Esteem

Activity

General interactions with the horse, doing simple grooming tasks and receiving positive feedback from the horse and mentor.

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Horses and the farm environment are very sensory experiences so ideal for students who are highly emotional or withdrawn.

Manage Emotions

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Students benefits from the calming heart rate of the horse (Co- Regulation) through touching the horses. Practicing calm decisive movements with the horse will also aid these skills.

Team Work

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Horses interpersonal dynamics are very similar to ours, so they facilitate social skills and teamwork, whilst working with them.

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Activity

Students see they can become the leader with the horse, and the horse listens. This confidence is transferred into working with others on practical tasks.

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Horses want you to be their leader, so are ideal to demonstrate to students what good leadership behaviour looks like.

Leadership

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Students learn and see how to engage and be seen as the leader by the horse. This responsiveness, decision making and planning can then be applied to other social situations.

Problem Solving

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Horses are curious and playful and help students learn boundaries, problem solving, perseverance and resilience.

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Horses are gentle and don't take offence, creating a 'safe' environment to practice and keep trying different methods, having the confidence to try again until they get the result they needed. Unconditional support from mentor.

Resilience 

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The horse's interactions totally encourage resilience, they don't get upset, or judge, but patiently wait for you.

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The overall learning from the programme supports positive learning, and this naturally grows resilience to any problem or situation.

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A variety of practical skills are used and taught to allow students to experience the social and emotional behaviours.

Practical Skills

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All the skills being observed will assist the participants in their daily lives and also get them ready for employment

Below is a list of the simple tasks and activities the mentors may use with the horses and on the farm to allow participants to learn new social, emotional or practical skills

Activities - Horse: 

  • Catching and haltering horses

  • Tying up horses

  • Grooming horses

  • Weighing and preparing feeds

  • Leading and handling skills

  • Maneuvering over obstacles

  • Learning horse behavior

  • Picking up horses feet

  • Painting and dressing up horses

  • Animal hang out time

  • Relays and horse games

 

Activities - Farm:

  • Bush walks

  • Adventures into the hills

  • Non horse-games

  • Planting natives, vegetables, soil types, weeds

  • Working with dogs

  • Fencing and paddock jobs

  • Use of tools

  • General farm maintenance

  • Drawing and painting

  • Craft

 
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