Time Out With Horses - youth
This is our main programme for one or two vulnerable students with a ‘Buddy’ and a pony or donkey.
It is a concentrated time for fun and learning while gaining farm skills and experiences.
Students also get hands-on with our fabulous horses and donkeys while gaining confidence.
Students don’t need to have had experience with horses. We explore topics such as Well-being, Identity, Choices, Self-Talk, Friendships, Emotions, Teamwork, Communication, Passions, Boundaries and more. The ponies and donkeys help the students learn these skills in a tangible way.
All our work is ‘on the ground’, meaning students do not get to ride until the last session.
Our Time Out With Horses programme can be adapted to suit our clients re content and time
however our standard sessions run for between 2-3 hours weekly for up to 10 sessions.
Every student goes through Orientation and a Safety session, Horsemanship 101, and the programme includes at least 4 aspects:
Farm Tasks: Gain farm skills, life skills and horse care skills, as experiential way of learning empathy, responsibility, teamwork, problem solving, perseverance.
Equine Time: Gain horsemanship skills as experiential way of learning confidence, trust, empathy, respect, leadership, perseverance, boundaries, problem solving, body language, non-verbal communication.
Team Tasks: Gain team horsemanship skills as experiential way of learning interpersonal confidence, trust, empathy, respect, leadership, perseverance, boundaries, problem solving, body language, non-verbal communication.
Debrief Time: Solidify and reflect on experiential learning, turn into cognitive understanding, reflect on personal strengths, success and challenges, gain feedback for next session.