Time Out With Horses - Women
This programme is for wahine and designed to be fun. It focuses on confidence-building along with gaining personal insights. Horses and donkeys help women create awareness of things such as personal space, body language and the ability to manage emotions. Attendees are encouraged and empowered.
Participants don’t need to have had experience with horses. We explore topics such as communication, identity, emotions, team work, leadership, fears, purpose, friendships, choices, self-talk and more. The ponies and donkeys help participants learn these skills in a tangible way. The majority of our work is ‘on the ground’, meaning students may 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 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 four aspects:
Handy Skills: Gain practical skills, horse care skills, as experiential ways of learning responsibility, teamwork, problem solving, and perseverance.
Equine Time: Gain horsemanship skills as experiential ways of learning confidence, trust, empathy, respect, leadership, perseverance, boundaries, problem solving, body language and non-verbal communication.
Team Activity: Address topics that arise the week before that are relevant to participants, gain team horsemanship skills as experiential ways of learning interpersonal confidence, trust, empathy, respect, leadership, perseverance, boundaries, problem solving, body language, and non-verbal communication.
Debrief Time: Solidify and reflect on experiential learning, turn into cognitive understanding, reflect on personal strengths, success and challenges, and gain feedback for next session.