Youth Programs

 

Prepare your children to take on the challenges that life throws at them.

Let’s help our kids to build an armour of skills so they know how to protect themselves and move forward with all that life throws at them and have self-awareness about their own behaviour through our powerful teacher, the horse.
 
Our unique approach harnesses the immense power of horses who accept participants without judgment. They respond to energy, intentions, actions and body language.
 
All our experiential programs for children and teens are not only educational but have been designed for them to acquire strength-based life skills such as effective communication, enhanced problem solving, a better understanding of body language, and respecting personal boundaries, among others.
No prior experience necessary – no riding – participants partner with their horse from the ground.
 
Our programs include:
  • Young Leaders – designed for 10-13 years

  • Embracing Change – designed for 14-17 years

  • Teen Girls – a wonderful series empowering young women

One of the many bonuses of working with horses vs a classroom setting is the component of interactivity because we all learn differently, but we can all take away lessons that we learn through our experiences. Each of our exercises is custom designed to maximize learning potential and focus on developing individual skills as they work through each fun interactive group challenge.

Teams/individuals will;

  • develop relationships

  • accept responsibility and accountability

  • overcome barriers to find change

  • be encouraged to be creative and innovative

  • find opportunity in working together

  • realize the benefits associated with effective communication

  • and recognize the value of mutual trust, respect, and personal
    integrity…All while having a blast!

Equine Assisted Learning acts as an important educational tool to help to develop empathy and kindness as well as combat;

  • Behavioural disorders

  • Low self-esteem

  • Bullying

  • Drug abuse

  • Emotional issues

  • Poor communication skills
  • Inability to work with others

Teachers that deliver results!

The horse has unique characteristics which can contribute to a distinct human-animal interaction and is one of the many contributing benefits to an individual’s wellbeing. The horse is a: teacher, motivator, strength and calmness.
Physical well-being are identified through:
 
(a) physical status – improved physical health (taking part in other physical activities because of Equine Assisted Learning participation, children feel better about themselves physically)
 
(b) the importance of physical touch with the horse – experiencing healthy or safe touch (while grooming, i.e. brushing their body, braiding the mane, petting the horse, hugging the horse, standing close allowing for body contact)
 
Mental wellbeing can include mood/feelings, cognition, perception, thoughts, self, intellect, emotion, judgement and identity through perceptions of self.

Social wellbeing focuses on interpersonal relationships of the individual’s relationships or associations with friends, family, community and the universe. All programs are focused on becoming a better communicator through the understanding of space, body language, and dialogue.

Positive change in behaviour (increased awareness of self, others and own learning) like a horse that has boundaries and they are clear as to where they want a person to be. The distance and the horses reaction when you cross those boundaries, this is what we look for in people too.

Our weekly program series builds on one skill each week and then continues building on those skills as the participants move to the next week. All skills learned in the arena are paralleled back to our everyday lives, ensuring that the learned skills are transferred to how we deal with people, choices and the world around us.

The horse is a teacher, motivator, strength and calmness.

Why does it work?

Participation, retention, fin and… a horse!

What can a 400+ kg teacher do for our kids?

The value of working with horses as a teaching tool to learn new skills have been proven time and time again in the teaching of young people and especially teenagers. The use of an equine assisted learning program is a unique way to teach young people.
 

What if we could have a window into our own behaviours?

Horses understand how to differentiate between potentially threatening behaviour and a calm and assertive nature. Children and teens who have the chance to work with our youth development programs are able to learn how to modify their behaviour through sets of exercises that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. This type of teaching cannot be delivered in a classroom. It is the experience of being in close contact with horses that has the most effect on young people.
Let us help you develop life skills that will transform your life
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