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     ~ Winston Churchill 
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Therapeutic Horsemanship

 

 

Therapeutic Horsemanship is an opportunity for young people to develop horsemanship skills.  Over a number of sessions they will build a relationship with the horse and learn to play a number of games with it.

This is a one-to-one service and our aim is that the young people develop strategies that will be helpful to them in every area of their lives whilst having fun and developing new skills.  Sessions can cover such topics as building rapport (getting along with people),  hygiene, being assertive, building confidence, positive communication and managing emotions.   We use the Parelli Natural Horsemanship™  seven games as the basis of this work, which focuses primarily on safety whilst starting to build a relationship with the horse. It teaches the young person how to take the horses feelings into account and how to ask politely and to manage their emotions.


The specific topics are tailored to each young person's needs.  Therapeutic Horsemanship can be fixed at a series of sessions, usually 10.  Schools have found this programme helpful to their students and it fits well with in a school term. We can provide this service during school hours.

This programme has been particularly effective in working with young people on the autistic spectrum, as well of those with a range of emotional behavioural difficulties. For each young person we then adapt the program to ensure that we meet the individual learning outcomes and Occupational Therapists recommendations. For example a greater emphasis may be placed on knot skills if fine motor skills need development or carrot stick skills where gross motor skills are the focus.

Through all of this, they develop a sense of achievement that comes from learning a new skill. One of the sessions the young people say they particularly enjoy is learning to play football with a horse.  At the beginning they invariably think this is impossible and by the end they have learned that you can achieve far more than you imagine if you will give it a try.

As a long term nurture programme, Therapeutic Horsemanship works well for young people who need one to one attention.  We have found it to be particularly effective for those young people who are suicidal as it gives them time to relax, be listened to, receive unconditional positive regard and begin to find possibilities and hope in a future and something to look forward to.

 

We use our NLP and Solutions skills to enable them to process the difficulties In their lives. Because they are doing this whilst working and developing a relationship with the horses it is helpful for those who find sitting in a more formal counselling session difficult.  

 

As Winston Churchill said, "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man" and we see this, most of all, with these vulnerable young people, as they begin to see possibilities for the future.  We have seen those whose anxiety is keeping them away from school able to begin to engage in education again and even planning to go to college.   We can support them while they are there too.

It is also possible to move from the Therapeutic Horsemanship on to the pony share scheme (space permitting) when they no longer need the intensive one to one approach.  

 

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Case Study - Muntham House School

 

 

In September 2013 we were asked by Muntham House School near Horsham to provide Horsemanship Training for the boys from the school who all have Emotional Behavioural difficulties.  Many of them have a diagnosis of Autism.

 

This programme is a combination of one-to-one pony share, which works on a basic syllabus of horsemanship, and uses NLP linguistics and a Brief Solutions approach to enable them to think about life and how they might improve their life outside the field.

 

We previously held these sessions at Lower Sparr Farm, Wisborough Green thanks to the kindness of Mr and Mrs Haines who allowed us to use their premises. (The school could not get the boys to Littlehampton as it is too long a journey). We now hold these sessions at our new site in Wisborough Green

 

Staff from Muntham House School have said ‘they [the pupils] are loving what we are doing’