A HORSEMANSHIP PROGRAM FOR @ RISK YOUTH
The Mane Matters Program develops social behaviours for at “Risk Youth” through interaction with horses, reining in antisocial behaviours using basic horsemanship to teach core social etiquette
- This is a horse specific program that teaches basic social etiquette through observing equine behaviours.
- It will provide basic horsemanship skills to the young person to enable them to work with the horse safely.
- It will help to develop acceptable social skills to navigate the young person away from negative behavior patterns
- May enable a pathway to employment into the horse, rural and farming industry
LIFE SKILLS THAT CAN BE IMPROVED BY EQUINE EXPERIENTIAL
- Improve interaction with others
- Team building
- Improve family relationships
- Actions = Consequences
- Self confidence
- Leadership skills
- Sense of achievement
- Initiative development
- Greater self-awareness
EQUINE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING (EEL)
EEL program aims to show participants an insight into horse behaviours and mannerisms, which can allow them to learn that their behavior will have a reactive response not only on the horse but people in their lives. The interaction between the horse and participants is carefully overseen in a safe, positive environment to build confidence, self- esteem and life skills.
EEL promotes strategies to attain healthier relationships that in turn can improve wider group and family dynamics.
EEL sessions bring together horses and people in a safe, supervised space designed to be positive and empowering.
EEL is an interaction between horses and people designed to promote, hands on approach to experiential learning.
EEL will equip participants with invaluable life skills
People often do not experience EEL as learning in the traditional sense because it is fun.
Horses react honestly to the way they are approached. For example if rushed the horse will feel threatened and may retreat, which therefore reflects how the participants has approached a situation, which then can be used as an honest non-judgmental effective teaching lesson. As horses reactions are honest to the handler’s behavior and how our actions have consequences.
Participants grow in self-confidence and learn how to overcome situation’s in a calm, healthy, happy and effective manner. The horse’s reactions then shows participants where their strengths are and areas where improvement can be made.
The bond that participants form with the horses can show a much faster improvement in areas that need strengthening, to develop a much enhanced quality of life, by the life lessons and skills that horses can teach.
EEL session give life tools that can be transformational to the way life is approached.