Method

We teach, rehearse and repeat key resilience skills in an intensive and challenging, but fun way with feedback in-the-moment from specially trained horses. There is no discussion of the past. All sessions take place in action with the horses, there is no classroom content or talk-based therapy/counselling.We teach, rehearse and repeat key resilience skills in an intensive and challenging, but fun way with feedback in-the-moment from specially trained horses. There is no discussion of the past. All sessions take place in action with the horses, there is no classroom content or talk-based therapy/counselling.

Engagement (Confidence as a Learner) - enthusiastically taking on new challenges, pushing limits whilst also taking care of own confidence

Responsibility - taking responsibility for our own thoughts, emotions and actions

Calmness - having the habit of calmness and knowing how to create it in difficult situations

Assertiveness - able to be calmly assertive, without getting aggressive or upset

Realistic Analysis & Planning - Stopping to think before acting, making a realistic assessment of situations and planning accordingly

Focus & Perseverance - working towards goals despite setbacks

Relating to Others / Empathy - seeing the needs of others, offering care and support, feeling closely connected

Communication & Language - two way, respectful, assertive communcations, having language to talk about thinking and emotions

On the last day, each participant has a robust reflective session with their facilitator - looking at their progress in each of the areas of the Skills Star (below). Upon successful completion of the course, participants are presented with a certificate.

http://www.thehorsecourse.org/docs/star-7.pdf 

 A ten minute video submission for each participant is submitted to (Parelli Natural Horsemanship) for external assessment. Successful assessment results in participants receiving a Parelli Level 1 certificate and a brief report on their display of horsemanship. Participants receive their own copy of the filmed submission, and most are proud to share this with their family. We organise award ceremonies wherever possible to celebrate success.