Our programs give children and young people a variety of tools to manage the difficulties and opportunities of life and develop a strong sense of self.
Change provides many opportunities to grow or develop. Children and teenagers must be able to explore their strengths, be proud of who they and have the necessary skills to be fulfilled at work, home, school. It is a challenge for parents and for the youth as it is tough, demanding, and simply exhausting! But how exhilarating to have youngsters know who they are, what they want, and the skills to get there.
Observing how horses treat each other with acceptance, kindness, honesty, tolerance, patience, respect, trust, forgiveness and compassion can inspire families and individual members to apply this learning with parents, friends, and in all relationships.
Children 13-17 years of age
Sessions can be provided to individuals or to group in the same age range. Check website to see offerings for Summer Camps.
Children need to have a strong sense of self, and a variety of tools in order to manage the difficulties and opportunities they will encounter.
Activities will focus on:
- Developing positive self talk.
- Clear and respectful communication.
- Listening more than you talking.
- Creating a routine.
- Honesty. If you don’t know, it’s ok, find out.
- Flexibility. It’s not about perfection, it’s about the try and being flexible.
By working with horses’ children will:
- Increase self-awareness.
- Increase ability to self-manage.
- Take responsibility for tasks.
- Explore decision-making.
- Learn to create realistic goals.
- Improve relationship skills.
Youth 18 years and older
Sessions can be provided to individuals or to group in the same age range. Check website to see offerings for Summer Retreats.
Given the pace of change today, parents need to understand that there’s no endpoint in their teenagers development.
Leadership is a practical and valuable skill that can help your teenager go far later in life.
FACT: Good leaders are good communicators
They need to communicate and LISTEN.
FACT: Leaders have a positive belief
Leadership means adopting a “Yes, I can!” approach.
FACT: Leaders learn to develop resilience
Overcoming challenges, being able to “bounce back” from disappointment and being open to trying a different approach are important areas that leaders must develop.
FACT: Good leaders are responsible for their actions
Being committed to something and taking ownership are qualities of a leader.
By working with horses teenagers will:
- Gain confidence in their strengths. The learning and mastery of a new skill—horsemanship–enhances confidence in their ability to tackle new projects, and leads to improved self-esteem.
- Become self-efficient. Learning to communicate and form a connection with a large animal promotes renewed feelings of efficacy.
- A motivated “I can do it!” replaces feelings of being overwhelmed or unmotivated, empowering the person to take on challenges in other areas.
- Improve communication skills and self-awareness. Horses’ sensitivity to non-verbal communication assists youth in developing greater awareness of their emotions, the non-verbal cues that they may be communicating, and the important role of non-verbal communication in relationships.
- Learn to respond instead of react to constructive feedback.
- Learn to be assertive and maintain respect.
- Set and achieve goals.
- Learn strategies to manage their time efficiently and prioritize.
- Give More than You Receive. Learn what’s important to others.
- Take responsibility. Be real. Be vulnerable. Admitting mistakes and correcting missteps will take you far when it comes to building relationships.