Spring/Summer 2022 Programs

SPRING /SUMMER 2022

CREATIVE HORSE CONNECTIONS GROUP

Participants will learn basic ground centered skills to safely partner with a horse to greet, groom, and lead to/from paddock, stall and/or ring. Instructors will teach participants basic equitation including, but not limited to emotional regulation and self-care as well as basic horse knowledge, safety and handling. Expressive arts will be utilized to assist in learning and reinforcement of experiential learning.

This program was available to 6-8 participants of all genders, ages 9-12. No skill or previous experience was required for attendance. This program ran from May 4, 2022 to June 1, 2022.

AGILITY AND LIBERTY IN LIFE

Would you like to deepen your communication and working relationship with horses? You will have an opportunity to build trust, effective communication and have fun with horses.


The horse at liberty offers a unique experience of expressing freedom and choice. Out of all the prey animals, it was the horse’s curiosity which lead them to man over 3,000 years ago (Temple Grandin.) This unique relationship can offer profound experiences. How do we communicate with a 1,200 lb prey animal? How do we invite them to stay with us and how do we ask them to move away toward a desired goal?  How do we gain their trust? Ultimately the client asks how do I get a willing participant when we are not totally aligned? Something most effective leaders ask or intuitively do.  

In this course we will be introducing basic horse care (stall care and grooming) that we believe initiates the relationship of trust. Clients will work hands on with the horses under guided supervision in the pastures, barn and various arenas. Obstacles will be created in these controlled environments for the client to maneuver their horse through. We will have discussion groups before and after every session for goal setting and reflection. There will be observation time as well.

The culmination of our time together will be the client taking the horse at liberty through an obstacle course with the goal of being as far away from the horse as possible and still giving effective direction.

This program was available to 6-8 participants of all genders, ages 13-16. No skill or previous experience was required for attendance. This program ran from May 2, 2022 to June 13, 2022.

CREATIVE HORSE CONNECTIONS CAMP

Come learn about developing creative and meaningful relationships with horses in this introductory horse camp. Campers will learn basic ground centered skills to safely partner with each other and with horses from the paddock to stall and the ring.  Creative arts will be utilized to assist in relationship building and reinforcement of experiential learning. Instructors will teach campers basic equitation as well as social emotional regulation and self-care in order to deepen the connection process. 

–> No skill or previous experience in horses or art required for attendance. Campers should wear closed toed shoes and bring water, sun screen, and insect repellent. 

This program was available to 6-8 participants of all genders, ages 9-13. This program ran from June 20-June 23, 2022

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